By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Rapper Drake continues to be one of the leading men in the rap game as the Young Money artist knows how to make hits and sell millions of records in a music industry that claims the days of artists going platinum are just about over. But that doesn’t mean rappers are losing their ambition to sell lots of records despite the label executives’ lack of enthusiasm. And when it comes to ambition, Kendrick Lamar has lots of it and he confirmed that when he challenged his peers to step their lyrics up in that controversial “Control” verse. Kendrick caught some backlash when he suggested he was the “King of New York,” and although he recent cleared up the meaning to the lyric and said he was only paying homage to the Notorious B.I.G.; people are still talking about the verse and New York rappers are still responding to the lyric.
Drake was one of the young emcees challenged by Kendrick and although he hasn’t said much about it since the verse went viral, he says Kendrick will never be on his level. The rapper covers the latest issue of Billboard Magazine and says:
“It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”
Drake also gives some details on his upcoming album “Nothing Was the Same” and says there won’t be a lot of “ambient ballads” on it:
“There’s a lot less sort of ambient ballad moments on this album where I’m searching or longing for something. That sentiment is gone. Now I’m just kind of like, ‘You know, I’m 26, I don’t know what the f*ck else I could be doing better than this. I feel incredible about how I’m able to support my family and friends and how supportive my family and friends have been of me.'”
Check out the cover below:
The issue will be available on newsstands September 2nd.
He already did Drake. On that Problems song. People skip your part in the clubs to get to Kendrick’s verse. Have a seat.
LOL so true. And they only play ASAP’s part because it’s his song.
I disagree. LOL.
I like Drake. And I’m cool with him believing he’s the best. He should. But that doesn’t make it the truth.
He looks cute on the cover. But Kendrick is hands down the better rapper.
Kendrick would slaughter him. IJS.
Kendrick > Drake but both are still very talented!
Oh please Drake wouldn’t stand a chance just cause he can write some catchy hooks don’t mean he can out rap Kendrick.
Drake was better when he was trying to get on. Now he’s blah. Kendrick all the way.
Kendrick has more substance in his lyrics. It’s kind of like the Nas and Jay Z debate. I always felt Nas was better because of the content and he has better wordplay. I feel the same way about Kendrick.
I like them both. Regardless of who “seems” to be better.
He’s delusional. To outright say Kendrick isn’t better than him on any platform?! C’mon man….. It’s cool to be your own cheerleader and not put anyone above yourself. But there’s a way to address these types of questions without sounding cocky; especially when your comments are invalid. Drake has been in the game longer, so quite naturally Kendrick would have more to prove at this point. But I’m sure he’ll be eating his words and revisiting this topic. Soon. Dude drops a decent verse on Versace and think he’s that guy. Whatever.