The Big Three, Or Just One?

In the hip-hop scene lately, everyone’s buzzing about one thing: disstracks. Kendrick Lamar started it all, and he’s already gotten two responses. But we hadn’t heard a peep from him until yesterday. Then suddenly, “Euphoria” dropped.

It all started with what seemed like a harmonious moment in hip-hop when J. Cole dubbed himself, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar as the ‘big three’. There was a sense of unity and mutual respect, but things took a dramatic turn when Kendrick appeared on “Like That,” a track by Future and Metro Boomin. With a fiery verse, Kendrick declared himself the sole ruler of contemporary hip-hop, dismissing the notion of a ‘big three’ with the line, “Motherfuck the big three, n*gga it’s just big me.”

Feeling compelled to respond, J. Cole released “7 Minute Drill,” a weak diss track that he later apologized for and removed from streaming platforms. It was a clear indication that Kendrick’s dominance couldn’t be denied, even by his peers. Fun to mention is that Conductor Williams produced the second half of this song, glad to see him get his flowers.

Drake, came back swinging with “Push Ups.” The track leaked a couple days before the official release. The main topic of this track is that Kendrick is small and has small feet (‘How the fuck you big steppin’ with a size-seven men’s on? / I’m at the top of the mountain, so you tight now / Just to have this talk with your ass, I had to hike down’). He criticized Kendrick for his collaborations with mainstream pop artists and questioned his authenticity as a rapper. Drake’s response was okay and nothing special, it sounds even worse knowing that there are 2 extra writing credits for this song. In our opinion, Drake failed to overshadow Kendrick’s initial strike.

Not wanting to be left out, Rick Ross entered the fray with “Champagne Moments.” His contribution added to the spectacle but didn’t significantly impact the ongoing feud. He called Drake a ‘White Boy’ and exposed that Drake did a surgery to get a six-pack (‘Yeah, you had that surgery, that six-pack gone That’s why you wearin’ that funny shit at your show, you can’t hide it, n*gga’). Meanwhile, Kendrick remained silent, allowing Drake to continue his verbal assault unchallenged.

There was one more rapper who got involved, Kanye West. He made a remix of the ‘Like That’ track and dropped it on Youtube. Kanye wasn’t even mentioned in one of the tracks but he had to let everybody know that he is still in the game (‘We just hit a number one, we right back’). He threw multiple shots at Drake (‘Where’s Lucian? Serve your master, n*gga / I can’t even think of a Drake line’) and J. cole (‘Play J. Cole, get the pussy dry’).

While things were quiet on the Lamar side, Drake dropped a strange diss track called “Taylor Made Freestyle.” He used AI to mimic Tupac and Snoop Dogg, supposedly giving advice to Kendrick. Drake then added that he was tired of waiting for a response. But Tupac’s family wasn’t happy and threatened to sue Drake for using his voice without permission. So, Drake ended up taking the track offline.

But Kendrick wasn’t staying quiet for long. With “Euphoria,” he delivered a six-minute onslaught aimed squarely at Drake. He reminded Drake of his past beef with Pusha T (‘Yeah, fuck all that pushin’ P, let me see you push-a-T / You better off spinnin’ again on him, you think about pushin’ me?’), criticized him for being an absent father (‘That’s hoe shit, I got a son to raise, but I can see you know nothin’ ‘bout that’), called Drake zesty (‘When I see you stand by Sexyy Red, I believe you see two bad bitches / I believe you don’t like women, it’s real competition, you might pop ass with ’em’) and exposed his alleged use of ghostwriters (‘Ain’t twenty-v-one, it’s one-v-twenty if I gotta smack n*ggas that write with you / Yeah, bring ‘em out too, I clean ‘em out too’).

It was a masterful display of lyrical prowess, leaving no doubt about Kendrick’s superiority in the rap game. On top of Kendrick coming in hard with his lyrics, he also poked fun at Drake’s Toronto accent (‘Don’t speak on the family, crodie / It can get deep in the family, crodie / Talk about me and my family, crodie?’). The way Kendrick played with his voice shows again, that he’s the better rapper. At the end of the track, Kendrick tells Drake that he doesn’t want him to say the N-word because he isn’t black enough (‘We don’t wanna hear you say “n*gga” no more’).

In the aftermath, Kendrick’s “Euphoria” stands as the sharpest track in this rap feud, firmly placing the ball back in Drake’s court. As we await the next chapter in this hip-hop saga, one thing is clear: there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned hip-hop soap opera to keep fans on the edge of their seats. What do you think, can we expect a response from Drake?

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