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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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Kendrick Lamar performing in Hollywood, California on July 11th, 2014.

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Coming off good kid, m.A.A.d city, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the decade, rapper Kendrick Lamar could have rested on his laurels. Instead he stole the spotlight on Big Sean's 2013 single "Control," going bonkers with wordplay for almost three minutes and calling out 11 emerging rappers by name. More than a dozen response songs turned up  and Billboard reported that Lamar gained more than 200,000 Twitter followers in the track's wake. Here's nine ways that this verse changed the game.

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