In a recent episode of The Facto Show, Troy Ave revealed an intriguing detail about Jay-Z’s reaction to Kendrick Lamar’s notorious verse on Big Sean’s 2013 track “Control.”
According to Troy Ave, Jay-Z hit the studio with producer Young Guru to record a response but opted not to release it.
Troy Ave shared this information while discussing Uncle Murda’s diss against him on “Rap Up 2023,” emphasizing that Jay-Z’s decision not to drop his response reflects a strategic move.
The Brooklyn rapper highlighted that Jay-Z, often referred to as Hov, didn’t feel compelled to release the recorded comeback, illustrating the power and mystique associated with the hip-hop icon.
During Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control,” he famously declared himself the “King of New York,” sparking intense reactions and responses from various artists. In Troy Ave’s case, he previously addressed Kendrick’s verse in the 2013 posse cut “New York City,” where he referred to Lamar as a “weirdo rapper.” Troy Ave’s two bars garnered attention, with even Snoop Dogg reposting his response.
Troy Ave noted the uniqueness and impact of his own reply, claiming that it stood out among the various responses from other artists such as Fabolous and Joell Ortiz.
He pointed out that Kendrick Lamar continues to be asked about his thoughts on Troy Ave in interviews, showcasing the lasting impact of their exchange.