33. Big Sean f/ Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica “Control” (2013)
Okay, okay. This song isn’t really remembered for the beat. It’s also not really remembered for being a Big Sean song, either. “Control” will, however, be remembered as the track that shook up the game and awoke many a sleeping rappers in 2013. It’s not a Kendrick Lamar song, but this was the verse heard round the world.
But while the beat wasn’t gushed over and discussed ad nauseum, it did play a critical role in the songs success. Seriously. In order for this track to have worked, it needed a dope yet understated instrumental — one for each of the superb lyricists to wax poetic over. Kendrick might’ve taken control of “Control,” but it was No ID who was working the control panel.
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