In the video above, DJ Vlad interviews ESPN analyst and former NFL star, Marcellus Wiley about the interview he conducted with Drake/Kenrick Lamar (He didn’t which rapper it was) that almost caused full fledged rap beef.
In the beginning of 2013, Kendrick Lamar dropped a controversal verse on Big Sean’s track “Control,” that shocked the rap world. Since that time there has been an underlying back and forth war of words between two of Hip-Hops brightest stars. In this verse, Kendrick Lamar name drops all the MC’s with whom he sees as his peers, but feels he is better than. ” I got love for you all, but I’m tryna murder you n**gas”, seems to be the line that rubbed Aubrey the wrong way.
In an article with Billboard Magazine, Drake had this to say about the K-Dot verse. “It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”
Shortly after this interview was published, Drakes’ 3rd album, ‘Nothing Was the Same,’ was released and it featured a song that seemed to respond to “Control.” On the first verse of ‘The Language’, Drake said ” F**k any n***a that’s talking that sh*t just to get a reaction, F**k going platinum, I look at my wrist and its already platinum.” Drake proceeded to say, “I am the one with the motor mouth, i am the one you should worry bout” and “N***a’s downplaying the money , cause’ that’s what you do when the money’s down.”
None of these lines are direct confirmed shots to the casual fan. But, to a keen listener you would understand that when Drake say’s “F**k going platinum” he is referring to Kendrick’s ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ album that had just been certified Platinum a month prior, an achievement that Mr. Lamar was being celebrated for. Kendrick quickly responded at an appearance on the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, in the Cypher with his TDE label mates ” And nothing been the same since they dropped control, and tucked the sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes.”
I know what you might be thinking, “that’s a reach” right? Well, as this aggressive Kendrick Lamar verse on the powerful Jay Rock track “Pay for It” shows, Kendrick saw it the same way. On the first bar of this track, Kendrick responds to Drake’s line about having a “Motor mouth” adding more fuel to this underlying subliminal beef.
“Dissecting your motor mouth til’ i break down the engine.”
As of late, there hasn’t been an diss lines that I’ve caught , but there have been a few eyebrow raising mentions. In this video clip below, Kendrick rides through Calabassas, California playing Drake’s hit songs “Controlla” and “Work,” but changing the lyrics to create a hilarious rendition.
The first single off DJ Khaled number 1 Album ‘Major Key’, “For Free,” includes a line where Drake references a Kendrick Lamar interlude of the same title. “Like your boy from Compton says, you know this d*** ain’t free.”
Who knows if this tit for tat will ever turn into a full out war of words. But the thought alone is intriguing. A battle of this magnitude, would garner tons of attention with two of hip hops brightest stars going head to head for the top spot. That competitive drive to be the best is what hip hop was based on and as the art form grows, should remain apart of the culture.