Kendrick Lamar owned the week with his verse on Big Sean's "Control (HOF)." The VERSE HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD had simple beginnings—a guest spot on a discarded album cut that made bold proclamations and named names, broadcast by Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex on a previously normal-seeming Monday night. Jay Electronica rhymed on the track, too. Nobody remembers that now.
It was unexpected, it was spectacular, it was a very savvy new-media play that demanded response from anyone who heard it. And that got a whole bunch of responses. Many from rappers we haven't heard from in years.
Coming on a week since, the dust seems far from settling, with new response records coming every day. Even while Earl Sweatshirt finally dropped Doris A$AP Ferg streamed Trap Lord a week early, and Lady Gaga released the first single from her forthcoming album ARTPOP.
All that and more in What The Hell Just Happened in Music This Week?