According to our scorecard, A$ AP Rocky is the first rapper called out in Kendrick Lamar‘s earth-shattering “Control” verse to substantively respond to it. The Harlem rapper was on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show, and when asked about K-Dot declaring himself the King of New York, Rocky responded thusly: “That king of New York shit, you smoking crack. You crazy.”
Rocky, who enlisted Lamar for his LongLiveA$ AP cuts “1 Train” and “Fuckin’ Problems,” went on to say “I got a crib in L.A. I’m doing the same venues, if not bigger venues…I’m not gonna say I’m the king of L.A. I could, at least I live there.”
Watch the full interview below.
Other than the bogus NYC claim, A$ AP Rocky is cool with the challenge laid out by Lamar, echoing a sentiment many others have shared: namely, that it could reinvigorate hip-hop’s old school, competitive spirit. “I feel like that nigga’s one of the most talented of our generation. I ain’t got nothing but love for my whole TDE fam,” Rocky said. “I think hip-hop needs this shit[…] The nigga didn’t say nothing about nobody mother, he ain’t want problems. He said these is my niggas and I’m lettin’ ya’ll know it’s competition. What’s the problem?”
And the self-described pretty motherfucker says the fallout shouldn’t be focused on a who’s-who of responses, but on everyone lifting their game up. “It’s not about being relevant or not because hip-hop ain’t about relevance, man, it’s all about the sport, it’s all about the culture.”