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Royce 5’9″ on who won battle between Drake & Kendrick Lamar



Kendrick Lamar / Royce 5'9" / Drake

The Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef is an ongoing rap feud between Canadian rapper and Compton rappers. The conflict escalated in March 2024 after the release of “Like That” by Future and Metro Boomin, featuring Lamar.

Their first collaboration was in 2011, on Drake’s album Take Care, with another collaboration a year later on Lamar’s album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. Lamar later dissed Drake and several other rappers on the 2013 song “Control” by Big Sean, saying he wanted to “murder” them in music. He clarified that his verse was intended to be seen as “friendly competition”.

In 2023, J. Cole proposed on the track “First Person Shooter” from Drake’s album For All the Dogs that he, Drake, and Lamar were the “Big Three” of hip-hop, prior to stating that he feels like Muhammad Ali, implying that he sees himself as the greatest out of the “Big Three”. The conflict was reignited in March 2024 when Lamar dissed Cole and Drake on the song “Like That”, rejecting the existence of a “Big Three”. Cole then responded to Lamar on the diss track “7 Minute Drill”, which Cole thereafter apologized for and removed from streaming services.

Drake then released the songs “Push Ups” and “Taylor Made Freestyle” in April, with the latter containing AI-generated vocals of Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. “Taylor Made Freestyle” was later deleted from social media after Shakur’s estate expressed its disapproval of the song and threatened Drake with legal action. In response, Lamar released the song “Euphoria” on April 30 and “6:16 in LA” on May 3. Drake responded with “Family Matters” later that day, accusing Lamar of being a domestic abuser and alleging that one of Lamar’s children was fathered by Dave Free. Twenty minutes later, Lamar released “Meet the Grahams”, accusing Drake of being a sexual predator and fathering another secret child. Lamar then released “Not Like Us” the following evening and on May 5, Drake responded with “The Heart Part 6″, denying Lamar’s accusations and claiming his team gave Lamar false information about the secret child.

While majority of hip-hop fans think Kendrick Lamar has the victory, Royce 5’9” thinks that the actually winners are the hip-hop fans who witnessed one of the biggest beets in the history of rap. “Somebody just asked me, who won?? My reply: THE FANS.” said Royce on Instagram. You can check the post below:


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