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Everything You Need to Know About Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar Beef

By The Hyperhive


26 March 2024

Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef

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In the ever-evolving landscape of hip-hop, rivalries, and feuds often serve as the motivation for some of the genre’s most electrifying moments. One such beef that has captivated fans for years is the ongoing saga between Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and J. Cole. This rivalry, marked by fiery verses, subtle jabs, and strategic tricks, has shaped the narrative of modern rap. It continues to intrigue audiences worldwide. Let’s delve deeper into the detailed timeline of this thrilling lyrical war!

2011-2013: Collaborations and Subliminal Shots

November 2011

Kendrick Lamar’s emergence as a formidable force in hip-hop coincides with his feature on Drake’s critically acclaimed album, “Take Care.” Additionally, Lamar’s appearance on the track “Buried Alive Interlude” showcased his lyrical prowess. It also marked the beginning of a collaborative relationship with Drake.

Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef
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February 2012

Drake extends an invitation to Kendrick Lamar to join him as an opening act on his Club Paradise Tour. This was a move that further solidified Lamar’s position in the rap hierarchy.

October 2012

Collaboration continues as Drake and Kendrick Lamar join forces on A$AP Rocky’s hit single “[expletive] Problems” and Lamar’s own track “Poetic Justice.” These collaborations demonstrate mutual respect and admiration between the two artists. They also set the stage for future interactions.

August 2013

Kendrick Lamar sends shockwaves through the rap world with his explosive verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” In this verse, Lamar boldly calls out his peers, including Drake and J. Cole, claiming his dominance and igniting a firestorm of competition.

Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef
©️ Kendrick Lamar Stock / Vecteezy

2013-2016: Escalation and Subtle Jabs

October 2013

Kendrick Lamar’s relentless assault continues as he takes aim at Drake during the BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher. He signals a shift from subtle jabs to more direct confrontations.

December 2013

Drake responds to Kendrick’s diss in a VIBE Magazine cover story, downplaying the rivalry while proving his own confidence and prowess in the rap game.


The rivalry between Kendrick Lamar and Drake boosts as both artists exchange subtle shots in their respective songs. Lamar questions Drake’s authenticity, while Drake counters with veiled references to Lamar’s rise to reputation.

Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef
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2023-2024: Lamar’s Full Attack and Drake’s Response

October 2023

Drake and J. Cole collaborate on “First Person Shooter,” a track that reignites the competitive spirit between them and Kendrick Lamar. In the song, J. Cole’s reference to the “big three” of himself, Drake, and Lamar serves as a catalyst for Lamar’s following response.

Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef
©️ J Cole Stock photos / Vecteezy

March 22, 2024

Kendrick Lamar releases a blistering assault on Future & Metro Boomin’s “Like That.” He delivers demeaning verses aimed directly at Drake and J. Cole. Lamar’s words cut deep as he criticizes the notion of a “big three” and asserts his power in the rap game.

March 25, 2024

Drake addresses Kendrick’s diss during a tour stop, expressing his stubborn confidence and maintaining his dominance in the rap game.

The rivalry between Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and J. Cole transcends mere competition; it represents a clash of titans vying for superiority in the hip-hop arena. With each new diss track and response, the tension between these rap giants continues to escalate. It certainly is captivating audiences and fueling speculation about the next move in this high-stakes lyrical battle. As the feud rages on, one thing remains clear: the legacy of this rivalry will be etched into the annals of hip-hop history for years to come.

Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef
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