Kendrick Lamar and Drake's Beef Goes Back More Than a Decade

"I'm the biggest hater. I hate the way that you walk, the way that you talk. I hate the way that you dress. I hate the way that you sneak diss."


May 1 2024, Published 11:10 a.m. ET

Drake and Kendrick Lamar performing on stage at separate events.
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While the two were friendly in the earliest stages of their careers, Kendrick Lamar and Drake haven't been on good terms recently. The two rappers have continued to come after each other in their lyrics, and while that has been the extent of the back and forth to date, some of the words they've traded have been pretty brutal.

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The feud escalated to new heights with Kendrick's latest album, "Euphoria," which features a pretty brutal track dissing Drake. Given that new track, many want to better understand how this feud started.

Kendrick Lamar at The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" on May 1, 2023
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How did the beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar start?

Early in their careers, Drake and Kendrick seemed to be on relatively good terms. Kendrick was featured on Drake's album "Take Care," and he was also the opener on one of Drake's tours. Once his name was well established in the world of hip hop, though, Kendrick started adding fuel to the fire that would eventually become a decade-long feud. He fired the first shot in August 2013 when he was featured on Big Sean's "Control."

On the track, Kendrick called out not just Drake, but also artists like Mac Miller, Tyler, the Creator, Meek Mill, J.Cole, and others. “I got love for you all, but I’m trying to murder you n-words/ Trying to make sure your core fans never heard of you n-words/ They don’t want to hear not one more noun or verb from you n-words,” he raps in the song. So an attack on Drake, sure, but also on the rap game in general.

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Kendrick then fired another, more specific shot later that year at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in which he suggested that Drake might be fake.

"What am I supposed to say? Nah, we’ll be buddy-buddy?" Drake said in Vibe Magazine. "Mind you, I never once said he’s a bad guy [or] I don’t like him. I think he’s a f--king genius in his own right, but I also stood my ground as I should."

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The beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar got heated in 2023.

After that initial scuffle, things were quiet between the two for almost 10 years. On "First Person Shooter," Drake said that he was the king MC, and seems to have woken Kendrick from his slumber in the process.

On Future and Metro Boomin's "Like That," Kendrick claims his spot as the best in the game, openly calling out "First Person Shooter."

Kendrick gets even more explicit on "Euphoria," calling out a "famous actor we once knew is looking paranoid and now spiraling."

He goes on to call Drake a "pathetic master manipulator" and "habitual liar" who is "not a rap artist" but "a scam artist."

"I'm the biggest hater. I hate the way that you walk, the way that you talk," he continues. "I hate the way that you dress. I hate the way that you sneak diss."

"How many more fairytale stories about your life 'til we've had enough?" he adds. "How many more Black features 'til you finally feel that you're Black enough?"

However the feud started, it's safe to say that things between Drake and Kendrick are serious now.

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