Kendrick Lamar: 50 Cent, Diddy & Lohan Respond
Rapper Kendrick Lamar has sparked responses from some of hip hop's biggest names - and Lindsay Lohan's father - after appearing to 'call out' a host of famous artists.
The 26-year-old's verse on fellow MC Big Sean's song 'Control (HOF)' prompted immediate uproar within the industry following its release this week.
After favourable mentions for Paul McCartney and Sean Connery, Lamar - also known as K Dot - appears to compare himself to some of the genre's most respected rappers.
"Who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga (Jay Z) and Nas, Eminem, Andre 3000?," he asks.
He goes on to list several of his other contemporaries, Jermaine Cole (J Cole), Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Tyler Mac Miller - and even the two he features alongside on the single, Big Sean and Jay Electronica.
Lamar, from Compton, Los Angeles, tells the group: "I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you... tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you."
He also makes an unflattering reference to troubled actor Lindsay Lohan, seemingly describing her as a "rich a** white girl looking for parties, playin with Barbies, wreck the Porsche before you give 'em the car key."
Lohan's father, Michael, told Radar Online: "Who cares? He's an idiot. (He's) senseless. What can you say to a moron?"
Despite not being name-dropped himself on the song, rapper 50 Cent responded by tweeting a doctored image featuring Lamar in a wild west-style stand-off with a number of the artists who are challenged in the track.
"This is HipHop lol kendricklamar said you n***** better head for the hills. LMAO," 50 Cent added.
Also apparently keen to play his part in the furore, producer P Diddy posted a picture of himself and Jay Z, with words that suggest the pair are laughing at Lamar's suggestion he is "King of New York".
"Kendrick got y'all n***** takin y'all time now! This is good ! What y'all gonna do now? Haaaaa lol lets go!," Diddy added.
Big Sean himself claimed not to resent being both challenged and upstaged on his own track, while echoing the views of many by insisting Lamar was merely following in the competitive traditions of hip hop.
He told Vibe urban music and entertainment magazine: "When I heard (Lamar's) verse I was like 'I'm not about to go back and change my verse'. That's cheating ...That ain't how G's move. I wanted to do that for the culture of hip hop as opposed to myself, trying to protect myself."
Wale told TMZ he was honoured to feature in Lamar's list, saying: "I'd've been offended if my name wasn't in that s***."
And Meek Mill, also name-checked by Lamar, told radio stations in his hometown of Philadelphia: "Kendrick Lamar, I don't think he was trying to insult any of us, you know. We all know each other personally.
"We gonna have fun with it; get money. Hip hop needed that."
Meanwhile, another of Lamar's targets, Pusha T, tweeted: "I hear u loud and clear my n***... @kendricklamar."
And one member of hip hop-royalty, Public Enemy's Chuck D, also seemed to approve of Lamar's methods, posting on his Twitter page: "...This kid smashes stages... Works the songs LIVE better than studio. Too many rappers now are afraid to take it to the stage w/against each other. .@kendricklamar."