The full timeline of the Kendrick vs. Drake beef

The full timeline of the Kendrick vs. Drake beef

by Robyn Pullen
8 min

In case you missed it, Kendrick and Drake are beefing. From Kendrick Lamar’s feature on Future and Metro Boomin’s new album We Don’t Trust You where he insinuated Drake’s not part of the “Big 3”, to Uma Thurman offering Drake her “Kill Bill” suit via Instagram, here’s our rundown of exactly why the rappers’ beef kicked off and its timeline up until now.

Drake vs. Kendrick: the origins

Whilst the beef between rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake came to a head on the album We Don’t Trust You – specifically on the track “Like That” – it’s been brewing for a while. The Cold War between Drake and Kendrick kicked off in 2013, instigated by Kendrick’s feature on Big Sean’s track “Control” in which he name-dropped Drake and a number of other rappers, saying “I got love for you all, but I’m tryna murder you.” Drake clapped back the same year in his track “The Language,” sneak-dissing Kendrick with the line: “I don’t know why that they been lyin/ But your s*** is not that inspirin.”

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Since then, Kendrick and Drake have been regularly firing shots at each other in their music, but their dispute finally reached its peak a few weeks ago when Kendrick called out both Drake and J. Cole on We Don’t Trust You. Kendrick referenced the Drake and J. Cole’s collaborative track on For All The Dogs, by saying “F*** sneak dissin’, ‘First Person Shooter,’ I hope they came with three switches.” But the nail in Drake’s coffin undeniably is Kendrick’s line: “Motherf*** the ‘Big 3,’ n****, it’s just big me/I’m really like that/And your best work is a light pack/N****, Prince outlived Mike Jack.”

From a few lines to industry wide

Shortly after the beef between Kendrick and Drake boiling over in “Like That” caught the attention of the internet, Metro Boomin took to X to say “Once you pick a side stay there.. #WEDONTTRUSTYOU,” a comment that had fans wondering whether every major rapper would be taking sides. Users began posting their speculations for which side each artist would take, grouping “KENDRICK, YE, & FUTURE VS DRAKE, COLD, & 21.” Kendrick and Drakes’ beef had gone from a few lines to industry wide drama that had people speculating what would happen next.

A few weeks later, Drake made a comment in reference to disses at one of his shows that, “I got my head held high, my back straight, I’m ten f***ing toes down … and I know no matter what there’s not a n**** on this earth that could ever f*** with me in my life.” Whilst it was a strong statement, fans admitted it would’ve hit harder if he’d rapped it, and as time went on more and more people agreed he should probably respond to Kendrick with his own diss track.

Responses roll in, but not from Drake

As the discourse around what was going down between Drake and Kendrick grew, Dennis Graham, Drake’s own dad got involved by posting on his Instagram, “I am about to drop some new music and I am not sure if it’s going to sell, but I am going to call some of my homies and get them start a beef with Drake.” His response did apparently not end the beef. 

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Plenty of other rappers also had things to say on the Kendrick vs. Drake beef, with OVO Chubbs writing “Tell that little boy to drop!!!!! But he won’t, He knows better” on his Instagram story (a clear reference to Drake’s silence); IDK saying “The big 3 need to retire and make way” on X; and Doja Cat sharing her own “Big 4” featuring “Pitbull, Chingy, Baby Bash and Flo Rida.”

J. Cole stands on business (and then steps down)

Last week, J. Cole finally stepped up and responded to Kendrick’s diss track towards himself and Drake with the song “7 Minute Drill,” featuring the lines: “Your first s*** was classic, Your last s*** was tragic, Your second s*** out n****s to sleep, But they gassed it,” and “4 albums in 12 years, n****? I can divide.” Whilst the track’s reception was pretty well-received – with Kai Cent saying J. Cole is rapping like he has rent to pay – J. Cole actually apologised for and deleted the track a few days after it dropped.

Although J. Cole’s album was admittedly named Might Delete Later, which should’ve clued us into the fact he wasn’t speaking with his chest, fans were still surprised to see “7 Minute Drill” removed from streaming services. Whilst headlining at Dreamville Festival 2024, J. Cole apparently called “7 Minute Drill” the “lamest, goofiest shit,” and even apologised to Kendrick, saying “I tried to jab my n**** back and I tried to keep it friendly. But at the end of the day, when I listen to it and when it comes out and I see the talk, that s*** don’t sit right with my spirit.”

Finally Drake (and Uma Thurman) get involved

Two days ago, a diss track by Drake titled “Push Up” leaked online, featuring the line “Pip-squeak, pipe down/You ain’t in no Big Three, SZA got you wiped down,” and sent fans into a frenzy. 50 Cent backed Drake by posting on Instagram “All you 🥷🏿’s got smoked by a light skinned,” and Lebron James weighed in on X, saying, “nothing like 2 heavyweights doing what they do best!” 

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Then rapper Rick Ross got involved, dropping his own Drake diss track after a long-time feud with the rapper, and Uma Thurman offered Drake her “Kill Bill” suit after he posted a reference to the movie on his Instagram, asking “Need this? @champagnepapi.” The entire world seems to be revelling in the drama.

Drake and Kendrick let it lie… for now

As of right now, aside from his leaked, unreleased “Push Up” track, Drake’s still not implied he’s planning to make a comment again on his beef with Kendrick with any new track or album, but he could just be biding his time to come up with something less “goofy” (self-described) than J. Cole’s retaliation. 

You’d think this post by Metro Boomin via X saying “I see a lot of n****s been scared to post the album too 😂😭😭😭” would surely have Drake fighting to book a studio. Or maybe seeing that J. Cole, his ally, featured on “Red Leather,” a new track in Future and Metro Boomin’s album We Don’t Trust You, would have Drake lose his cool… Either way, it’s Drake’s Instagram captions that reveal the most, with subtle comments like “I could never sell ya’ll out to sell my latest work, Never do you bad out the blue but I’m down to make it worse.” Could this be his way of implying an album is coming?

Featured image via @metroboomin on X©

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