Kendrick Lamar & Drake’s Feud: A Timeline of Their Beef


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It’s funny to think that there was once a time when Kendrick Lamar and Drake were once collaborators. Early on in both of their careers, Kendrick, 36, was featured on the Drake, 37, cut “Buried Alive Interlude” from his album Take Care. K.Dot also served as the opener on Drake’s 2012 tour, and Drizzy made an appearance on Kendrick’s song “Poetic Justice” from 2012’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.

In 2013, Kendrick took shots at tons of huge rappers in his guest verse on Big Sean’s never-formally released song “Control,” including Drake. “I got love for you all, but I’m tryna murder you,” Kendrick rapped in part. Though there was some back and forth and speculation that one of Drake’s songs was a response to “Control,” the beef mostly went dormant for about a decade. As Kendrick dropped “euphoria” at the end of April 2024, tons of fans were drawn into the feud between the two. While it’s unclear if the sparring match is over, Drake has gotten the last word in at the time of publication.

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Look back on the timeline of the beef starting from Drake’s For All The Dogs track in late 2023.

When Drake released his album For All The Dogs in October 2023, one of the stand-out tracks was “First Person Shooter,” which featured J.Cole. On the song, both Cole and Drake rap about their superstar statuses, and boast about their success. While they celebrate being at the top of the game, Cole did offer Kendrick a shoutout, declaring the trio “the Big 3,” even though Cole admitted that he felt like boxing great “Muhammad Ali.”

Despite Cole’s verse being mostly complimentary, Kendrick responded months later with a verse to show that he wasn’t having it, when he made a guest appearance on Future and Metro Boomin‘s song “Like That.” He took shots at both Drake and Cole on the song, while declaring himself the best. “F**k sneak dissin’, first person shooter, I hope they came with three switches,” he rapped. “Motherf**k the big three. N***a, it’s just big me.”

Kendrick also took a shot at Drake’s line in the song where he compared himself to Michael Jackson, with K.Dot giving himself his own great to liken himself to. “Prince outlived Mike Jack’.”

Shortly after Kendrick’s diss on “Like That,” Cole surprise-released his album Might Delete Later. On the closing number “7 Minute Drill,” Cole laid into the Damn rapper with tons of disses against the music and his status in the current rap scene. The Born Sinner rapper also accused Kendrick of dropping disses to stay relevant. “He still doin’ shows but fell off like The Simpsons,” he rapped. “If he wasn’t dissin’, we wouldn’t be discussin’ him.”

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It’s funny to think that there was once a time when Kendrick Lamar and Drake were once collaborators. Early on in both of their careers, Kendrick, 36, was featured on the Drake, 37, cut “Buried Alive Interlude” from his album Take Care. K.Dot also served as the opener on Drake’s 2012 tour, and Drizzy made an appearance on Kendrick’s song “Poetic Justice” from 2012’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.

In 2013, Kendrick took shots at tons of huge rappers in his guest verse on Big Sean’s never-formally released song “Control,” including Drake. “I got love for you all, but I’m tryna murder you,” Kendrick rapped in part. Though there was some back and forth and speculation that one of Drake’s songs was a response to “Control,” the beef mostly went dormant for about a decade. As Kendrick dropped “euphoria” at the end of April 2024, tons of fans were drawn into the feud between the two. While it’s unclear if the sparring match is over, Drake has gotten the last word in at the time of publication.

Look back on the timeline of the beef starting from Drake’s For All The Dogs track in late 2023.

When Drake released his album For All The Dogs in October 2023, one of the stand-out tracks was “First Person Shooter,” which featured J.Cole. On the song, both Cole and Drake rap about their superstar statuses, and boast about their success. While they celebrate being at the top of the game, Cole did offer Kendrick a shoutout, declaring the trio “the Big 3,” even though Cole admitted that he felt like boxing great “Muhammad Ali.”

Despite Cole’s verse being mostly complimentary, Kendrick responded months later with a verse to show that he wasn’t having it, when he made a guest appearance on Future and Metro Boomin‘s song “Like That.” He took shots at both Drake and Cole on the song, while declaring himself the best. “F**k sneak dissin’, first person shooter, I hope they came with three switches,” he rapped. “Motherf**k the big three. N***a, it’s just big me.”

Kendrick also took a shot at Drake’s line in the song where he compared himself to Michael Jackson, with K.Dot giving himself his own great to liken himself to. “Prince outlived Mike Jack’.”

Shortly after Kendrick’s diss on “Like That,” Cole surprise-released his album Might Delete Later. On the closing number “7 Minute Drill,” Cole laid into the Damn rapper with tons of disses against the music and his status in the current rap scene. The Born Sinner rapper also accused Kendrick of dropping disses to stay relevant. “He still doin’ shows but fell off like The Simpsons,” he rapped. “If he wasn’t dissin’, we wouldn’t be discussin’ him.”

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