Right now Hip-hop is “buzzin’.” Everybody and their mama are talking about Kendrick Lamar claiming the title “King of New York,” verse he dropped on Big Sean’s “Control” track. What’s funny is everybody who thinks they can rap are trying to diss dude in the worse way. There are a couple tight responses bouncing around the internet and in some Hip-hop circles, but most are just irrelevant cats hopping into the mix trying to carve out a name for themselves with “wacked” verses. No matter how tight or sloppy the verses are, one thing for sure is this is Hip-hop. In the immortalized words of the late great Heavy D, “it started with a pow and it ended with a bang…We got our own thang[sic]” Hip-hop is yours and it must be treated as such.
So long as the feudalistic, “tit for tat” stays on the tracks, it can be great for Hip-hop. What is not needed is frivolous activity from people bent on being destructive in the name of Hip-hop. People living the Hip-hop lifestyle may have to be cautious and watch the next man for spontaneous ignorance that may arise. When people get ill they may need to be reeled in and shown some homey love with a timeout for some reprogramming to prevent the idiotic, senseless violence from rearing its ugly head. For those susceptible to falling into momentary lapses of judgment, do your due diligence and show some control.
So where this recent claim of “king of New York” goes from here is dependent upon all those that choose to live within the Hip-hop code. That means every Hip-hop head from coast to coast, city to city and perhaps even worldwide. There is a need to keep Hip-hop safe, secure and free from scrutiny and negative publicity that can only taint the lifestyle. In closing, there is not a doggone thing wrong with diss tracks, rivalries and feudalism in Hip-hop so long as it is kept in perspective.