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“Not As Impressive”

A very different opinion comes into play with this article, it serve to talk ill of the verse claiming it “not as impressive as it seems”. The author a Brandon Soderburg, a regular blogger, claims that the song is about a chant from Kendrick Lamar about how great he is, although I do not agree with this it was good to get a differing opinion on the verse. This post released 2 days after the song dropped offers a hasty analysis on Kendrick’s purpose with the song. The purpose of this piece was to show another view on the verse and kind of bring down the hype regarding it, believing it unworthy.

Soderburg, Brandon. “Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ Verse: Not as Impressive as It Seems.”SPIN. Spin, Aug.-Sept. 2013. Web. 20 Feb. 2014.



Twitter Reaction

This post highlights the reaction of many celebrities and other rap artists twitter reaction to the verse directly after it came out. The article by the user Dharmic X has snapshots of the twitter posts, with comments from the user underneath. I really like this article because it highlights some of the more controversial reactions from many of the game’s best rappers. The majority of the tweets are from the same day or the day after the album was dropped showing the very immediate second hand reactions to the verse. This article serves to show how far and how much influence the verse sent through the nation.

X, Dharmic. “Twitter Reacts to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ Verse.” The Boombox. The BoomBox, 14 Aug. 2013. Web. 20 Feb. 2014.

J Cole Discusses

This post includes only a very short bit on Kendrick Lamar’s control verse yet describes a great perspective on it. The author Andy B., an interviewer for the website, discusses an interview with J Cole, the piece focuses on differing aspects of J Cole’s life and rap career. When questioned what he thought of the Control call out he answered; “That’s rap, man. That’s rap music. That’s a part of the game. It’s natural. It’s fine”. This speaks to a great point on the affects of differing rappers in the game. This article was released roughly a month after the album was released, showing the immediate affects of the verse.

B., Andy. “ » J. Cole Discusses Out-Selling Kanye West, “Boring” Criticism & Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse.” » J. Cole Discusses Out-Selling Kanye West, “Boring” Criticism & Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse. Missinfo Forum, Sept. 2013. Web. 20 Feb. 2014.


In this post Bridgett M. Davis, a professor of journalism and creative writing, expresses her oppinion on Kendrick Lamar’s literary footprint and focuses on his background on “Black Literary Tradition”. In her piece she references Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and her piece on Kendrick’s involvement in the decline of the Black Blues narrative. She argues that Kendrick tells a story of the community he lives and grew up in. They connect with black youth and today’s youth in a very astute way, stories that tell of a way of life similar  to their own.

Davis, Bridgett M. “GOOD READ: Rapper Kendrick Lamar & the Black Literary Tradition.” N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2014.

Kendrick Lamar Control

Here are some of my favorite sources so far:

These are just some of the very many great sources I have found. The first couple of links were found off of a very common Google search, To find a good majority of my links I simply searched into Google: Kendrick Lamar or Kendrick Lamar Control, or even just Control verse. I gathered a good number of sources off of these simple searches and proceeded to move onto more elusive articles. I refined my searches adding incredibly specific language such as: Kendrick Lamar Control Verse Ft Big Sean Literary impact or Kendrick Lamar Control Verse implications on Drake/Jay electron/ Mac Miller/ etc. As I moved onto these more in-depth searches I began to find more and more interesting articles. These articles often offered links to other great articles regarding the impact the verse/Kendrick have had on the rap game.

Rhetorical Thinking

When thinking rhetorically it is important to hit on the main ideas of purpose, genre, context and the medium from which it is presented. You must consider all of said categories and expand on them. To think rhetorically you are not identifying a main idea or purpose in writing, but rather thinking about it from an array of distinct views. To do this will make it easier to identify what the writer is truly saying and the means from which he is saying it. To rhetorically analyze a piece you must break it down into its smaller components and use what you learn from the piece to identify the purpose of the piece. You must yearn away from agreeing or disagreeing with an argument and instead focus on HOW the author makes their claim. What tools do they use to make their claim? (quotes, opinion, etc.) How effective are these tools at persuading, entertaining, or informing the reader of the current situation? You must look beyond what the piece is actually saying and alternately look at just how it is saying it.