This week we present our interview with McCallaman, a young Toronto musician on the rise. He’s most known...
At last, the "Control" response to end all "Control" responses. Skyzoo just dropped "Along The Way", the final instalment in his Penny Series Pt. 2, and he takes the opportunity to put an end to all this knee-jerk tomfoolery of overreactions to Kendrick's wake-up call. The Brooklyn emcee hops on Jay Z's "Allure", produced by The Neptunes, and gets right to reminding everyone who's been about the lyrics from jump:
"I did it from day one/ I never took off a night, I never shook off the light in the midst of a grey run/ I told you what I was on, and showed you double or nothin'/ The ones who really heard is the ones who cut the discussion/ Like "nah, Sky got it, there's nothin' for him to prove/ If he ever laced 'em up, you'd be runnin' outta your shoes."/ You being whoever, the name of him doesn't matter/ They know I'm not for play, I'm raisin' 'em up as rappers..." "Two for two with the classics and got a third comin'/ And I ain't dropped one verse that didn't earth somethin'/ Even the throwaways were s--- you would go to play/ And say that the only thing beside it that you know is Jay/ The day ones? All of 'em know how me do/ I'm pretty much Earl Manigault, but no needles/ So when you talk to Kareem or Wilt or Connie Hawk'/ Remember who they was modellin' when they stepped on the court..." "I'm New York to the death, when they was changin' they teams/ But they opened up the doors for him to say what he please/ It don't help that the real king went and gave him the keys/ Doing verses on the remix, s---, why wouldn't he think he's it/ I would think the same with all them reach-ins/ Not a shot, it's just a drop of honesty/ And if I pour the whole glass, that's more that you gotta clean/ So I'll leave it there, and you know where I stand/ Talkin' music to my friends, and one love to my fans."Now I don't want to hear any more responses, hear me? Stream/download "Along The Way" below, and make sure to check out our interview with Skyzoo.
Break hip-hop down to its essence of instantly memorable lyrics with unpredictable metaphors and wordplay over carefully chosen beats, and you have everything embodied by Toronto’s "12th Letter".12th Letter let us world premier his single "What's My Name" on The Come Up Show Radio a few weeks ago and it was released to blogs just today. Always keeping us in the know he gives us the premier of his freestyle over the "Control" beat that everyone has been talking about this week. Now we all know there have been rappers responding back to Kendrick and releasing their own versions on this beat or alternate instrumentals. This isn't a response to Kendrick but I do think it is what Kendrick is talking about STEPPING your bars up, any artist can't help but feel inspired and share that with the people. This is what in my opinion 12th Letter did you tell what you think in the comments section. Download: 12th Letter- "Control"
Philadelphia emcee Cassidy is no stranger to battle rapping so its only right he also responds to Kendrick's verse on "Control". He just doesn't go at Kendrick though and gives his thoughts on the state of hip-hop and the trends we hear about so much. He delivers a whole song full of strong and memorable lyrics. This is one of the toughest responses so far and all rappers should hear this before responding. Listen to the track below. Also make sure to check out the responses by Joell Ortiz and B.o.B.
Atlanta's B.o.B released a response to Kendrick Lamar's verse on Big Sean's "Control" with a track titled "How 2 Rap". It is short and B.o.B wastes not time getting to the point. He's definitely a talented rapper and lets us know what he's about with this one. Kendrick Lamar is definitely expecting some responses and he is going to get plenty of competition in the weeks to come. Listen to "How 2 Rap" below and also check out Joell Ortiz's response as well. Who else would you like to hear respond? Share your thoughts in the comments underneath.