Kendrick Lamar Talks Miley Cyrus and His 'Control' Verse

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar explained in a new interview that his verse on Big Sean's "Control" was not a diss to other rapper's in the game, it's just about friendly competition.

On Chelsea Lately last week (August 29), the rapper once again discussed the controversial verse, saying a lot of the young rappers he name-checks, including Drake, are friends of his. "I basically wanted to show that I'm competitive," Lamar said. "It's sport, you get out on the court and you're playing…"

Before he got a chance to go into more detail, host Chelsea Handler abruptly asked the 5′ 6″ rapper, "What the f*** do you know about basketball?" Well, Lamar explained, before music he wanted to be Michael Jordan, but being a small guy it deferred his dreams to actually writing rhymes. "I have a lot of insight on hooping, whether you know it or not," he said. "I know looks may be deceiving."

He went on to say that the rap game isn't that different from basketball. "You know Kobe [Bryant] versus LeBron [James], I'm sure they're good friends off the court, but when you in that booth, you have to be able to annihilate whoever out there," he said. "And that keeps the level of hip-hop alive as far as the culture."

In the interview, Lamar also talks about Miley Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards performance, which he was a part of, showing up after all the twerking to do his verse on Robin Thicke's latest single, "Give It 2 U." He told Handler that he didn't go near Miley and her foam finger. "I wouldn't have known how to react," he said. He called her performance "shocking" and said he was "definitely interested" in what she was doing. more on this story

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