Kendrick Lamar had everybody talking again this week. It has been a little less than two months since Kendrick Lamar shocked the hip-hop world with his brash declarations of supremacy in his verse on Big Sean’s “Control” and the effects of the song are still being felt in hip-hop. On Thursday, Kendrick shocked the world, again when a 15-second snippet of an upcoming BET Cypher appearance seemed to indicate that he was dissing Drake. After the hip-hop world braced for an inevitable clash between the young titans, rumors began to spread that Drake was not the intended target of Kendrick’s disses but rather Brooklyn rapper Papoose. Regardless, it was exciting to see rappers involved in some actual competition, for once.
In other stories this week, Lauryn Hill and Young Buck were released from prison, Action Bronson has a meltdown on Twitter, DJ Quik is mad at Andre 3000 and Drake lands at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
These are the hip-hop headlines of the week.
Early Thursday morning, a 15-second snippet leaked from Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming BET Cypher freestyle at this month’s BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. At the time, it was reported that Kendrick’s freestyle was directed at Drake and that his Cypher appearance would serve as “Control, Pt. 2.”
By the afternoon of Thursday, rumors started to circulate on the internet that the leaked Kendrick verse was not actually directed at Drake but rather at Kendrick’s other rival, Brooklyn rapper Papoose.
XXL spoke with Papoose about his thoughts on the leaked snippet and if he plans to respond to Kendrick’s perceived diss.
After a three month prison stint, Lauryn Hill was released from prison on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, L-Boogie released a new single, “Consumerism,” onto the internet.
Earlier in the week, a Toronto-based music writer accused Action Bronson of fondling a female fan on stage during a concert in Toronto. Action Bronson took to Twitter to angrily respond to the writer’s accusations.
Although he might not be the target of Kendrick’s wrath, Drake had a huge week for himself anyway. Drizzy sold 658,000 copies of his new album, Nothing Was The Same, in the first-week of its release and landing at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
West coast rap legend DJ Quik took to Twitter to cryptically tweet about AIDS rumors that Andre 3000 supposedly spread about him.
After serving an 18-month sentence on weapons charges, Young Buck was released from prison on Tuesday.