"But this is hip-hop and them n*ggas should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n*ggas/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n*ggas.They don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n*ggas." - Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar called out quite a few of his peers on "Control." While shots from emcees that weren't mentioned have been flying left and right, the rappers that were actually jabbed in the song have been eerily quiet.
The only one that has publicly said that he is ready for competition with K. Dot is Meek Mill.
"If he wants to get competitive, we’re going to have some fun," Meek recently stated to Mina SayWhat of Phildalphia's Power 99.
Wale told TMZ: "I would have been offended if my name wasn't in that sh*t." As far as a lyrical response from the MMG artist, don't expect to hear one.
The guy who might be doing some serious plotting is Drake. According to AllHipHop, it's rumored that the YMCMB emcee is not at all happy about having his name mentioned. As a matter of fact Drizzy is downright livid.
Before Kendrick became a household name with the release of Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, it was Drake who gave him much needed exposure by letting the Compton rapper and A$AP Rocky open for his Club Paradise Tour in late 2011 and early 2012.
Translation; You don't bite the hand of the man that helped you on your way to stardom.
AllHipHop reports that the time for Drake to strike may be nearing.
For Drake, that time is sooner than later since he’s presently in the studio recording and has reason to promote the “beef” to sell some records. And, I know cats ain’t all on Drake with his light-skinned, singing ways, but he’s got bars when he wants.
Does Drake have what it takes to lyrically compete with Kendrick?