Kendrick Lamar's lyrics dissing Drake were heard in a clip from the BET Cypher of 2013. The annual filmed rap session is usually where emcees showcase some of their best rhymes, and Lamar took the opportunity to take subtle shots at Drake.
Kendrick Lamar's lyrics in the diss referenced Drake's latest no. 1 album, Nothing Was The Same, which came out recently, as well as his controversial verse on "Control," which mentioned Drake and other rappers.
"And nothing's been the same since they dropped 'Control' / and tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes / Ha ha, joke's on you," Kendrick spit.
The tension between west coast newcomer Kendrick Lamar and Young Money prince Drake started on Big Sean's song "Control," in which Lamar challenged various rappers to step up the competition in hip-hop.
"That goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale / Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake / Big Sean, Jay Electron, Tyler, Mac Miller / I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n----- / Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n----- / They don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n-----," Kendrick rapped.
It was on the same song that Lamar claimed he was the "King of New York" concerning hip-hop.
Although Drake never responded on record— various other emcees did, however, from Joel Ortiz to Fred Da Godson— he did dismiss Lamar's verse in interviews, saying no one cares about it anymore.
"[Kendrick's] super talented … that verse was a moment to talk about. Are you listening to it now, at this point in time?" Drake told Angie Martinez on HOT 97 in September. "But it was real cool for a couple weeks. … I know that verse had no malice behind it because I saw him five days later at the VMAs and it was all love."
Still, Drake said he didn't necessarily respect what Kendrick did.
"I thought of doing that before. I thought, 'Man, it'd be crazy if I just went off on everybody.' But it's just kinda like, 'Ah, where does it really get me?' Then what? Then every time I rape people are gonna expect me to be confrontational and when I'm not then it's not entertaining?" the Canadian rapper continued. "It kinda puts you in a box a bit. I don't know if I necessarily respect it."