Beef Kendrick Lamar Drake

Published on October 3rd, 2013 | by Tom Sharkey

Kendrick Lamar Takes Shots At Drake During BET Cypher

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There’s definitely some beef brewing between Kendrick Lamar and Drake, and now it has just been taken to the next level. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Kendrick Lamar shook up the entire rap game back in August when his verse on Big Sean’s song Control name-dropped several rappers that K.Dot planned to “murder.” There have been numerous responses to the verse since it came out, but the response that everybody was waiting to hear was from Drake, who is arguably Kendrick’s biggest competition in the new school (we see you J. Cole, we’ll just keep you in your own lane). Drizzy has recently been pretty vocal about the Control verse, and has for the most part dismissed it as a flash-in-the-pan, and not as big of a deal as everybody hyped it up to be. He also took some not-so-subliminal shots at Kendrick on his track The Language off his new album Nothing Was The Same:

“I don’t know why they been lyin, but your shit is not that inspiring”

It’s a very interesting beef to happen, if it ends up as something more serious. As I mentioned before, along with J. Cole, there’s no denying that Drake and Kendrick Lamar are the leaders of hip hop’s new school. Now Kendrick (who obviously isn’t afraid to take shots at his peers) is aiming back at Drizzy in his cypher for this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, which will air on Tuesday, October 15th. 

Kendrick Lamar Drake Beef

Those in attendance said that K.Dot’s cypher resembled a Control Part 2, and most people felt that the entire thing was taking aim at Drake. We now have a short clip of Kendrick’s BET cypher, and it’s pretty obvious who he’s talking about. Watch the snippet below:

I really wish I could hear the whole cypher, but I guess we’ll have to wait until October 15th. I’m really torn here, because Kendrick Lamar and Drake are easily two of my favorite rappers, and I like them both for different reasons. They’re in two separate lanes as far as I’m concerned, so it’s hard for me to take a side on this. With that said, I will say that as far as battle-rapping goes, I don’t think Drake really wants to mess with Kendrick, because K.Dot is an emcee through and through, and if he hasn’t proved yet how hard he can go, I’m sure he still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Yes, Drake is good at boasting and braggadocio and rapping about how he’s the best–but he’s never been one to name names, take direct aim, and go IN like Kendrick has done (and isn’t afraid to keep doing, apparently).

What do y’all think? Who’s got the upper hand in the Drake Kendrick Lamar beef? Leave a comment below! Shout to AllHipHop.

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