Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar: “a big moment” for the hip-hop industry

Musicians Drake and Kendrick Lamar have unleashed a veritable avalanche of songs in which they insult each other, with no less than four new songs in a single weekend. Here’s what you need to know about the war between the two hip-hop giants that has an entire industry in suspense.

:it goes without saying that they can attract attention”,”text”:”These are the two biggest stars of our generation in this industry:it goes without saying that they can attract attention”}}”>These are the two biggest stars of our generation in this industry: it goes without saying that they can attract attentionsays David Kantanka, a long-time observer of the hip-hop industry who, among other things, ran the specialized media RapTV.

For him, the battle between the two artists compares to the most notable in the history of the industry: Notorious BIG against Tupac, Ye against Ja-Rule or Nas against Jay-Z.

Just for how often they release songs and the quality of the material they both put out, for me it’s definitely some of the besthe explains.

This weekend was a high point for hip-hop, especially because things have been quieter in the industry for some time. It invigorates the environment and gives it a breath of energy.

A quote from David Kantanka, former director of RapTV

In his latest song, Drake warns Kendrick Lamar that his acolytes from Montreal stand up. This has been interpreted by some as a reference to the Hells Angels. This is just one of the more or less veiled threats that the two rappers have been exchanging for weeks.

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Photo album: Kendrick Lamar and Drake: who will have the last word?

A verse from Kendrick Lamar sparks hostilities

The two artists were not always enemies. In 2012, Kendrick Lamar even accompanied Drake on tour and the latter collaborated on a Kendrick Lamar song.

Several observers read signs of latent animosity in the interactions between the two men over the following years, but hostilities did not really begin until March.

In a verse of the song Like That by Metro Boomin and Future, Kendrick Lamar is basically saying he’s a better rapper than Drake and J. Cole.

Drake fired back with a song called Push Upsa reference to the videos Lamar posts on Instagram, in which he films himself doing push-ups. He also makes fun of Kendrick Lamar’s height and his collaborations with Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift.

An open war that intensifies

Other rappers, including The WeekndJ.Cole, Rick Ross, Future and Boomin Metro, joined in the conflict with their own insulting songs or lyrics. Everyone except J. Cole sided with Kendrick Lamar.

None of them have been as prolific as Drake and Kendrick Lamar themselves. In just over a month, they produced nine insulting songs, diss tracks.

In addition to exchanging threats and insults, they accuse each other of pedophilia and domestic violence.

In this kind of quarrel between rappers, Everything is allowedobserves David Kantanka.

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Rap returns to the forefront of the cultural scene

David Kantanka notes that Kendrick Lamar appears to have a slight lead over Drake in public opinion, but that could change.

According to him, both were able to increase their credibility and promote their careers through their feud.

diss tracks. After the diss tracks, they’re even better”,”text”:”These are the most popular songs right now. People listen to them and it has a financial impact. […] They would be great artists without the diss tracks. After the diss tracks, they are even better”}}”>These are the most popular songs at the moment. People listen to them and it has a financial impact. […] They would be excellent artists without them diss tracks. After the diss tracksthey are even betterdoes he think.

David Kantanka also believes that this saga has had a positive effect on the rap industry until now.

It’s wonderful to see hip-hop at the top of the listening charts againhe said.

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