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Opinion: Kendrick Lamar shocks fans with ‘Like That’ verse

Jay’Mi Vazquez- Managing Editor

Kendrick Lamar featured on Future and Metro Boomin’s collab album, “WE DON’T TRUST YOU” and dissed Drake and J. Cole. 

Fans were shocked as Lamar appeared unannounced on the project on track six, titled “Like That,” and delivered an aggressive, direct verse. The song quickly gained attention from media and fans, becoming the No. 1 song on Billboard Hot 100. 

Instead of avoiding the competitive scene of rap, Lamar came directly for Drake and Cole, making clear references to their song together, “First Person Shooter,” and Drakes last album, “For All the Dogs.” 

Lamar references several bars and comes gunning for them. He mentions the “big three” line Cole said in “First Person Shooter.” This line was controversial because Cole was giving praise to Lamar. Still, he took the initiative to say he is better than Drake and Cole, and that there is no “big three.” 

Towards the end of his verse, he comes for the quality of their music and claims that his legacy will outlast both of theirs, comparing himself to Prince and his relationship to Michael Jackson. 

He ends the electric verse with, “For all the dogs getting buried, that’s a K with all these nines, he gon’ see Pet Sematary.” The reference to Drake’s latest album was expected since it was one of his worst albums to date. 

Lamar reignited a decade-long rap beef with Drake after being silent for over 10 years. This new verse reminded fans of his infamous verse on Big Sean’s 2013 song titled “Control,” where he dissed Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler, the Creator and Mac Miller. 

“Control” was the first time Lamar had taken rap beef into the public eye, but he seemed more reserved on that song, showcasing some form of love and respect for everyone he dissed.  

This new diss track is short and directly to the point, showcasing no remorse.  

Drake has been saying vague things during concerts and in Instagram captions that fans are interpreting as responses, but he has yet to address Lamar directly. 

Now, fans are left wondering if Drake or Cole will respond to Lamar’s diss with a song of their own. Drake is known for taking on competition, as shown in his rap beef with Pusha T. So, it is likely he will respond soon with a song.  

With the impending release of Cole’s album, “The Fall Off,” fans are desperate to see him respond to Lamar because that would be one of the most lyrical rap beefs in history.  

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