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Drake and Kendrick Lamar’s Recent Rap Conflict Explained

  • May 9, 2024
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In one of the biggest feuds in recent hip-hop history, Drake and Kendrick Lamar are feuding — so much so that police were called into their feud after a security guard was shot outside the mansion Tuesday from Drake to Toronto. But it was not always this way.

Over a decade ago, the duo collaborated on a few songs: Drake’s 2011 track “Buried Alive Interlude,” Lamar’s 2012 “Poetic Justice,” and A$’s “(Expletive) ‘Problemes.” AP Rocky the same year.

It didn’t last very long. In 2013, Pulitzer Prize winner Lamar was featured on Big Sean’s “Control,” in which he called out many contemporary rappers, including Drake, J. Cole, Meek Mill, Pusha T, A$AP Rocky, Big KRIT . , Wale, Pusha. T and even Big Sean among them.

“I got love for you all, but I’m trying to murder you,” he rapped. “I’m trying to make sure your main fans haven’t heard of you.”

Drake responded in a Billboard cover story, saying, “I know damn well Kendrick is not assassinating me at all, on any platform.” Shortly after, at the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Lamar took another jab at Drake.

Over the next few years, rappers dissed each other less frequently. Drake has had other issues with other artists, like Meek Mill in 2015, and most infamously Pusha T in 2018, where the latter rapper released “The Story of Adidon”, revealing that Drake is a father.

In October 2023, J. Cole may have accidentally reignited the beef on “First Person Shooter” with Drake. He rapped, “I love it when they fight over who’s the toughest MC/Is it K-Dot? Is it Aubrey? Or me?” referring to Lamar and Drake’s birth name, Aubrey Graham. “We’re the big three, like we started a championship / but right now I feel like Muhammad Ali.”

Which brings us to the present moment. Here’s a timeline of developments in recent weeks: It’s worth noting that feuds between rappers often include exaggerated truths and unsubstantiated rumors for dramatic effect, and police have not said the feud led to the Tuesday shooting.

March 22: Lamar criticizes Drake over Future and Metro Boomin’s “Like That”

“The big three,” Lamar raps, referencing J. Cole’s boast. “It’s just a big me.”

He references Drake’s 2023 album “For All the Dogs” and also compares himself to Prince and Drake to Michael Jackson: “Prince outlived Mike Jack.”

J. Cole soon released a response, “7 Minute Drill”, but quickly apologized for it on stage at his Dreamville festival in Raleigh, North Carolina.

April 13: Drake’s “Push Ups” Leaked

Drake’s response was leaked and was later created by DJ Akademiks. “You ain’t in the Big Three, SZA made you disappear, Travis made you disappear, Savage made you disappear,” he raps about Lamar.

This also assumed that Drake was targeting Future, Metro Boomin, Rick Ross and The Weeknd – Ross releasing a response track shortly after.

April 24: Drake responds with a second AI-assisted breakaway track, “Taylor Made Freestyle”

Drake’s second splinter track used artificial intelligence technology to include verses from Tupac and Snoop Dogg, two of Lamar’s influences. In his own verse, Drake accuses Lamar of delaying his response due to the impending release of Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department.” (Lamar collaborated with Swift on “Bad Blood.”)

Tupac’s estate threatened to sue Drake, so he removed the song from his social media.

Snoop Dogg responded to the news in a video on Instagram. “They did what? When? How? Are you sure?” he said. “I’m going back to bed. Good night.”

April 30: Lamar responds with a nearly six-and-a-half-minute track, “Euphoria”

This is where it gets more complicated. Lamar’s “Euphoria” has the effect of an opus, triggering a multitude of allegations against Drake. It comes after Drake’s skills as a rapper, his use of AI, his appearance, his racial identity and his parenting.

“I got a son to raise, but I see you don’t know nothing about it,” Lamar raps.

The title refers to the HBO series “Euphoria”, of which Drake is an executive producer.

Lamar teases that he will go “back to back” with his pieces.

May 3: Lamar releases a sequel, “6:16 in LA”

In Lamar’s next speech, titled After a Time and Place as Drake is wont to do, Lamar targets the company Drizzy keeps. “Did you ever think OVO worked for me? / Fake bully, I hate bullies,” he raps, referring to Drake’s label. “You must be a terrible person / Everyone on your team is whispering that you deserve it.”

According to Billboard, the song was produced by Sounwave and Jack Antonoff – the latter of whom is Swift’s longtime producer. It also samples Al Green’s “What a Wonderful Thing Love Is”, on which one of Drake’s close friends played guitar.

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Drake responds with a video clip and a nearly eight-minute response, in which he alleges abuse and infidelity in Lamar’s relationship with his fiancée.

May 4: Lamar responds with “Meet the Grahams”

Almost immediately afterward, Lamar released “Meet the Grahams,” which began with the rapper addressing Drake’s son: “I’m sorry that man is your father.” Lamar also addresses Drake’s parents and “a little girl,” alleging that Drake has a secret daughter.

He also calls Drake a “predator,” without elaborating.

May 4: Less than 24 hours later, Lamar releases “Not Like Us”

A few hours later, Lamar doubled down by releasing “Not Like Us,” produced by DJ Mustard.

“Say, Drake, I hear you like ’em young/You better never go to cell block number one,” Lamar raps.

May 5: Drake softens his blows on “The Heart Part 6”

Referencing Lamar’s “The Heart” series, Drake released “The Heart Part 6” in response. In the song, which covers Aretha Franklin’s “Prove It,” Drake disputes Lamar’s allegations, double-crosses him and says he doesn’t have a secret daughter.

He sounds particularly lethargic on the song – usually bowing with verses like: “You know, at least your fans get a few raps from you / I’m glad I could motivate you.”

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