As part of their annual “Man Of The Year” issue, GQ Magazine named Kendrick Lamar “Rapper Of The Year” in this month’s issue. As part of the feature, Kendrick was interviewed shortly after MTV’s Video Music Awards following an encounter with Drake. The interview took place during an edgy time immediately after the events of his “Control” verse dropping amidst possible tensions between Drake and the Compton rapper. According to Complex, Kendrick was asked by GQ if he was still cool with the Toronto MC.
“Pretty cool,” Kendrick said to GQ but added: “I mean, I would be okay if we weren’t.”
Shortly after Drake and Kendrick’s encounter at the VMAs, Drake gave several interviews that seemed to indicate that he was not impressed by Kendrick’s much-talked-about verse on “Control.” In an interview with Billboard, Drake said of the verse: ”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.”
In GQ‘s interview, Kendrick also explained his decision to attend Diddy’s VMA afterparty, an event where J. Cole and Diddy reportedly got into a confrontation over Kendrick’s “Control” verse.
“I only go when there’s a point.” Kendrick said. ”Usually the point is just niggas drinking. But walking through the club the week after I released the ‘Control’ verse? That’s a point!”
GQ‘s “Man Of The Year” issue is available in newsstands now.