Kanye West wades into Drake and Kendrick Lamar's feud

2024-04-23·8 seconds


Kanye West has weighed in on the simmering feud between Drake, J Cole and Kendrick Lamar.

The spat has been escalating since last year, when Cole referred to the trio as "the big three", a description that Lamar forcefully rejected.

West, a long-time adversary of Drake, has now added his two cents, on a remix of Lamar, Future and Metro Boomin's song Like That.

"I can't even think of a Drake line," he said, attacking the star's lyrics.

West also criticised Drake's record deal with Universal Music, suggesting he'd sold the rights to his music for "little bag" (money).

"Lifetime deal? I feel bad for [you]," he said.


West's remix was premiered on Justin Laboy's radio show The Download - and opened with the line "Yo Dot, I got you," a reference to Lamar's nickname, K-Dot.

He only played a snippet of the song and, although a fuller version later leaked online, it was unclear whether that was genuine or fan-made.

West and Drake's animosity can be traced back to a dispute over a beat in 2018 - and culminated in an infamous song by Pusha T (and produced by West), where he revealed the existence of Drake's son Adonis.

The latest war of words started on last year's Drake and J Cole collaboration First Person Shooter, where the "big three" claim originated.

The seemingly innocuous comment went unremarked for months. Then, in the middle of March, Lamar delivered a fiery verse on Like That, declaring that there was no "big three - it's just big me".

He went on to call Drake and Cole's best verses insubstantial ("a light pack") and claimed he was the Prince to Drake's Michael Jackson.

Two weeks later, J Cole offered his own reply to Kendrick's verse, in a track called 7 Minute Drill. He called the Pulitzer Prize winner's last album, Mr Morale and The Big Steppers, "tragic" and said the star had "fallen off" his A-game.

He later apologised, appearing to back out of the feud, but Drake doubled down, with a song called Push Ups (Drop And Give Me 50).

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