You know it’s real when the ‘King of Controversy’ himself, gives kudos to one of the most talked about verses this year. That’s exactly what happened when Eminem discussed his opinion on fellow Aftermath artist Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ verse.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Eminem praised Lamar on his character and even mentioned they recorded only a couple a weeks before Kendrick unleashed the infamous verse:
“I completely respect what Kendrick does and the fact that he’s in the same camp, that he’s on Aftermath, only made sense to [get him on the album],” said Em. “He came to Detroit, we kicked it for a few minutes, you know, and I felt the vibe of what he’s like and everything, and you know, he’s a super cool and super humble dude. When we did that record, I think that was actually a week or two before he did the verse to ‘Control.”
Further in the interview, Eminem spoke on how he felt about the killer verse that had every body talking:
“He seems like he’s got a really good head on his shoulders, man. He’s very smart and you can tell by the way he put his album together for one. He’s like a Hip Hop head, man. He just loves Hip Hop. And obviously the way that he did the ‘Control’ verse, it was almost like if you get mad at him, then you might look foolish. He set it up so that you can’t really get mad at a lot of that shit he said because it was what every other emcee is already thinking. Or you should be thinking.”
I definitely agree with Eminem on his view of the controversial verse. When going against so many other great artist, you should want to be the best you can be. It’s not as if he just went on an all out rant, Lamar even acknowledged that he was friends with some of the rappers he named. The verse was a perfect promotion for potential friendly competition. Maybe it even pushed a few fellow rappers to go a little bit harder now… who knows?
Tell me what you think?