Big Daddy Kane Salutes Kendrick Lamar For ‘Control’ Verse

By Elijah Watson with reporting by Sway Calloway

Legendary MC Big Daddy Kane sat down on “RapFix Live” last week and shared his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar’s controversial verse on “Control.” As you’re probably aware of, Kendrick’s “Control” verse blew up after the rapper shouted out his peers J. Cole, Drake, A$AP Rocky and many others, only to warn them that he’s, “trying to make sure your core fans never heard of you n—-s.”

Kane, whose been a part of the rap game long enough to see rappers like Kool Moe Dee and Busy B battle each other, was concerned that the verse would only lead to a “Twitter battle.” “I was basically trying to say to the MCs out there that really believe that they’re real MCs, and they’re in it for the sport, if you’re upset with what dude said then respond. That’s what an MC does,” Kane said.

Kane also reminisced about sharing raps with Kool G Rap at two in the morning, and being pitted against fellow legendary MC, Rakim. Although a mutual friendship with Eric B., Rakim’s longtime DJ and producer, stopped Kane from ever spitting at Rakim, a rap line written by the latter almost changed that.

“This girl gave me a photo–I remember it like it was yesterday–and it said, ‘Dear Kane, I wanna set it off and get R.A.W. Ain’t no half-steppin’ because I’m gonna break your wrath in half.’

So I handed the picture to my man Ant Live who’s Eric B.’s brother. And he asked her about it and she said, ‘Yeah, Rakim got this song called ‘Break The Wrath In Half.’ You ain’t heard it? Eric B. played it for me’…So, we laughing about it, but at that point Ant was like ‘Yo, this is just getting too out of hand man. Y’all really need to talk.’

So, Ant Live called Rakim and he told me that he had a line he was gonna put in a song, but he took it out. And I told him I had something that I was gonna put in a song, but you know I took it out. And we just squashed it and left it alone.”

Recently, the two MCs appeared together at a Summer Stage event celebrating Kool Herc’s 40th Anniversary in hip-hop.