Drake Is Cool Never Seeing Kendrick Lamar Ever In Life
by Big Mo,posted Dec 20 2013 12:45AM
Drake has no issues with Kendrick Lamar and yet, heâ€™s absolutely comfortable with the prospect of never seeing his Compton counterpart ever again as long as they live.
The pair were friends but after Kendrickâ€™s now-famous â€śControlâ€ť verse their relationship has been noticeably strained.
â€śThereâ€™s no real issue. Itâ€™s tough because the people wanna see us tear each other down; I donâ€™t wanna give them that. Thereâ€™s no point. I have no ill feelings toward that guy. Itâ€™s just like, itâ€™s there for me if I wanna fall for it. Iâ€™m just too smart for that,â€ť he told VIBE. â€śHopefully itâ€™s the last time I gotta talk about this, â€™cause every time I open my mouth up about it, they take this piece and take this piece. And heâ€™s hungry, so heâ€™s going to do what he has to do like the BET [cypher]. But again, itâ€™s not enough for me to go. We havenâ€™t seen each other [since the BET cypher,] but Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll see each other and itâ€™ll be cool. And if itâ€™s not, then I guess thatâ€™s how our story unfolds.â€ť
He said the Control verse and subsequent BET Cypher verse were ill-timed for his plan, as he was about to roll out his hit album Nothing Was The Same.
He wasnâ€™t willing to take the bait and be lured into a rap battle.
Continuing, he said, â€śThe sentiment he was putting forth is what he should have. Of course you wanna be the best. Where it became an issue is that I was rolling out an album while that verse was still bubbling, so my album rollout became about this thing. What am I supposed to say? Nah, weâ€™ll be buddy-buddy? Mind you, I never once said heâ€™s a bad guy [or] I donâ€™t like him. I think heâ€™s a f*cking genius in his own right, but I also stood my ground as I should. And with that came another step, which then I have to realize Iâ€™m being baited and Iâ€™m not gonna fall. Jordan doesnâ€™t have to play pickup to prove that he could play ball, no offense. But Iâ€™m not gonna give you the chance to shake me necessarily, â€™cause I feel great.â€ť
The interview appears in a special issue on race from VIBE