In an exclusive clip from AllHipHop, Kendrick Lamar was freestyling for the upcoming 2013 BET Awards, which will be shown live on October 15th. The cypher that’s recorded only focuses on the suspicious verse, which leads us to believe that the verse isn’t complete. The bars in question sounds like a subliminal diss to what major blogs/magazines believe to be are at Drake. But, if you pay close attention to the bars (or at least write them out to read) — the bars sounds like they’re aiming at Papoose.
“… and nothing’s been the same since they dropped ‘Control’ and tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes/Ha ha joke’s on you, high-five … I’m bulletproof, Your shit never penetrates, Pin the tail on the donkey, boy you been a fake,” Kendrick spits.
In fact, one person on twitter decided to post a ‘fact sheet’ so you can see for yourself who he’s (Kendrick) aiming at.
Let’s break it down in chronological order with how all of this got started, with Drake & Papoose only being mentioned:
- Back in August, Big Sean leaked Control, but the talked about person on the song was Kendrick, who was calling out some of the most innovative artists and fellow friends in rap right now. The folks who he called out never really responded on track — a few either responded on twitter, or in interviews. The folks who responded was those from New York, feeling disrespected with that ‘KONY’ line.
- Not too long after so many people responded fron NY, one person who decided to take a different route — was Papoose (who at one point was friends with the TDE rapper). Pap decided to take personal shots at Kendrick on anything and everything under the sun. He later explained himself in a debate with Peter Rosenberg. For those of you who don’t remember, Kendrick was responsible for allowing Pap to perform at this year’s Hot97’s Summer Jam in New York.
- In an interview with Hot97, Kendrick speaks in-depth about how his verse came about, and clears the air about the speculation of starting an East-West Coast rivalry. “My first sold-out show was in New York. I always looked at that place as a place that respected my lyrics and respected the culture and the birthplace of it. I think the ones that really took it out of context was the people we know want to grab an opportunity just off the fact of the hype of the record, rapping — a lot of people think it’s about talent. That’s where they get it wrong, I’m saying I’m the most hungry. I respect the legends of the game. I respect people that have done it before me, people that lost their lives over this. Because of what they laid down, I’m going to try to go that much harder and embrace it and live it. That’s the point of the whole verse and what I was trying to convey behind that verse. All the ignorance behind it, kill that noise. It’ll never be like that again, with two coasts rivals. Not on my behalf.”
- Drake was interviewed by Elliot Wilson at CRWN almost two weeks ago. When he was asked about how he really felt about Kendrick calling him out, he wasn’t even fazed by his lyrics. In fact, he explained it this way: “That [‘Control’] verse was a moment to talk about. Are you listening to it now, though?,” he asked, hushing all 850 attendees at NYU’s Skirball Center, including Wilson. Drake continued: “He didn’t come in there on some wild, ‘I’m in New York, fuck everybody.’ I almost wish he had come in there on that shit because I kind of lost a little bit of respect for the sentiment of the verse,” Drake said. “If it’s really ‘fuck everybody’ then it needs to be ‘fuck everybody’. It can’t just be halfway.” (via VIBE)
- Drake’s album Nothing Was The Same was leaked a week early of its scheduled date online. One of the tracks in question, The Language, was suspected to be the first response to Kendrick. “F— any n—a that’s talkin’ that sh– just to get a reaction/ F— going platinum, I looked at my wrist and it’s already platinum.” In a recent interview with Billboard, he states, “It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”
So, here’s where the speculation comes in. One person on twitter posted this photo to compare verses from Papoose and how it looks like Kendrick responded to him. There’s only one ‘fact’ named on there that’s disputable, which is the ‘pajamas’ comment. The fact is, last year Drake was caught going to a club in LA — in pajamas.
Who is Kendrick actually dissing? You can’t say it’s obvious because it’s not the case.