Drake Reacts to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ Verse: ‘He’s Not Murdering Me’

Kendrick Lamar and Drake

Kendrick Lamar lit a fire in his peers with his explosive verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” But Drake isn’t sweating it. The Canadian rapper says the Compton MC doesn’t pose a threat to him.

Drake, along with J. Cole, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, and Mac Miller, was among the MCs called out by Kendrick.

So how did he react? “I went about my day, went and got dinner and kept it moving,” Drizzy told Billboard.

“I didn’t really have anything to say about it,” he continued. “It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”

He’s been focused on his own album Nothing Was the Same, which drops Sept. 24. The project is set to feature appearances from Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and 2 Chainz.

“There’s a lot less sort of ambient ballad moments on this album where I’m searching or longing for something,” he said of the follow-up to 2011’s Take Care. “That sentiment is gone. Now I’m just kind of like, ‘You know, I’m 26, I don’t know what the fuck else I could be doing better than this. I feel incredible about how I’m able to support my family and friends and how supportive my family and friends have been of me.’”

Drake will kick off his North American tour with Future and Miguel on Sept. 25 in Portland, OR.



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34 Comments

  1. anon

    classy

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    Abdullah Reply:

    @anon, exactly, best respond yet imo

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  2. ,.

    bumbolcate that,s what i am talking about.

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    @slickerthansly Reply:

    @,., bumbolcate???? quit trying.

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  3. Quinn

    Perfect response. Drake and J. Cole were the artists I preferred before I even knew who Kendrick Lamar was and that hasn’t changed one iota.

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    divinebrown Reply:

    @Quinn, likewise

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  4. daniel

    well said

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  5. jenn

    And that’s y you have him a whole spot on your last album… ok drake

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    K.I.N.G Reply:

    @jenn, that only shows he’s confident enough to give him an entire spot, someone who felt threatened wouldn’t have done that. not to slight cole but cole recruiting k dot for just a hook is an example of someone threatened

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    jenn Reply:

    @K.I.N.G, yeah I can agree with that… I love what Kendrick is doing tho, im rooting for him, excited to hear what’s next. I like drake and all I just cant get with these captain save a hoe song’s, I love riri but dude give us something better, just my opinion.

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    Morgan Reply:

    @K.I.N.G, Wrong. If you’d seen any of Cole’s interviews, he said numerous times there would be NO RAPPERS rapping on Born Sinner. Now, Truly Yours 3 is technically NOT Born Sinner and that’s the exception. And if J. Cole felt so threatened by Kendrick, he would not be doing a collaborative album with him. Do your research before making assumptions.

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  6. X

    I love this answer

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  7. channel_ROMAN

    DRIZZY!

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  8. Speechless

    Negro please. He prolly sat there and cried about it.

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    The Crowd Updater Reply:

    @Speechless, *DEAD* Yes, Drake needs to stop with this. Everybody on his dick saying “this was the best response.” Please, Pusha gave the best response RIGHT AFTER the shit came out “Heard you loud and clear my nigga.” BAM. All that needed to be said. He ain’t try to play dude by saying some Drake shit. You can tell his feelings were hurt “It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me.” Drake can’t even freestyle!!! He’s a Blackberry rapper and y’all know it. When Drake start murdering MC’s in a cypher or some shit and stop being an R&B rapper, then we’ll revisit that topic. #FOH

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  9. JHP

    About the best answer one could give really. Kendrick is one of my favorite artists right now, and he is the best lyricist of the new school by far right now. But Drake is a better overall artist to me. You really think Drake got emotional about “Control”? Hell no, and why would he? Nothing Was The Same is going to drop and sell at least 700k the first week I’d wager, and receive heaps of critical acclaim, press, along with shutting sh*t down on social media. All these rappers think they’re the best. Drake, Kendrick, Cole, Sean, Wale, Meek, etc. have all called themselves the best at one point, and that should be they’re attitude. Just like how every athlete thinks they’re the best, or guys always say can’t no one see them in video games. Hip-Hop thrives off competitiveness, that was the whole point of Control.

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  10. meme

    I like how drake but kendrick in his place. because honestly drake sitting comfortably at the top of hip hip. Kendrick however in the next album or two can easily top drake. But no one is seeing drake, I dont care how u put it.

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    richard Reply:

    @meme, shut up dick rider.

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  11. Jonathan

    This nigga Kendrick so damn overrated. Artistic metaphors my ass, please tell me what real bars, clever metaphors, and hardcore punchlines does this dude have? NON! He has annoying ad libs and he is just an artist you bop your head to, but as far as being an iconic rapper, Nah son that’s straight up bullshit. FOH

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  12. nikko

    good answer by him… buttttt kendrick is at your level Drake.. if you havent looked around and figured that out yet. lol When has any of drake’s albums been considered to be hip -hop classics… ill wait.

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    KT Reply:

    @nikko, PREACH.

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    True Dat Reply:

    @nikko, Preach… and I’m Atheist.

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  13. Jonathan

    This nigga Kendrick so damn overrated. Artistic metaphors my ass, please tell me what real bars, clever metaphors, and hardcore punchlines does this dude have? NON! He has annoying ad libs and he is just an artist you bop your head to, but as far as being an iconic rapper, Nah son that’s straight up bullshit. FOH. But to his defense, I think we as consumers or fans of this thing called Rap/Hip Hop has made muusic become dumbed down b/c we as fans are critically hypocritical! The reason being is b/c we want every one to be this hardcore lyrical genius and when they do the underground, hardcore thing and it doesn’t sell, then we criticize them. And so when they do commercialized hip hop or even step into the pop realm and they sell, we then proceed to call them a sellout or abandoned their roots. Hip Hop will never be what it was 20yrs ago, and 20yrs from now it won’t be what it is today. We as fans have to understand that atists are like clay, they go through molding and pressure, but in the end they harden and become solid or solidified. Hip Hop is a cultur that will never be fully understood but we embrace all types of paintings b/c every peice of clay plays a part in this ARTISTIC THING CALLED RAP!

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    jenn Reply:

    @Jonathan, listen to section 80 then talk, it shits on drakes whole cataloge… FOH LOL

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    Farrah Reply:

    @Jonathan, Well said!!

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  14. #RihannaNAVi

    I like both artists, but to me, Kendrick >> Drake.

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  15. MonkeyMan

    Most of you on this blog are idiots! This is exactly what Kendrick is talking about. Your hits dont matter. Of course Drake knows Kendrick got him shook.

    Drake ain’t on Kendrick’s level lyrically. And Drake can be comfortable on his commercial bubble but lyrically he ain’t matching Kendrick’s competition. That’s what the competition is about. Hiphop with substance!

    Most of you dumb idiots on couldn’t even comprehend Kendrick’s verse. Stupid Kids nowadays! SMH

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  17. richard

    If tbere were more rappers like kendrick today, there wouldn’t be a drake or an asap rocky to diss. Guys like those are litteraly shitting on rap while a bunch of kids watch their videos with fake rappers and stupid hoars who get paid more than the kids own mother. And all the cloth swag and joint smoking and heavy beat, covers up what is most important to rap. And once a guy like drake gets dissed, he doesn’t have the lyrics to respond to kendrick, so he just gets interviewed and says everything is ok

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  18. just saying

    I mean I have love for Drake and his emotional soft spot for strippers but Kendrick is by faaaar killing the rap game him and j.
    Cole is what rap needs. They bring it back to how rap is suppose to be their flow their lyrics their beats it’s amazing how they rap about some shit people can actually relate to. I’m sorry Drake but step your rap game up.

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  19. KayKay

    This response is rather arrogant which is exactly why Drake’s verses are becoming lazy- because he thinks he’s the shit. I think K-dot is murdering you!!!

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  20. Kimberly Joseph

    What rapper took a different approach in responding to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control”? …http://kendricklamarcontrolresponse.blogspot.com

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  21. Kimberly Joseph

    What rapper took a different approach in responding to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control”? …http://kendricklamarcontrol.blogspot.com

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  22. Fred

    Drake is hip hop best of it right now. Kendrick is rap best of that. A DIFFERENCE between the 2 artist

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