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

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1. The Best Rappers Defend Their Crowns Now

"Control" inspired responses from B.o.B ("How 2 Rap"), Joell Ortiz ("Outta Control"), Lupe Fiasco ("SLR 2"), Joey Bada$$ ("Killuminati Pt. II"), Meek Mill ("Ooh Kill 'Em") and many, many others. More than being the "Roxanne, Roxanne" of the new millennium, the subtext is that rappers responded to Lamar with actual songs and freestyles. Twitter rants, YouTube threats and random keyboard dissing no longer sufficed.    

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