Wrote about Kendrick Lamar’s bars on Control yesterday and what I thought it meant for Kendrick and Hip Hop as well. Today in an interview with Vibe, Big Sean breaks down what went into the making of the most talked about track of 2013…and maybe in some time. He explains how the track was put together, why his verse was harder than KDot’s, how he got the inexplicably dormant Jay Electronica on the track, why he was excited for fans and also Hip Hop to drop Control before a sample was cleared and why it doesn’t appear on his upcoming project, Hall of Fame, among other things. Take a listen and please comment. Joell Ortiz is the first to respond publicly. His track is in the links as well.
NFLPA OKs HGH study protocol (FOX Sports).
From the fam Matt Whitener: A MLB culture shift is not just on the players (TSFJ).
Typhoon Utor shuts down Hong Kong (Independent.ie).
UPS plane crashes near Alabama airport (USA Today).
Indian submariners die after being trapped by explosion, fire (Euronews).
Jesse Jr. and Sandi Jackson both get prison terms. I interviewed Sandi in ’08 before the Democratic National Convention for TSF. (Chicago Tribune).
Deaths in Cairo as Egypt security forces clear pro-Mursi protest camps (Euronews).
AP: Booker, Lonegan win in N.J. Senate primary (Philly.com).
Three cans of soda per day can be lethal, study finds (Science Recorder).
10 Black celebs who successfully pass for White (Atlanta Black Star).
Joell Ortiz goes hard on a response to Kendrick (YouTube).
Was Big Sean correct or straight buggin’?