Plus; US star Future reportedly files $1.5m lawsuit against Drake after being sacked from US tour
The performance was recorded ahead of the annual awards ceremony, which aired on US TV last night (October 15). Lamar’s criticism of Drake follows controversial verse on Big Sean’s ‘Control’ earlier this year, in which he publicly criticised a number of his peers, including Drake. Drake subsequently responded to the insult, claiming that people were not even listening to ‘Control’ any more, and that he only sees Kanye West as his competition.
Responding to Drake’s words in a cypher recorded as part of the BET Awards, which were held on September 29, Lamar raps: “And nothing’s been the same since they dropped ‘Control’/And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pyjama clothes/Ha-ha, jokes on you“. He then adds: “I got my thumb on hip-hop and my foot up your ass. You’re scared to death/You’re scared to look in the mirror when Kendrick is near you/King Kendrick“. Scroll down to watch the performance in full now.
Other rappers who recorded cyphers for the TV transmission of the BET Awards included Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Lil Kim and Action Bronson.
Meanwhile, The New York Post reports that Drake is facing a $1.5m lawsuit from Future, who was due to support him on his upcoming US tour. According to reports, Drake was angered by comments Future made about his new album ‘Nothing Was The Same’ in a recent interview with Billboard. Discussing the album, Future said: “Drake made an album that is full of hits but it doesn’t grab you. They’re not possessive; they don’t make you feel the way I do.”
Though not confirmed to be the reason, the Post reports Future was sacked from the tour shortly after the interview was published. Future’s comments did not appear in the printed version of Billboard but did make it into the online version. He has claimed that his comments were made off the record and is set to file a $1.5m (£900,000) lawsuit for loss of wages having been due to make $40,000 (£25,000) per night on the tour.
Drake has yet to respond.