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snoop-dogg-Tom-TomWest Coast rap veteran Snoop Dogg has spoke on the lyrical controversy surrounding Kendrick Lamar claims of being the “King of New York” on Big Sean‘s new “Control” track.

According to, Snoop was asked for his take on people calling New York weak, Snoop said he has sided with recent comments made by Brooklyn rapper Maino about the Big Apple’s state of hip-hop.

I wouldn’t say New York is soft, I stand behind what Maino said. I was listening to him on the radio station, it was crazy to hear somebody from New York speak from the perspective that he spoke from and he’s a real n*gga, so, you can’t just not take his words into account. I was listening to him speak from his perspective and he basically hit it on the nail. There’s a lot of following going on with sound and influences but what people don’t understand is New York influenced everybody. When hip-hop was born and bred, it was born here and it spread across the whole globe and its influence was definitely going to take on new faces and new bodies and new sounds — but the thing is, it all originated here so there’s no such thing as a true original.” (This Is 50)

Snoop also warned hip-hop artists dissing Lamar about the possible repercussions of going after him.

There’s really no originator to what it is but people get so caught up with trying to make beef when [Kendrick’s] just making good music. He’s making a point by saying what he’s saying. He’s juggling both coasts, his music is being played over the New York radio stations, all over the West Coast radio stations, he’s selling tons of records, he’s selling out concerts, sh*t, that’s the king. When I was doing that, I proclaimed myself the king. Nobody had a problem with it. It’s just that he’s a nice guy so they have a problem with it. He doesn’t have a gangsta approach. Let me let y’all know, he’s got a hundred thousand motherf*cking gangstas with him, so y’all better watch what y’all say.

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