A Timeline of Kendrick Lamar and Drake’s Complicated Relationship

Look, fam, we listened you. Just given we’ve created about how Big Sean could/would/should applause behind during Kendrick Lamar doesn’t meant we’re preoccupied to what competence be brewing between Drake and Kendrick Lamar. It would make sense, and if we indeed demeanour behind during how Drake and Kendrick have interacted (or, rather, haven’t interact) over a final few years, signs indicate to…something.


These dual haven’t worked together on anything low-pitched given 2012. There were rumblings that they might have related adult a small while back, and it’d be bone-head if they did (remember “Poetic Justice?”), generally when so many of a artists that K-Dot called out in 2013 on “Control” have worked with Kendrick in some fashion.

Let’s revisit a ways in that Drake and Kendrick’s lives have intersected, to see if we can figure out where they mount now.

Nov. 15, 2011 – Kendrick gets an pause from Drake

After “Marvin’s Room” left we low in a feels, Kendrick hijacked Take Care with “Buried Alive,” a pause that found K-Dot “feeling like a suicidal terrorist” who wanted we to “blame it on Mr. OVOXO.” No shots here; it’s usually an easier, easier time when Drake was on his second manuscript and Kendrick hadn’t even done his vital tag debut.

Feb. 14, 2012 – The Club Paradise Tour

In a pierce highlighting that rappers mattered to a Boy during time, Drake strike a highway on his Club Paradise Tour to support Take Care, and brought Kendrick Lamar and ASAP Rocky along for a ride. According to Pollstar, it finished adult being a highest-grossing hip-hop debate of 2012, raking in $42 million during a five-month duration.

Oct. 22, 2012 – Drake appears on Kendrick’s “Poetic Justice”

Less than a year after Take Care, Kendrick forsaken his major-label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. “Poetic Justice,” constructed by Scoop DeVille and Sounwave, felt tailor-made for a Drake verse. Again, no beef here. Everything was beautiful.

Jan. 15, 2013 – Both swat on ASAP Rocky’s “F*ckin’ Problems”

Not many to see here, aside from some of a many renouned rappers during a time going ham on a cold donkey beat. 

Aug. 13, 2013 – Kendrick fires shots during everybody on “Control”

Kendrick took some time out on Big Sean’s “Control” to let everybody know where he stood when it came to a best in a game.

I’m customarily homeboys with a same niggas I’m rhyming with
But this is hip-hop And them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, ASAP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got adore for we all, yet I’m tryna murder we niggas
Tryna make certain your core fans never listened of we niggas
They don’t wanna hear not one some-more noun or noun from we niggas

The universe not usually saw this as a hint that might have lighted Big Sean’s countless subliminals during Kendrick, yet also pissed off Drizzy.

Aug. 30, 2013 – Drake comments on “Control” verse

With everybody wanting to know how a rappers mentioned in Kendrick’s “Control” hymn felt about it, Drake spoke up—sorta. When Billboard asked about a verse, he “didn’t unequivocally have anything to contend about it.” Then he elaborated: “It usually sounded like an desirous suspicion to me. That’s all it was. we know good and good that Kendrick’s not murdering me, during all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, we theory we can revisit a topic.”

Smooth response, generally given he knew he had something for Kendrick entrance really soon.

Sept. 24, 2013 – Drake releases “The Language”

On Nothing Was a Same‘s “The Language,” Drake forsaken dual intriguing lines that seem to be directed during Kendrick.

I don’t know given they been lyin’
But your shit is not that inspirin’

Of course, Kendrick wasn’t named, yet Drake done certain that we knew he was “the one we should worry ’bout.”

Oct. 15, 2013 – Kendrick drops subliminals during BET Awards cypher

A few weeks later, Kendrick—who took home 5 BET Awards that night—let Drake have it during a now-infamous TDE cypher.

Yeah, and nothing’s been a same given they forsaken “Control”
And tucked a supportive rapper behind in his pajama clothes

Bruh. One thing’s for certain: a speed of information and record has done disses drop so quickly.

Dec. 19, 2013 – Drake comments: “I also stood my belligerent as we should”

During Vibe cover story interview, Drake was asked privately about either “The Language” was a underling during Kendrick’s “Control” verse. Drake pronounced he didn’t “want to get into responses,” and called “The Language” “just energy.” While he pronounced Kendrick’s hymn was some-more about MCs wanting to be a best, he non-stop adult about given “The Language” would’ve been viewed a certain form of way.

“Where it became an emanate is that we was rolling out an manuscript while that hymn was still bubbling, so my manuscript rollout became about this thing. What am we ostensible to say? Nah, we’ll be buddy-buddy? Mind you, we never once pronounced he’s a bad man [or] we don’t like him. we consider he’s a fucking talent in his possess right, yet we also stood my belligerent as we should. And with that came another step, that afterwards we have to comprehend I’m being baited and I’m not gonna fall. Jordan doesn’t have to play pickup to infer that he could play ball, no offense. But I’m not gonna give we a possibility to shake me necessarily, ’cause we feel great. There’s no genuine issue.”

It’s engaging to note that in a remix to Future’s “Shit,” Drake raps, “It’s humorous how they swinging a bait,” that would align with a comments done in this Vibe piece.

Drake also concurred a lines from Kendrick’s BET cypher, observant Kendrick’s “going to do what he has to do like a BET [cypher]. But again, it’s not adequate for me to go. We haven’t seen any other [since a BET cypher] yet I’m certain we’ll see any other and it’ll be cool. And if it’s not, afterwards we theory that’s how a story unfolds.”

Aug. 5, 2014 – Drake calls Kendrick a “king” during OVO Fest

With news per a Drake/Kendrick beef going cold in 2014, it was bone-head to see J. Cole move Drake out during his set, and Drake finish his time saying, “Shout out my nigga Kendrick Lamar.” The regard didn’t stop there: “Kendrick was on my album, we went on tour…that’s one of a hardest niggas alive. He should be station right [here]. There’s a lot of kings in this shit, so shoutout to Kendrick and shoutout my hermit J. Cole.”

Oct. 29, 2014 – Kendrick goes in on a “motor mouth”

On Jay Rock’s singular “Pay for It,” Kendrick done a anxiety to Drake’s explain of being “the child with a engine mouth” on “The Language” with a following lines:

I tell ’em all to accost aristocrat Kendrick, resurrecting my vengeance
Been dissecting your engine mouth compartment we mangle down a engine

He also mentioned that those lines weren’t a “warning shot,” and that he’d “rather die alone” so he’s “endin’ a friendship.” Awkward.

Feb. 13, 2015 – Drake talks Kendrick on If You’re Reading This

Two lines on “Used To” sound like they’re for Kendrick:

They gon’ contend your name on them airwaves
They gon’ strike we adult right after like it’s usually rap

During a 2013 talk for Elliott Wilson’s CRWN series, Drake called Kendrick “the loser who’s intensely hungry,” observant that his “Control” hymn was “real cold for a integrate of weeks.” But Drake done it a indicate to contend that he’s giving people moments instead of long-lasting material. He afterwards forsaken this.

“I know that hymn had no malice behind it, given we saw him 5 days after during a VMAs and it was all love. He didn’t come on there in some wild, ‘I’m in New York, fuck everybody, don’t demeanour during me.’ It was one of those things, we roughly wished he had come in there on that shit, given we kind of mislaid a small honour for a view of a verse. If it’s ‘really fuck everybody’ afterwards it needs to be ‘fuck everybody.’ It can’t be median for a consequence of a people.”

Drake after pronounced that when it comes to competition, he’s “more disturbed about consistency, bodies of work.”

Mar. 24, 2015 – Kendrick references ghostwriters on “King Kunta”

While never confirmed, Kendrick’s “King Kunta” contained some lines that, given a Quentin Miller ghostwriting saga, might have been directed during a 6 God.

I can puncture rappin’
But a rapper with a spook writer? What a fuck happened?

Oh no!

Aug. 7, 2015 – Kendrick takes Drake to Compton

Who’da thunk that Kendrick, on Dr. Dre’s manuscript Compton, would’ve borrowed Drake’s “Energy” to chuck a discerning shot during a Boy? Take these lines from “Darkside/Gone”:

But still we got enemies giving me energy, we don’t wanna quarrel now
Subliminally sent to me all of this hate, we suspicion we was holding a mic down

Then, on “Deep Water,” Kendrick dug a funeral tract for Drake:

They probable to bury him, they nominated 6 to lift him
They worry him to death, yet he’s no vegetarian
The beef is on his breath, inheriting a play improved than
A good white, nigga this is life in my aquarium

March 14 and 18, 2016 – The $2 bills

There was a week in Mar where both Kendrick and Drake seemed on a Internet with some $2 bills. First it was Kendrick, who was seen on Dave Free’s Snapchat thumbing by a smoke-stack of $2 bills. Four days later, Drake posted some $2 bills on a ‘gram. Why, though?

June 4, 2016 – Drake releases “4PM In Calabasas”

While not a shot during Kendrick, Drake did take some time out on “4PM” to simulate on a 2011 Club Paradise Tour, observant he “drew for” Kendrick and Rocky when he was told to “take an RB nigga on a road” given he “tried to make a right choices with a universe watching.” One could turn this as Drake perplexing to trainer adult and be on some consanguine shit, yet again, with all of a claps behind and onward between these two, and who Drake was actually calling out on “4PM,” K-Dot expected didn’t remove nap over this one.

June 15, 2016 – The broken interview

Let former NFL actor Marcellus Wiley tell it, there was in fact a beef between a two, and he had a front quarrel seat. “All we know is there was a beef,” Wiley said, “and all we know is we was declare to when a beef would have lighted to proportions we have not seen given Ja Rule/50, maybe even Ice Cube/N.W.A. Like it went there. But that was broken from everyone’s property. That was destroyed, that interview, that impulse was destroyed. That’s all I’m gonna say. But we was there and we listened a shots fired.”

Wiley never did contend who a dual artists were, yet Drake was during ESPN studios around a time Big Sean forsaken “Control.” Whatever a box might be, Wiley pronounced a rapper’s publicist done certain that this talk never went public. Who knows what could’ve went down if a) this was in fact Drake going in on Kendrick and b) a universe got to hear a interview….

Mar. 23, 2017 – Kendrick might’ve had subs for Drake on “The Heart Part 4”

Don’t do it. Don’t flog that “but we pronounced he was going ham during Big Sean” ish. He many positively was. But as we forked out, it’s not tough to suppose that Kendrick was going in on Drake, too, generally given a strain was expelled shortly after More Life dropped.

Was Kendrick’s “One, two, three, four, five/I am a biggest rapper alive” a shot during Drake’s “I know we pronounced tip five, yet I’m tip two/And I’m not dual and we got one” from “Gyalchester?” Or was “You jumped sides on me, now we ’bout to accommodate Westbrook” an answer to Drake’s “Weston Road Flows”? Could all of that paper crumpling be a curtsy to Drake’s ghostwriter accusations?

Whatever a box might be, it feels like these dual had mutual honour for any other (and many expected still do), yet somewhere along a approach shit went left.


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