Decryption | Kendrick v. Drake in six rounds

In recent weeks, the rivalry – or beef – between Kendrick Lamar and Drake, which started a few years ago, has intensified. Public interest continues: euphoriareleased Tuesday by Kendrick Lamar, received more than 9 million plays on Spotify within 24 hours of its release.

From collaborators to enemies


Rapper Drake

From time to time, the competitive aspect of rap resurfaces. Verbal jousts, at the origin of the genre, can propel artists and ruin others – Ja Rule, Canibus. In this “sport”, the best way to prove your superiority is to devalue your opponent. Not the best life lesson, we agree. The ingenuity with which some rappers express their anger can, however, be impressive. The piece euphoria conceals several pearls.

Before we dive in, let’s go back to 2011, when Drake, real name Aubrey Graham, was on the verge of superstardom and Kendrick Lamar’s career was taking off. Generous, the Torontonian invites the latter to demonstrate his talent on Buried Alive Interludeseventh track from his album Take Care. Additionally, Drake, who doesn’t even appear on the track, chooses K. Dot – and A$AP Rocky – to accompany him on tour. The following year, he provided a verse to Poetic Justice on good kid, mAAd city, the record that revealed Kendrick. This was their last collaboration.


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