Kendrick Lamar may find joy in firing shots at his rival Drake, but the Canadian rapper says he doesn’t even view the Compton emcee as competition worthy of engagement. In a new issue of VIBE magazine, Drake reveals that the only person in his lane musically is the almighty, Kanye “Yeezus” West.
“He’s, like, the best,” Drake gushed when talking about Ye. “What an era to be a part of. I wouldn’t want my competition to be anybody else. My competition is nobody else, by the way. It’s just me and ‘Ye. I still have work to do but that’s what it is right now.”
As for Kendrick, Drake maintains there are no hard feelings towards his “Poetic Justice” collaborator despite Kendrick’s repeated attempts to bait him into a rap battle. “There’s no real issue. It’s tough because the people wanna see us tear each other down; I don’t wanna give them that. There’s no point. I have no ill feelings toward that guy. It’s just like, it’s there for me if I wanna fall for it. I’m just too smart for that.”
Earlier this year, Mr. Lamar made waves when he called out Drake and just about every other relevant rapper on Big Sean’s “Control,” urging them to up their lyrics game. Drake took exception to being called out and let his feelings be known in several radio interviews. That led to Kendrick firing additional shots during the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
“Hopefully it’s the last time I gotta talk about this, ’cause every time I open my mouth up about it, they take this piece and take this piece. And he’s hungry, so he’s going to do what he has to do like the BET [cypher]. But again, it’s not enough for me to go. We haven’t seen each other [since the BET cypher,] but I’m sure we’ll see each other and it’ll be cool. And if it’s not, then I guess that’s how our story unfolds.”
To read Drake’s full interview, click here.