Meek Mill hasn't forgotten about Kendrick Lamar's "Control" diss, and he's up for the competition. The Philly rapper teased a response a few days ago by naming a Cassidy diss song, "Kendrick You Next," and kept his promise with the official counter, "Ooh Kill Em."
Speaking to MTV News, he broke down the Rio-produced heat, which samples Dr. Dre's "Forgot About Dre." He would've dropped the record immediately after "Control" lit up the Internet, but scheduling conflicts got in the way. "The day I dropped it was the day I finished it," he explained. "I've been working on my mixtape, Self Made Vol 3., and trying to get music for my album so I didn't really have time just to focus on diss raps."
On the track, Meek tells Lamar that they're not in the same lane. "You do it for the n---a with the backpack / I do it for the n---as on the corner tryin' to make a meal ticket with a crack pack."
He also addresses the ubiquitous "King of New York" assertion: "Man, you claiming you the King of New York / What the f--- wrong with you n---a, snap back / Hundred shots, aimin' straight at your snap cap / Everybody want the crown 'til I snatch that."
Of all the lyrical bombs in "Control," as an East Coaster, Meek took particular issue with the New York declaration. "New York is right next to Philly and Jay Z is still here so I had to make a statement about that," he said.
If the cuts seems sharp, that was the intention, but it's all in good fun. The two have even seen each other since "Control" was released, and there's no bad blood. "Kendrick made a statement where he wanted to be competitive, so I made it competitive," Meek added. "It's a lot of people who he said their names but a lot of people like to play chess and poker, etcetera, and I'm just having fun. I could do that all day, so I just wanted to start it off and let him know — let's play. I like having fun, I love to rap, so it's fun to me."
K. Dot had similar intentions. "Honestly I didn't know there would be so much speculation behind it," he told L.A.'s Power 106 radio station last month. "I just wanted to rap. Anybody that knows me doing music, I wanna just rap."
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