Big three or big me
The careers of Kendrick Lamar and Drake both began in 2006 and ran parallel in the burgeoning hip-hop scene. An interesting development in their relationship occurred when Kendrick showed Drake his unreleased album, leading to the creation of "Buried Alive Interlude," a collaboration that blurred the lines between their individual successes and solidified them as emerging talents in the rap world.
Drake recognized Kendrick's potential and even took him on tour, a gesture of support and recognition that deepened their relationship. When Kendrick made his breakthrough with "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," Drake was there too, albeit with a feature. This artistic collaboration seemed promising, but in 2013, the tide began to turn.
The turning point came with Kendrick's verse on Big Sean's "Control," in which he not only took shots at many other rappers but also at Drake. This verse marked the beginning of a public exchange between the two artists that transformed their relationship from friendship to rivalry.
This year, the tension between them reached a climax. A song called "First Person Shooter" by J. Cole and Drake was aimed directly at Kendrick, who countered with "There is no Big Three, there is just big me." Other tracks followed, such as Drake's "Push Ups" and Kendrick's "Euphoria," in which they attacked each other and aired their frustrations in music.
This musical feud escalated into a succession of diss tracks, such as Kendrick's "6:16 in LA," followed by Drake's "Family Matters" and Kendrick's response, "Meet the Grahams." Tensions reached a dangerous point when an OVO store was spray-painted with "They not like us," and shots were fired at Drake's house, injuring a security guard.
Fans of both camps are watching developments closely, hoping that the artists can get back to focusing on their music instead of personal feuds. However, the future of this rivalry remains uncertain, and it is hoped that it can be resolved peacefully without further violence.
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