Joseph Gordon-Levitt (x)
Ugh, I’m sorry to double post with two quotes, but he’s dropping another truth bomb here. I hate when people misinterpret 500DOS and think of Summer as some kind of bitch, or, alternately, as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. That’s only how his character saw her. To me, this movie was basically about Nice Guy Syndrome: A guy who thinks he’s just so nice that he’s entitled to the woman he wants, and when she decides she doesn’t want him back, she becomes a bitch, or a whore.
VIBE Magazine compiled a list of rappers who’ve responded to Kendrick Lamar’s controversially awesome verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” where he calls out a number of his rapping peers/competitors, that they need to step their game up.
VIBE pulled the best lines from their tracks, then commented on them in terms of their efforts.
13. Iman Shumpert – “Dear Kendrick”
Standout bar: You the king of New York since ’007, don’t play that/That’s the big homie, I hope the Knicks spend on me/So I can keep the same jersey I came in with
VIBE says: Iman, please have a seat on the bench.
12. Bizzy Crook – “Kendrick Forgot About Me”
Standout bar: I’ve been moving like ADD nigga/Kendrick Lamar was never talkin’ bout me
VIBE says: Seems like Bizzy Crook missed the point.
11. Fred Da Godson – “Say My Name”
Standout bar: This is verbal murder, I know I’m killing your vibe/You got New York sick so you the cancer/It’s like Philly ’96 draft, I’m The Answer
VIBE says: Valiant attempt, but we’d rather hear 40 bars from Allen Iverson, himself
10. Ransom – “Control” (Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bars: I’m Making these niggas feel like the sky’s falling/guys crawling/women screaming for mercy/Ransom don’t hurt me these verses
VIBE says: Cool reply, bro. Still waiting on a lyrical address to Nicki Minaj.
9. King Los – “Control” (Remix)
Standout bars: Kendrick I think you genius, J. Cole got these niggas worried/Big KRIT is a Southern killer, Wale is a visionary/Pusha been pushing so long he truly defines a hustler/
VIBE says: Los takes the high road. Maybe he’ll get a feature verse out of it.
8. Kevin Hart – “Control” (Video: Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bars: Kendrick Lamar, you don’t want this work/ I body people in bins bigger than pots and dirt/I got Porta Potties in the dug out first base/You come to my base/that means you wanna chase me/
VIBE says: You gon’ get this work! With just the intensity in his face, in 15 seconds Kevin Hart tops several Kendrick responses.
7. B.o.B – “How 2 Rap” (Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bars: Ain’t no rappers on my list/Come holla at me when you’re done riding each others dick/25 million singles worlwide, I’ll guess I’ll take another hit
VIBE says: B.o.B is in his feelings for not being mentioned. The “Swimming Pools (Drank)” mockery is priceless, though. Not sure why so many folks forget this guy can really, really rap. .
6. Mickey Factz – “South Park” (Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bars: Fake Omar Epps, just be a schoolboy, Q/Gonna prove Factz wrong, talk over that shit/You set the bar high, nigga, I vault over that shit/Hollywood star, nigga, I walk over that shit/You say you sick? I cough over that shit
VIBE says: Wow, there’s a resemblance between K. Dot and Omar Epps? (::rewinds Juice::) Anywho, Mickey killed in this response, and he’s coming for everybody on that Black Hippy roster. When is that debut album coming?
5. Astro – “Kony” (Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bars: Talking about how you the king of this state, that’s time wasted/You kicked harder lines on the Miguel collaborations/
VIBE says: Astro’s taking shots! Real clever, and save for an F-bomb he’s keeps it rated PG.
4. Cassidy – “Control” (Freestyle)
Standout bars: My bars been crazy, I’m Slim Shady with black skin/I got the battling belt/The hardest battle I done ever been in is when I battled myself/I hold weight so don’t make a giant battle with elf
VIBE says: Cassidy lets it be known that he does this. Just ask Freeway.
3. Joell Ortiz – “Outta Control” (Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bar: Little homie you ain’t the king of New York/You the next thing on my fork
VIBE says: This is no first-responder advantage. Joell Ortiz is heated and hungry, literally.
2. Papoose – “Control”
Standout bar: Good kid, mad city, you know nothing about the trap/On your album cover you sat on another man’s lap/
VIBE says: Coming out of no where, Papoose emerges with this scathing attack on K. Dot. Pretty good, but c’mon Papoose, you should cut Kendrick some slack for giving you shine at Summer Jam. #neverforget
1. Lupe Fiasco – “SLR 2″
Standout bars: I ain’t competition, I don’t move shit/The only opposition is this new shit… He’s so crazy, look at the little baby/Nigga you ain’t Nas, nigga you ain’t Jay-Z/You will respect me, you will reject me/But I’ve done so much, no matter how far you go, you will reflect me
VIBE says: Lupe didn’t even have to drop K. Dot’s name to get his message across. Touché.
Transition to manhood is the most important thing that’s going on right now. The caps and the gowns and your tassels and your honorary blah blah blahs don’t mean nothing. That’s just dress. That’s just some clothes. Meaningless clothes, too, because they have no real purpose in life.
They don’t keep you warm. What do they do? They just represent to someone else that you’ve achieved something. But then when you look back at it, what have you achieved? For young Black men, [manhood] … it is one the last things that we have … and one of the last things that we can control. Manhood is connected to humanity."