Enter the age of Kendrick Lamar in white tees and Nike Cortez sneakers.
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Last night and all day today, Kendrick Lamar has been at the forefront of every hip-hop conversation thanks to an inspired (as if any one adjective could do it justice) verse on a track called "Control" which was originally meant for Big Sean's forthcoming Hall Of Fame album but won't appear reportedly due to sample-clearance issues. The centerpiece of discussion is Kendrick's heated by-name call-out of a laundry list of MCs: J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller and even Sean and Jay Electronica who flank K-Dot on the track. More than a jarringly high profile call-to-action name drop, though, Lamar's verse is an iron-fisted mandate, an ultimatum that the entire rap game step up lyrically else he's pilfering all his friends' fans. What does this have to do with style? Amidst Kendrick's tough love edict to elevate the genre, he also rejects high fashion, ushering in a new era for his personal style.