The Hip-Hop Showdown: Kendrick Lamar-Drake, and J Cole’s Beef Explained

  • Drake: A successful Canadian musician known for blending rap and R&B, producing hits like “Hotline Bling” and “One Dance.”
  • Kendrick Lamar: A critically acclaimed rapper from Compton known for his powerful lyrics addressing social issues, even winning a Pulitzer Prize for music.
  • J Cole: Born in Germany, and raised in North Carolina, J Cole is recognized for his introspective and analytical approach to rap, mentored by Jay-Z.

Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and J Cole’s Beef Origins

  • The initial spark came from a collaboration between Drake and J Cole on the track “First Person Shooter,” where Cole referred to them and Kendrick as the “big three” of hip-hop.
  • This ignited tension when Kendrick, feeling slighted, responded with an explosive verse on a song by Metro Boomin’ and Future, dismissing the idea of a “big three.”
  • The verse also subtly targeted Drake, given Metro Boomin’s falling out with him.

Kendrick Strikes Back

  • Kendrick’s verse, packed with expletives, challenged Cole’s assertion and positioned himself as the sole dominant figure in hip-hop.
  • He likened himself to Prince, positioning Drake as Michael Jackson, and threatened to bury their careers, metaphorically, in a “pet Sematary.”
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Drake’s Response

  • Drake, not one to back down, addressed Kendrick’s verse during a concert in Florida, asserting his dominance and confidence.
  • He made it clear that he won’t be shaken by Kendrick’s challenge.
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J Cole’s Retaliation

  • J Cole responded to Kendrick’s verse on a track from his album “Might Delete Later,” dismissing Kendrick’s critique and questioning his recent musical output.
  • While acknowledging Kendrick’s earlier success, Cole asserted his own rise in the rap scene and expressed willingness to battle Kendrick if necessary.