9 Ways Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse Changed the World

How the rapper made Big Sean's 2013 single one of the most important hip-hop songs of the last decade

9. It's One of the Most Important Rap Moments of the Decade — and You Can't Buy It

While "Control" was serviced to radio stations, it didn't appear on Big Sean's Hall of Fame album, nor was it sold on iTunes or Amazon as a standalone track, nor was it given away as a free download. The official explanation is that No I.D.'s unauthorized sample usage precluded its sale, including Jay Z's "Where I'm From" (which seems implausible since UMG owns the rights to Jay's Def Jam catalog), Terrace Martin's "Get Bizy" and Seventies Chilean folk band Quilapayún's "El Pueblo Unido Jamas San Vencido."  

It's surprising that the biggest music conglomerate in the world didn't clear those samples for the most-talked about rap song of 2013. But perhaps that was the problem: "Control" arguably overshadowed Big Sean's Hall of Fame, a critical and commercial disappointment that only yielded a modest Top 40 hit in "Beware."