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The Epic Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake Beef: Shaking Up the Rap Game

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The ongoing feud between rap superstars Kendrick Lamar and Drake has captivated the music industry, with the two titans trading barbs and diss tracks that have far-reaching implications.

The Origins of the Beef

The roots of this beef can be traced back to 2013, when Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control” track ignited tensions by name-dropping Drake and declaring his intent to “murder” his fellow rappers[1]. Drake responded that same year with a subtle jab on his track “The Language”[1]. Over the years, the two have continued to take subtle shots at each other in their music, but the conflict reached a boiling point recently.

The “We Don’t Trust You” Saga

The latest chapter began with Kendrick’s feature on Future and Metro Boomin’s album “We Don’t Trust You”, where he took direct aim at Drake and J. Cole, declaring “Motherfuck the ‘Big 3’, n****, it’s just big me”[1]. This prompted a response from Metro Boomin, who tweeted “Once you pick a side stay there….. #WEDONTTRUSTYOU”, hinting that the beef had expanded to involve the entire industry[1].

Drake’s Counterattack

In response, Drake reportedly released a diss track titled “Push Ups”, where he attacked Kendrick’s physical stature, business dealings, and collaborations with mainstream pop acts[2][5]. Drake also suggested that artists like 21 Savage, Travis Scott, and SZA hold more weight in the industry than Kendrick[2][5].

The Industry Weighs In

The beef has drawn reactions from various other rappers, with J. Cole initially releasing a response track “7 Minute Drill”, before ultimately pulling it from streaming services[2][3]. Other artists, such as OVO Chubbs and IDK, have also weighed in, taking sides and fueling the ongoing drama[1].

The Implications for the Rap Game

This feud has the potential to reshape the power dynamics in the rap industry, with Drake’s dominance being challenged by a united front led by Kendrick and his allies[2]. The outcome could determine the new “Big 3” in hip-hop, with lasting consequences for the genre’s landscape[3].

Tags: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, rap beef, music industry, Future, Metro Boomin, J. Cole, OVO Chubbs, IDK, Billboard, Variety, GQ, Culted

Citations:
[1] The full timeline of the Kendrick vs. Drake beef – Culted https://culted.com/kendrick-lamer-drake-beef-rap-music-metro-boomin-future-j-cole/
[2] Drake Versus Kendrick Lamar & The Industry: Why He’s Already Won https://www.billboard.com/music/rb-hip-hop/drake-kendrick-lamar-rick-ross-beef-essay-1235657223/
[3] Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar: Who Will Win the Ongoing Beef? – Billboard https://www.billboard.com/music/rb-hip-hop/drake-kendrick-lamar-like-that-beef-who-will-win-1235654107/
[4] The Kendrick Lamar/Drake beef, explained | British GQ https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/kendrick-lamar-drake-beef-explained
[5] Drake Responds to Kendrick Lamar’s Diss Track with New Song https://variety.com/2024/music/news/drake-new-song-kendrick-lamar-diss-1235970255/