October 3, 2013 16:03

Kendrick Lamar hits back at Drake in BET Awards cypher

Lamar claims he "tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes" in new verse

Kendrick Lamar hits back at Drake in BET Awards cypher

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Kendrick Lamar has hit out at Drake in a cypher recorded for the 2013 BET Awards.

The feud represents the latest chapter in the fall-out from Kendrick Lamar's controversial verse on Big Sean's 'Control' earlier this year, in which he publicly criticised a number of his peers, including Drake. Drake subsequently responded to the insult, claiming that people were not even listening to 'Control' any more and that he only sees Kanye West as his competition.

Responding to Drake's words in a cypher recorded as part of the BET Awards, which were held on Sunday night (September 29), Lamar rapped: "And nothing’s been the same since they dropped 'Control'/And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes/Ha-ha, jokes on you." The ceremony is due to air on US TV later this month (October). Scroll down to hear the verse now.

Many rappers have responded to Kendrick Lamar since 'Control' premiered on August 12. After proclaiming himself king of New York and himself, Jay Z, Nas, Eminem and Andre 3000 as the greatest MCs of all time, Lamar then goes on to pledge to "murder" his current competitors in the verse. He raps: "I'm usually homeboys with the same niggas I'm rhyming with/But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, 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 trying to murder you niggas".

Lamar has since said he may be forced to "dumb down" his lyrics due to the controversy his 'Control' verse generated. He added: "The irony of that line is that the people who actually understood it and got it were the actual kings of New York, you know, me sitting down with them this past week, and them understanding, it’s not actually about being the king of whatever coast, it’s about leaving a mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac."

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