Kendrick Lamar calls out Drake on 'Compton' verses
Dr. Dre’s Compton, his first album in 16 years, dropped this week with an exclusive stream on Apple Music and a release via the streaming service and iTunes. The tracks feature guest spots from newcomers like Anderson .Paak and Jon Connor, and established hip-hop artists such as Snoop Dogg and Dre protégé Kendrick Lamar, who seems to call out Drake in a few different lines.
Lamar and Drake’s rivalry is years old — Lamar called Drake out by name on his lauded verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” and Drake took a subtle shot at him on “Used To” — and on Dre’s track “Darkside/Gone,” Lamar dredges it up again: “But still I got enemies giving me energy, I wanna fight now/ subliminally sent to me all of this hate,” he raps, making a reference to Drake’s “Energy,” which appeared on his recent mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.
And on “Deep Water,” Lamar borrows some of Drake’s lyrics from “Started From The Bottom” and “6 God” to make his point: “Motherf—er know I started from the bottom /They liable to bury him, they nominated six to carry him/ They worrying him to death, but he’s no vegetarian/ The beef is on his breath, inheriting the drama better than/ A great white, n—-, this is life in my aquarium.”