Two weeks ago, Kendrick Lamar raised a ton of eyebrows with his frothing, forceful verse on Big Sean’s “Control (HOF).” During that verse, Kendrick — from Compton — called himself the king of New York and called out a long list of his peers by name, claiming that he’s trying to annihilate all of them whenever he raps. There have been many responses to that “Control” verse since it happened, but most of them have been from relative nonentities like Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden. And now the teenage Brooklyn boom-bap revivalist Joey Bada$$, another guy not named in the original song, has thrown in his two cents. Joey’s new track “Killuminati Pt. 2″ never mentions Kendrick by name, but it’s clearly all about him, and it’s angry. Listen below.
You can download Joey’s slapdash, inconsistent new mixtape Summer Knights here. It is not exactly strong enough to give Kendrick any reason to lose sleep. Neither, come to think of it, is this song.