Better Late Than Never: Joey Bada$$ Responds to Kendrick Lamar With "Killuminati Pt. 2"

Joey invokes the names of New York City's rap legends in his new song.

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Joey Bada$$ has released "Killuminati Pt. 2," a track produced by Knxwledge that takes aim at Kendrick Lamar, responding to the Compton native's claim that he is the "King of New York" in his guest verse forBig Sean's "Control." The Pro Era head honcho takes a pretty direct jab at Kendrick, saying "It's nathan [nothing] all I gotta do is just spit a flame/No escaping/You in a swimming pool of champagne/You set yourself up for that one mane/The king of New York,' huh?/We ain't just gonna let that one hang." Joey meanwhile invokes the names of New York City's rap legends in the song's chorus, saying, "But fuck it I'm Biggie I'm [Big] L I'm [Big] Pun/I'm God's Son [Nas] I'm Pac, Guru all in one."

These are some pretty bold claims from Joey, who is unfazed by the scrutiny that he has received for his throwback sound. In his first verse, he says, "Fuck what the media write, bitch, this is a firebomb/Please don't leave your comment if you are not up to par/No names putting you in the verse is too far."

Joey has been venting a lot of late on social media, initially responding to "Control" on Twitter within minutes of its release and then later responding to Joe Budden namedropping him on his own "Control" response. Earlier today, Joey tweeted about his frustration for not being invited to the MTV Video Music Awards, which were held at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn. Now, it is time for Joey to channel this anger from his tweets into a record, and the anger is very evident by the gruffness in his voice.

The original "Killuminati" was also produced by Knxwledge and appeared on Joey's debut mixtape, 1999. The song had a guest appearance from Joey's close friend, the late Capital Steez. Listen to the track below.

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