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Drake Versus Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky… The Story Behind The Clash Of The Global Rap Stars

The global rap industry is sizzling with high-stakes rivalry and biting comebacks. On one side is Canadian rapper Drake, and on the other are several American heavyweights, including Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and A$AP Rocky. This open conflict features ego battles, old feuds, and even past romances. Let’s unravel the fascinating story behind the high-profile clash that’s gripped the rap world.

Kendrick Lamar Sparks the Feud

The spark that lit the flame came on March 22, when producer Metro Boomin and rapper Future dropped their joint album We Don’t Trust You. Kendrick Lamar’s verse on the track Like That is where he boldly claims, “Motherf*** the Big Three, N****, It’s Just Big Me,” challenging the unofficial rap hierarchy established by Drake and J. Cole. His jab references a previous collaboration between Drake and J. Cole, First Person Shooter, which emphasized the “Big Three” consisting of themselves and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s verse seemed to attack the top three concept directly.

J. Cole’s Unexpected Response and Apology

J. Cole quickly followed up with his surprise album Might Delete Later on April 5, responding with a veiled critique in the track 7 Minute Drill. He criticized Lamar’s latest projects, claiming, “Your second project put everyone to sleep, we overrated it.”

However, two days later, Cole did an about-face, apologizing at his Dreamville Fest performance. He praised Lamar as one of the greatest rappers of all time and admitted that his diss track made Might Delete Later “the worst project [he’s] ever made.” He promptly removed the track from streaming platforms and even appeared on Future and Metro Boomin’s follow-up album We Still Don’t Trust You.

Kanye West, The Weeknd, and A$AP Rocky Join the Fray

In the follow-up album We Still Don’t Trust You, other notable figures took direct aim at Drake. A$AP Rocky, who shares a romantic history with Rihanna, who also dated Drake, taunted his emotional attachment to past relationships. Meanwhile, The Weeknd took a shot at Drake’s social media presence in All To Myself, and Kanye West appeared on a remix of Like That, mocking Drake’s perceived inability to create memorable lyrics.

Drake’s Counter-Attack

Drake, never one to back down from a challenge, bided his time before unleashing his response. On April 13, he released Push Ups, calling out Future and Metro Boomin while boasting about helping Future achieve his first Billboard #1. He targeted J. Cole for “boring everyone to death,” and mocked Kendrick Lamar’s musical evolution.

Lamar wasn’t spared from Drake’s ridicule, as he criticized Lamar’s small shoe size and slammed his collaboration choices. He also cheekily alleged that Kendrick was overshadowed by other rappers like SZA and Travis Scott.

Kendrick Lamar’s Comeback

On April 30, Kendrick Lamar responded with Euphoria, a track inspired by the TV show produced by Drake. He depicted Drake as a “famous actor” referencing his role on Degrassi, while making it clear that he was the “Biggest Hater” of the Canadian rapper. The battle grew uglier when Kendrick Lamar suggested Drake never embraced his son, Adonis.

This was only the beginning. Lamar followed up with Not Like Us and Meet the Grahams, in which he went after Drake’s family, questioning his parenting skills and calling out his mother, Sandra, and father, Dennis.

Drake’s Final Shot

Drake wasn’t finished either. On May 6, he unleashed The Heart Part 6, a direct response denying the accusations leveled against him. He boasted about feeding misinformation into Kendrick’s circle to bait Lamar into making false claims. With a taunting grin, Drake declared that the clash was simply “a good exercise.”

The feud isn’t entirely settled. Metro Boomin has stirred the pot further, inviting rappers to create their best Drake diss track in exchange for a high-end production collaboration. It’s clear that this saga, driven by ego, legacy, and personal ambition, will continue to evolve. But for now, the lines have been drawn, and the rap world watches with bated breath.

Alan, editor-in-chief, born in 1964 in a picturesque small town in the south, has always been fascinated by the roar of engines and the shine of car bodies. From a young age, he spent hours flipping through his father's car magazines, dreaming of the cars he would one day drive. After obtaining his high school diploma, Alan decided to pursue his passion for automobiles by studying journalism, with the hope of combining his two loves: writing and cars.


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