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Unraveling the Shocking Truth Behind Drake and Kendrick Lamar's Alleged Beef

Drake and Kendrick Lamar have been feuding since 2013. From diss tracks to subliminal messages, here is an explanation of the beef between the rappers.


Mar. 27 2024, Published 8:34 p.m. ET

The hip-hop community was buzzing after the release of Future and Metro Boomin’s WE DON’T TRUST YOU, which featured a Kendrick Lamar bar aimed at Drake and J. Cole. On “Like That,” Kendrick takes a shot at the rappers, who first dissed him on “First Person Shooter.”

For those who have not been following along, the jab may seem unwarranted. But the beef between Kendrick and Drake started long before “Like That.” Here is a breakdown of the feud between the two rappers.

“Get up with me, f**k sneak dissing / 'First Person Shooter,' I hope they came with three switches,” Kendrick raps. He continues, “I still got PTSD / Motherf**k the big three, n***a, it's just big me / Prince outlived Mike Jack / N***a bum, 'fore all your dogs gettin' buried.”

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Drake attends The Future: A Gentlemans Club.

Why are Kendrick Lamar and Drake beefing? Here's a breakdown.

Drake and Kendrick's beef began like all rap rivalries. However, what started as an exchange of lyrics has evolved into a back-and-forth of diss tracks. The feud between the pair began in 2013 when Kendrick dropped his verse on Big Sean's "Control". In the verse, Kendrick called out several of his peers, including Drake.

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“I got love for you all, but I'm tryna murder you / Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you / They don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you,” Kendrick rapped.

Kendrick Lamar accepts the Best Rap Album award for “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers”
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Drake responded to Kendrick in an interview with Billboard, suggesting that there was no way Kendrick could murder him on "any platform.” The Canadian rapper took things a step further by slamming Kendrick on his 2013 track, “The Language.”

“I don’t know why they been lyin' / But your s--t is not that inspirin',” Drake raps.

But Kendrick did not lie down quietly. Months later, during the BET Cypher, the “Humble” MC fired back at Drake – taking a direct shot at the Degrassi star.

Kendrick rapped: “And nothing’s been the same since they dropped ‘Control’ and tucked the sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes.”

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So, what does J. Cole have to do with Kendrick Lamar and Drake's feud?

Prior to the release of “First Person Shooter,” Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole appeared to have a solid relationship. Cole even revealed that the two previously planned to release a joint album, but timing got in the way.

“At one point, it was a real thing,” Cole said during an appearance on Lil Yachty’s A Safe Place podcast. “But bro, time and life, we ain’t ever got the chance to go in and do it correctly, because that would take time.”

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rappers j cole and kendrick lamar perform at madison square garden
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Rappers J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar perform at Madison Square Garden

Things went left after Drake and J. Cole dropped “First Person Shooter.” On the track, Cole names rap music’s “Big 3” and includes himself, Drake, and Kendrick on the list. “Love when they argue the hardest MC/Is it K Dot? Is it Aubrey? Or me? / We the Big 3 like we started a league,” Cole raps.

And while the bar seems like a nod to Kendrick’s abilities, some took another lyric from the song as a direct shot at the California native. Cole raps, “Everybody steppers, well, f--k it, then everybody breakfast / And I’m bout to clear up my plate.”

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