Kendrick Lamar spoke for the first time about his controversial verse on Big Sean's "Control" this week, and he says it's all about leaving a mark on the genre.
Lamar told Los Angeles radio station Power 106, saying he just wanted to rap and that the purpose of the verse wasn't merely to put people on notice.
"I think it's a case of maybe I should dumb down my lyrics just a little bit," Lamar laughed as he addressed the particularly inflammatory "king of New York" claim.
"The irony of that line is that the people who actually understood it and got it were the actual kings of New York, you know, me sitting down with them this past week."
Lamar, who met with Jay-Z and Diddy, says they know it's "not about being the king of whatever coast, it's about leaving a mark as great as Biggie, as great as [2Pac]."
He said the conversations he has had with Jay-Z and Diddy, who called out Lamar after the song leaked, about the track have been "all love, all respect."
"I think the ones that really took it out of context was the people that want to grab a story, an opportunity off the hype of the record," the rapper added.
"Rather than actually tuning in and listening and knowing how hungry I am. A lot of people think it's all about talent, that's where they get it wrong."
"I'm saying I'm the most hungry. I respect the legends in the game, I respect the people that done it before me, the people that lost their lives over this."
"Because of what they laid down for us," Kendrick concluded. "I'm gonna try to go harder, breathe it and live it - that's the point of the whole verse."
That and to call out Lindsay Lohan, Drake, J. Cole, A$AP Rocky ... you name it. Seriously, you gotta hear it if you haven't starting around the 3:30 mark: