Kendrick Lamar Deepens Drake’s Dispute with the Savage Diss track, Euphoria

Kendrick Lamar deepens Drake's dispute with the savage diss track, Euphoria

Kendrick Lamar has released a diss track aimed at fellow rapper Drake, deepening their long-running conflict.

The song, titled Euphoria, is a response to Drake’s weeks of taunting, which included a series of popular diss records that targeted Lamar.

Over six minutes, Lamar describes Drake as a “manipulator and habitual liar” and criticises his parenting abilities.

He also accuses the Canadian artist of selling out, claiming he just creates music to “pacify” listeners.

And he makes it clear that he has strong feelings for Drake.

This ain’t been ’bout critics, not about gimmicks, not about who the greatest,” he raps. “It’s always been about love and hate, now let me say I’m the biggest hater.”

I hate the way that you walk, the way that you talk, I hate the way that you dress.

Drake is the most-streamed hip-hop artist worldwide.

The rappers’ feud began in 2013, when Kendrick Lamar was still relatively unknown.

He stated that his abilities had “tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pyjama clothes” during a BET Awards performance. The statement was taken to be a reference to Drake, whose raw fusion of R&B and rap had revolutionised hip-hop music.

The song controversially mimicked the sounds of Snoop Dogg and the late Tupac Shakur, a hero of Kendrick Lamar’s, using artificial intelligence technology.

Drake removed the song from his Instagram following a complaint from the estate of Tupac Shakur.

In a similar vein, Lamar’s Euphoria criticises AI use, claiming that it would “make [Tu]pac turn in his grave”.

“Am I battlin’ ghost or AI?” he queries as well. – a reference to the charge that Drake has previously employed ghostwriters.

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Lamar even uses the combative lyric “Y’all think all of my life is rap?” to emphasise the time it took to record a response. I have a son to nurture, but it appears that you are unaware of it.”

Drake shares his reaction to a moment from a movie.

Lamar, who previously won a Pulitzer Prize for his fourth album, Damn, uses the song to showcase his vocal versatility by alternating between rhythmic metres and flows.

In the final bars, he even seems to be imitating Drake’s Toronto accent.

Fans were let down, though, since they had anticipated a clear-cut resolution to the rap feud.

“I like Drake with the melodies, I don’t like Drake when he act tough,” Lamar said, declining to comment when Drake mentioned his wife in a prior song.

“We ain’t gotta get personal, this a friendly fade, you should keep it that way,” he said.

Over the past few months, the divide has attracted the attention of other rappers, as notable artists like Rick Ross, The Weeknd, and Kanye West have released songs that allude to the fallout.

Drake replied to Lamar’s most recent outburst on Instagram by posting a clip from the romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You from the 1990s, in which Julia Stiles’ character reads a poem outlining her complaints about Heath Ledger’s “bad boy” role.

The song appears to be a spoof of Kendrick Lamar’s lyrics, but Drake doesn’t seem to know how the action ends.

“I detest the manner in which I don’t detest you,” Stiles sobs. “Not even close, not even a little bit.”

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