Top of the Billboards

At the top of billboards for the past week Kendrick Lamar, Metro Boomin, and Future’s “Like That” has been heard worldwide. The amount of commotion it has stirred up amongst fans has been really widespread. 

With hip hop being so well known it is expected that a lot of people have kept up to date on the trends and latest artists. There are always those stand-out rappers that seem to be listened to by everyone. 

“My top artists at the moment are Drake, Brent Faiyaz, and Daniel Caesar,” Shaylene Suquilema said. 

“Right now my favorite artists are Bryson Tiller, Drake, and Brent Faiyaz,” Brandan Govindan said. 

Many have heard the new track “Like That” themselves or through streaming apps and friends. Regardless, why this song has been talked about so much is because of the spotlight rapper in the song. 

Kendrick Lamar used his feature in the song to diss rappers Drake and J. Cole. Many of his lyrics were created as responses to references and actual lines of the other two rappers’ previous songs. 

“I don’t really listen to Kendrick Lamar but I know he definitely isn’t better than Drake or J. Cole. If anything I’m on their side. I don’t get what the drama is about,” Brandan Govidan said. 

In J. Cole’s “First Person Shooter” he refers to himself, Drake, and Lamar as the “big three.” Kendrick responds to this in “Like That” dissing the big three and claiming it’s just big me. 

“I disagree with the big hype between the beef. There isn’t much competition. Drake is a better artist overall,” Shaylene Suquilema said. 

The Drake and Lamar beef has been going on for ages. They have been throwing remarks at each other through tracks such as Dr.Dre’s “Deep Water” and Big Sean’s “Control.” 

On the track Lamar starts off his verse responding to a line from Drake on “First Person Shooter.” Drake raps, “First-person shooter mode, we turnin’ your song to a funeral.” Lamar responds by saying “These guys talkin’ out of they necks, don’t pull no coffin out of your mouth, I’m way too paranoid for a threat.” 

“Personally, as a bigger fan of Drake and J. Cole I can still say the verse was really good. It flowed really well and got me hyped but it still doesn’t make him better than the other two,” Govidan said.

Many seem to take the side of the two rappers Drake and J. Cole as they relate to them more than Kendrick. Whether it be personal preference or just because of meaning. 

“I personally prefer J. Cole’s music because I feel like there’s more meaning to it as far as more common lifestyles and situations in a sense. At least for me personally,” Kelly Joseph said. 

Not only is this between the three rappers but others are also involved. Future, Metro Boomin, Rick Ross, and The Weeknd appear to have sided with Kendrick. 

This sudden diss from Kendrick has really displaced many relationships. Fans who have been hoping for upcoming collaborations can kiss them goodbye as the beef will continue to escalate. 

Caption: The “big three” at stake after a blatant diss from Kendrick Lamar Image 

Rose, Jordan. “Kendrick Lamar Just Dissed Drake and J. Cole. Here’s Why.” Complex, y. Accessed 5 Apr. 2024.

Kishon Hariprasad

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