After the final game of this year’s Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park Fabolous spoke with The Source concerning Allen Iversons’ retirement from the NBA, Allen’s recently release of Allen’s signature Reebok basketball shoe, his own upcoming project Loso’s Way 2, and the Kendrick Lamar Control Verse controversy.
When asked about the release of his upcoming Loso’s Way 2 Fabolous responded saying:
Yeah man, am tightening it up. I was almost at a final pivotal point of the project in trying to wrap it up, but I bumped into my guy Ryan Leslie, who wasn’t on the project yet, so now we getting in the studio and coming with some stuff. I think everybody knows the chemistry that we have, and the kind of music he makes with that organic New York feel to it, so I really wanted him to be a part of this project. Also Pharrell, he’s got a new hunger again for hip-hop, so he came to me and said ‘yo we gotta get in again,’ so am gonna go check him out as well, and lock it down, and get this project out to the fans.
Fabolous was then posed with this question:
“So I have to ask you, a lot of people are expecting you to respond to Kendrick’s controversial verse on ‘Control,’ will we hear something from you in regards to this matter?”
To which he responded:
“That’s a hot topic on the market, and when I first heard I was gong to address it on the surface of what it was, somebody from out of New York claiming they the “King of New York,” but I took my time and I spoke with some OG’s, I researched it a little bit and got some more history behind it. Also, how everybody jumped into it for an intention play would change the situation as well, so a lot of guys stepped in and said their peace, but you also saw a lot of guys who were mentioned on the song, or who you would expect to have responses to the song, really didn’t take that approach, but am gonna tell you one thing that an OG told me, he said “if you do respond, make it work for you, make it come on your time, and not just like you trying to feed the twitter fans with a freestyle.” So I got that in the back of mind, so you might hear something eventually…”
In the end, a lot of the rappers are waiting for an opportune time to respond to Kendrick’s remarks.