Kendrick Lamar laid down the gauntlet to some of hip hop’s top stars, but he’s going to have do better in order to rattle a proper response from Drake.
The chart-topping rap star was among the rappers Lamar name checked in his fiery verse on Big Sean’s “Control” single. The incendiary lyrics, where the Compton MC even referred to himself as the “king of New York” among other things, sparked lyrical responses from Lupe Fiasco, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and a host of other not so relevant wordsmiths. Still, for all the talk surrounding the song, onlookers were waiting for one of the A-list rappers to issue a rebuttal.
In a new cover story interview with Billboard magazine, Drake issued his first comments on the song. Asked what his initial reaction was, the “Started From the Bottom” rapper said he “went about my day, went and got dinner and kept it moving.”
The near flippant reaction is not what fans wanted to hear, but Drizzy sounds like he’s hardly fazed by K. Dot’s threats.
“I didn’t really have anything to say about it,” Drake told Billboard. “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.”
Sounds like we’ll have to tune into to this saga when that moment presents itself.
As for what Drake is focused on now, his highly-anticipated third album Nothing Was the Same is set for release on September 24