…these artists aren’t on the same level and not in the same class, so why should they be put in the same ring?
With Kendrick’s most recent solo track, “The Heart Pt. 4” (the fourth installment in his “Heart” series), there is much speculation about exactly who his agitation and animosity are directed towards. Some say it could be Big Sean, and it very well could be, but the most obvious answer has to be Drake. Anyone who has been following the two Hip-Hop new school leaders knows that something has been brewing between them since the release of Kendrick’s notorious verse on “Control” (that one verse where Kendrick called out every relevant rapper on their shit if you didn’t know). So at this point, it’s pretty evident that Drake is the target. I mean, the Hov references; the fact that Drake’s More Life dropped only a few days before; the skits in the track where Kendrick is crumpling up paper—alluding to the idea that he actually writes his content on his own. It’s all pretty clear who’s head he’s after. But is this really beef? Do we really want this to be beef?
Keepin’ it Blunt
I don’t think this beef is even worth it. Part of me thinks it would be pretty cool to watch two Hip-Hop giants get at each other, but in this case it isn’t like this is a Jay and Nas situation; these artists aren’t on the same level and not in the same class, so why should they be put in the same ring? Drake is a pop star who he himself said that “rap is something I do on the side,” whereas Kendrick is the one being held as the saviour of rap. Maybe it would be cool to see these two name-drop each other on some tracks, but one, I don’t think Drake would even consider responding so explicitly, and two, this beef isn’t worth any of these artists’ time considering they are on too very different missions: Drake wants to be the biggest artist in the world and Kendrick wants to help change the world.