Kendrick Lamar dropped ‘The Heart Pt.4’ , the fourth entry of his Heart series series over the weekend and immediately set the internet ablaze with the sneaky shots at Big Sean and possibly Drake. The track also revealed what could easily be interpreted as the release date of his 4th album on April 7th.
Big Sean has been going at Kendrick ever since the Compton rapper ‘hijacked’ his track with the infamous ‘Control’ verse. On ‘No More Interviews’ off Sean’s latest project ‘I Decided’, he sent clear shots at K Dot which quickly raised questions whether Kendrick would reply to his freind turn foe.
“And i’m not impressed by you niggas rapping fast/ Who sound like one big asthma attack/ but trash when I’m rapping it back/ Who you put in your top five and claim they the savior of rap.”
Spitting fast is one of Kendrick’s fortes, he even calls himself ‘hip-hop rhyme savior’ in the first and last part of “The Heart Part 4 confirming the target of his subs.
There’s no clear shots sent Drake’s way but we cant get over the fact that some lines were leaning towards the 6 god.
Tables turn, lesson learned, my best look / You jumped sides on me, now you ’bout to meet Westbrook/ Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you/ Just know the next game played, I might slap the shit out you
Drake has similar rhyme pattern on ‘Pound Cake’ which features Jay Z. “Tables turn, bridges burn, you live and learn”. So Kendrick’s rendition could be a sneaky sub. Kendrick could view Drake’s response as switching sides―the two were once close associates depending on how you look at it.
“My spot is solidified if you ask me (what else?)/My name is identified as “that king”/I’ll let y’all worry about a list/ I’m on some other shit/A difference between accomplishments and astonishments/ You know what time it is, ante up, this is in forever/ Y’all got till April the 7th to get ya’ll shit together”
However, it’s Kendrick’s dramatic ending of ‘The Heart 4’ that stands out. Drake has gone on record a number of times claiming he is ‘ Top 5’ when it comes to rap and recently on More Life declared himself ‘Top 2’ and categorically stated he’s not the two. Kendrick’s number 1 declaration sends the whole thing into a spin and questions Drake position in the rap industry, how timely?. Drake is yet to declare himself ‘the King’ while Kendrick went full blast calling himself ‘the greatest rapper alive’.