Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  63 responses

Phil Jackson and Iman Shumpert Fire Back at Rapper Kendrick Lamar

Rap star Kendrick Lamar set the Internet ablaze this week with a verse that called out a bunch of famous folks. Phil Jackson, one of the targets of Lamar’s verbal jabs, hilariously tweeted at the rapper. New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert recorded a verse in response. Here’s the Zen Master’s salvo: “it’s okay to be cocky and sure, but we all need somebody to lean on. Let’s just call it mentoring.”

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  • Feez_22

    Phil is pretty cool.

    Iman needs to stop it.

  • shockexchange

    You get an NBA contract and all of a sudden you’re the knower of all knowledge – a male model, rapper, stylist, interior designer, etc. Would someone please get Shumpert’s thoughts on global warming?

  • Max

    Sounds like Iman just hit puberty lol.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    I know slam is all about basketball, but that Kendrick Verse is amazing. I’m glad he called out everyone he did because its competition.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Pretty funny seeing Phil respond but Shumpert? He definitely used Kendrick’s verse as a spring board for his own sorry a$$ rhymes.

  • Ismael

    Yo Iman. Gotta be honest. That was pretty bad. Couldn’t even finish the whole thing.

  • ChosenOne

    Why is he doing this? Kendrick never went at him at all…

  • spit hot fiyah

    who else was expecting Phil to spit some heat on the track with shump?

  • shockexchange

    You call yourself “spit hot fiyah” so where’s your response to Kendrick? Are you gonna spit fiyah or be content to let Joell Ortiz hold down the culture by himself?

  • pposse

    he was offended he didn’t call his name and kendrick Lamar just called himself the King of NY. Wait till Fabolous and Jadakiss come out with their response.

  • Slick Ric

    Didn’t he say dont get involved Iman. SMH

  • theDankerNuggets

    this is like the equivalent of someone like Chris Brown challenging Kyrie Irving to one on one because Kyrie said he was the best in the L; you’re in over your head Iman

  • O

    Like I told my homies on the block, Kendrick is comfortable saying that cause ain’t no one rapping NYC hard body. Sure you got Jay, Nas, Kiss, Fab, and 50 Cent to some extent, but KL taking a jab at the new breed of MC’s that arent mastering any ceremonies as of late. NY rappers be trying to sound like they from the south or Midwest. Kendrick sound more like a NY rapper than 90% of today’s NY rappers. Couple that with the fact that when he does shows out here the hip-hoppers who show up be wearing V-neck shirts down to their belly buttons, leotard tight pants and salt-n-pepper dyed hair – KL ain’t scuurred to say some wild ish like he did. I like it though, it put NYC on notice to step their hip-hop game up BIG time. Props and daps to KL.


    I’ve heard worse from NBA players that wanted to be rappers. He’s not super terrible

  • Saleem Rainman

    Joell is the man.

  • shockexchange

    Joell impressed SE, and that’s hard to do.

  • lola

    Okaaay so I guess Iman next career is being a rapper….come on now Iman

  • Ugh

    It amazes me what passes for ‘good’ these days.

  • snasty10

    Oritz came back with some heat though

  • Yknot

    Name the 5 hottest rappers ever? Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan! I spit hot fiyah mon…..

  • snasty10

    His verse was good, but I don’t see what the big deal is. The dudes he called out are weak for the most part, minus KRIT. He was smart not to mention Freddie Gibbs or Danny Brown.

  • D

    Why does anyone care what a radio rapper thinks anyway , Kendrick Lamar is a joke , it’s just publicity

  • JibbsIsBallin

    I think everyone is making a big deal of it because he actually mentioned names. J Cole is legitimately one of the best out right now and if he keeps it up, he will be one of the greatest. KRIT is excellent also.

  • O

    Yeah he did, but unless you a REAL New Yorker or true to life hip-hop junkie, fools aren’t taking him seriously on that level. Cassidy went in on KL too, but same story with him.

  • snasty10

    Only new comers from NY I see competing are Joey Badass and Meechy Darko from the Flatbush Zombies. Seriously went happen to the NY rap scene?

  • snasty10

    Cole has some skills, but his albums are kind of boring.

  • Max

    Aren’t Kendrick and Danny Brown really close?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Gangsta Gibbs is too real with it and he will actually take it beyond the microphone so yea good thing he didn’t.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    KRIT is sick with it.

  • snasty10

    YOu know your shi* T-Ray

  • Linkdeville

    Classic! I forgot about Dylan! LMFAO! I wonder what’s up with him these days?

  • Linkdeville

    Y’all can’t be serious? Ortiz is no where near on the playing field with K-Dot. When Dot responds…somebody carry the chalk. Reason: Ortiz probably has nothing left in the tank. If he was that potent, why is his career still in park? Ain’t nobody checkin fo him son! Game over!

  • O

    Joey Badass is nice, but dudes dismiss him based off his name alone. They think he’s in f*cking junior high school or something. What happened to the NY rap scene was money. Rappers started following the formula that got you on the airwaves and put money in your pocket instead of carving out their own niche and separating themselves from the rest. Remember when you cut on the radio and everyone sounded different but was still killing it? Big, Nas, Pac, Wu, Dre, Snoop, Scarface, Bone Thugs, etc? Even later on when it was Jigga, 50 Cent, Game, T.I., Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Jeezy and Kanye dominating the airwaves, the sounds were different and still banging. NY rappers were still rapping. But then everyone wanted to make that Soulja Boy money. Before you knew it, MIMS sounded like he was from Atlanta and sh*t. That’s when everything spiraled outta control. Nowadays I don’t even know who’s from NY unless they say it a few times on the same record.

  • Linkdeville

    CASSIDY???? LMFAO!! He was never a titan in the game! Meek left him on life support. Now K-Dot is gonna finish him! Neithe one of those cats are relevant. The only person heads wanna see go in is “The Panda”…AKA Drizzy Drake. That’s when it’s gonna get real!

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  • Matisse

    I wish Dave Chappelle heart was still in comedy.

  • Chukaz

    Do you where Cassidy’s at? I’ve been looking for him. I bought C.A.S.H. a couple years ago. That dude owes me 20 bucks. I might as well have set that money on fire.

  • BE.water

    Your statement is retarded. Ortiz has bars, but no label backing pushing him as tough as kendrick gets pushed. The talent is easily equal to Kendrick’s, WITH a better flow. Just because you everyday regular negroids don’t listen to the man doesn’t mean that his career is ghost.


  • Ishmael Jenkins

    I rip and I rhyme/I rhyme and I rip/this is the way that Dylan spits.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    50 hasn’t made a great record since 2003. Fell all the way off. Respect his hustle and what he’s done business-wise. But musically, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and the G-Unit album was it.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Whoa…J.Cole is weak?

  • That Dude

    Some beef is big and some beef is small but what y’all call beef is not beef at all/beef is real life life happening everyday

  • melvo

    Everyone really needs to calm the f**k down. This is definitely one of the reasons I’ve lost interest in rap over the last couple years. Everyone’s overreacting to a whole lot of nothing. All these other rappers get offended so easily. Kendrick Lamar is one of the handful of rappers I actually still listen to and respect, but he’s just saying what he wants. He’s just talking about how other rappers are throwing money around like it’s nothing.

    And who is Iman Shumpert to respond? He’s not even close to being considered a credible rapper. If he does have songs out, I’m sure they’re all about how he spends his money or some bull like that. Phil Jackson on the other hand sounded like he was joking.

  • danpowers

    sounds a little bit like dizzee rascal

  • snasty10

    not weak just boring

  • Section80

    Your statement it retarded BE.water. If a label can’t sell him there must be a reason. And why does he need a label to push him? Push yaself. Fact is I know of him because K.Dot just made him more relevant than he’s been able to make himself! I heard his response and there wasn’t equal talent displayed ya bish. He sound like every NY rapper which is probably why he cant get pushed.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    What’s entertaining to you?

  • PlanetAsia14

    Kendrick’s a true NY rapper? Ironic since he raps a bit about Compton..

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    he was offended he didn’t call
    his name and kendrick Lamar just called himself the King of NY. Wait
    till Fabolous and Jadakiss come out with their response.

  • King David

    cuz he aint sucking no d***

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  • ubestnotmiss

    yall better check out Kendrick’s Monster freestyle where he claimed:
    “Im the best rapper alive
    Tell Wayne to swallow his pride
    x x x

    Im the best rapper alive
    Jigga man should’ve retired”

    he also called out the ff:
    Kanye, Lupe, Nas, Snoop, Dr. Dre, and Busta Rhymes

  • ATL dynamite

    Pac had his base in Cali but still was deeply involved in both New York and Cali. K dot is a bit like Pac in this regard.
    From what I heard K dot was on the fence of putting the king of New York line on at first. I guess he spits that out just to tell New York rappers to step their game up. Kudos to him.

  • Tony Taylor

    Pac was from B-More though

  • snasty10

    Out of the new guys? Gibbs, Danny brown, schoolboy, Bronson, gambino, chance the rapper, ab-soul, king l, that run the jewels album, and Flatbush zombies. And it’s not like cole is weak he can rap his ass off, but he just plays it safe making radio friendly hits. He apologizes for his lyrics (btw when did rappers start doing that?) raps about relationships and trust issues, his whole album is like Dr. Phil episode. Cole is the type of dude who drives a Porsche but will never go over the speed limit because he doesn’t want to break the law.

  • snasty10

    I know schoolboy and brown have a few joints together but I don’t know about Kendrick an brown

  • Linkdeville

    No doubt Kid…
    Chappelle and his team were bringing smoke to the comedy game.

  • Linkdeville

    Well played Sec…well played.

  • Linkdeville

    Seriously KD? Dot rose from a struggling coast and ink’d a partial deal with arguably the greatest and most prolific producer in hip hop history, but you call that “bobbin?” Do you understand how many aspiring spitters have literally offered to do that with no success at all? I mean…like Ortiz, Dot does not have a marketable look or anything other than the way he spits, yet Dot is putting the game on tilt. The numbers don’t lie son!

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I try to venture outside of the mainstream hip hop realm haha

  • Saleem Rainman