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Royce Da 5’9 says he would’ve changed his verse on “Control” if he was in Big Sean’s shoes.
Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” where the West Coast emcee called out the names of many of his peers, is still making waves.
In a recent interview on Vlad TV, Royce Da 5’9 explained that if “Control” had been his song, he would’ve had to change some of his lyrics.
“I wouldn’t have been able to brush off the Kendrick thing,” said Royce. “He couldn’t have sent me that verse. That verse would not have come out until I felt…until I got my verse…because I would have known what that was gonna do. I would’ve heard the shock value like that. I definitely would’ve nursed my verse. And I probably would’ve had some lines in there directly responding to something Kendrick is saying.”
Royce continued, explaining that Kendrick’s verse meant different things to different people. “To me, it all depends on the individual, and how the individual takes it. Because what I’m finding with the Kendrick thing, it doesn’t really come down to what his intent behind the lines no more. Everybody responded based on how they felt, and how it affected them. Sean obviously didn’t feel like he was being dissed on the song. I didn’t look at it like he was comin’ at nobody; I looked at it like he was statin’ his claim, kinda drawing the line in the sand, letting everybody know where he stands with his ambition. I probably would’ve shared how I felt about it on my song, considering it’s my song. But Sean’s verse is good. Sean’s verse is crazy. It just got overshadowed with the message behind Kendrick’s verse. So with me, I probably would’ve changed a couple of lines just to kinda let people know how I felt about it, because I woulda knew that different people would’ve taken it different ways.”
Ultimately, Royce concluded that the responses to Kendrick have gotten out of hand. “It got blown out of proportion,” he said. “Even Kendrick could tell you that. A lot of people looked at it like he just came out firin’ and dissin’ people; I didn’t think he dissed nobody.”
Watch the interview below: