"Hip-Hop" vs. "Rap" © KRS One [A Take On Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse]
We “Hip-Hop” cats are annoyed at the “Rap” folks that claim that Kendrick's “Control” bars woke up Hip-Hop. What they did do was incite a huge reaction within the mainstream Rap world, meanwhile the global culture of Hip-Hop which contains the disciplines of DJ'ing, Graf writing, B-Boying AND Emceeing was largely unchanged or unaffected since Hip-Hop is about more than Rap. In this era, folks tend to jump to conclusions and make ridiculous declarations they won't stand behind next week.
In conclusion, Kendrick's verse was a great event for “Rap” since it was a rare glimpse into the past that reminded some of us when Rap was actually still influenced by “Hip-Hop” culture. It simultaneously gave others an idea of what we experienced regularly at one point in time beginning back when most current Rap bloggers were still in diapers. We “Hip-Hop” followers and reporters also wish that many of the indie/underground MCs that we listen to regularly were able to compete with Kendrick on the major label stage so there could be real change as opposed to more empty praise and posts of “Control” versions and supporting struggle rappers like 2 Chainz or French Montana strictly because they're hot, topical and ensure unique page views and drives up site traffic which in turn results in more ad revenue.
Call me when some real change finally takes place in the mainstream Rap because “Rap” is something you DO. "Hip-Hop” is something you LIVE © KRS One