Earlier this month, in the verse tweeted round the world, Kendrick Lamar took the Internet by storm on Big Sean’s unreleased track “Control” by declaring himself–an artist originally from Compton- The King of New York.
Lamar’s debut album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” draws heavily from his upbringing in Compton so much so that after it’s release Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke of it’s importance stating;
“Here is an album that people grappling with policy desperately need to hear. It does what art does best in that it bids the monotony of numbers to sing.”
His control verse, however, was grounded in the sort of rap battles that were reminiscent of the good old days and it was exciting. As Ice T tweeted;
“I love how ONE verse woke Hip Hop the F— up. It’s been a LONG time since people talked about ANYTHING someone said in their rhyme.”
The critically acclaimed rapper – nominated for 14 BET Hip-Hop awards – ignited a firestorm as rappers from East to West scrambled for a shot at Hip Hop’s Iron Throne. Among them is a verse brought to you by artist Jasiri X who took a decidedly different approach in his response.
Rather then boast about himself– Jasiri channeled New York City Mayor Bloomberg. The resulting verse tackles topics ranging from Occupy and Stop and Frisk to The Illuminant and Term Limits.
Arguably Jasiri’s verse is just as confrontational as Lamar’s– the difference is in who’s being targeted.
You can check out the lyrics below;
I’m a billionaire with a private army that leaves you really scaredOne father had heart attack when we aimed at his silly headI don’t think you understand he’s literally deadNow I’m hearing these dumb rappers say my city is there’s?Don’t make me call Commissioner KellyCause Black and Brown get stopped and frisked on a dailyHandcuffs on they wrists and 45ths to they scullysShot in the back like Kimani or in they own bathroom like RamarleyAnd I know Jay Z don’t like Harry BelafonteBut he like my little brother he looks at me very fondlyHe’ll never get in the club but we let him carry the laundrySo you ignorant Black folks think he’s IlluminatiRIP Ed Koch I’m more ruthless than GiulianiGetting rid of all the poor all they do is reduce the propertywhile I’m here all week with my boys on wall streetPenthouse all suites we don’t care where yall sleepAsk occupy get on my bad side them shot will flyRiot gear choppers high cockin when my coppers rideArmored tanks, tear gas, tasers, night sticksFlame throwers light shit mace in the face of white chicksBuild a statute of my likeness and put it in front of RikersFor the Black men I mass incarcerated and indictedThe schools I turned private the hoods we gentrifyingBye bye Bed Stuy Big up in heaven cryingI’ll though up some ice for the nicest MCBut you can tell Kendrick Lamar the King of New York is meBloomberg I got my own channel and news firmThey said I couldn’t run again so I bought me a new termYou’ll learn tell that judge and the federal governmentThat the constitution don’t apply to the 1%We still stop and frisking from dawn until the lights outIn fact I saw a black man lurking round the White House2016 that’s right Hillary I’ll show you what a Billie meansI can spend anythingNew york Yankees I’ll just buy the wining team Dr. Evil really schemes I just need a mini meThese rappers must be kidding me listen I got dronesThat will Christoper Dorner you burnt to a crisp in ya homeThey all under surveillance from no name to famousAsked the Hip-Hop police they said you all gave statements