West Coast hip-hop artist Schoolboy Q has stepped forward to offer his take on Kendrick Lamar stealing the spotlight at the BET Hip Hop Awards courtesy of a must-watch BET Cypher.
Despite the media speculation of K. Dot using his bars to unleash fury onto Young Money’s Drake, Schoolboy downplayed the hype.
“I keep it one hundred all the way through,” Q said when asked about Lamar’s freestyle. “We went, we recorded it, Kendrick wasn’t even going to rap. Then, out of nowhere, me, Soul and Rock, he pulled us to the side and said, ‘Yo, check this sh*t out. Let me rap it.’ We was like, and the director was like, ‘Come on! It’s time to go,’ because we were already waiting there. We didn’t know he was going to rap and then we were like, ‘Yo, this n*gga just said all that?’ Me, Soul and Rock were looking like, ‘D*mn, we wrote the 16!’ We were hurt. That was one of the moments. He’s Kendrick Lamar. At the end of the day, as much as we are competitive with each other, he ‘is’ the dude at the head of our came right now. He deserves to get that extra 80 bars he spit. That’s Kendrick Lamar, people were wanting that. … [Was he going at Drake?] I don’t know man. I didn’t catch it until people said something about it. But um, I still don’t think he went at Drake because he did that before the little incident, I guess. I swear. [I’m] telling the truth.” (Sway’s Universe)
As expected, K. Dot did not hold back on dropping hard-hitting bars during Tuesday’s BET Hip Hop Awards broadcast.
Ever since a preview clip of his verse at the BET Hip-Hop Awards surfaced earlier this month, perhaps the most anticipated part of the ceremony has been Kendrick Lamar’s cypher in which he purportedly calls out Drake. Now that the full cypher has aired, it’s clear Lamar pulled no punches in his verse. “Nothing’s been the same since they dropped ‘Control’/ And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes,” the Compton rapper spat. “Your sh*t never penetrates/ Pin the tail on the donkey, boy you been a fake.” In the full two-minute cypher (part of a larger segment with Top Dawg Entertainment), Kendrick established his dominance over the rest of the pack. “I’m the master that masturbated on your favorite emcee,” he rapped shortly after the beginning of his verse after cheers were heard from the ceremony’s crowd. (Billboard)
Not stopping there, Kendrick appeared to dig even deeper into the overnight feud with more dicey lyrics.
Other choice lines: “I got my thumb on hip-hop/ And my foot in the back of your ass,” “I spilled blood on my apron cooking this up” and “Hold up, wait a minute/ Your career ain’t sh*t unless you got some Kendrick in it,” the latter of which elicited more cheers from the crowd, before ending the cypher by crowning himself “King Kendrick.” Lamar’s supposed Drake diss comes following his verse on Big Sean‘s “Control,” earlier this year, on which the rapper name-dropped Drake in a long list of emcees for whom he says he has love but is “tryin’ to murder.” (Billboard)
Drake recently shared some thoughts on the buzz Kendrick ignited and why his main objective did not make sense to him.
“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 ‘f*ck everybody’ then it needs to be ‘f*ck everybody’. It can’t just be halfway.” (Miss Info TV)
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