So while Drake is publicly stating in his recent interview with VIBE that “Kanye is my ONLY competition”, he’s also making sure to not that there’s no real beef between the two young emcees.
Drake explained to Vibe that he doesn’t really have any feelings towards Kendrick Lamar one way or the other, despite K-Dot calling him out on Big Sean’s “Control.”
Many felt that Drizzy’s verses on Future’s “Sh!t (Remix)” and Drake’s “The Language” contained personal jabs at Lamar. Regardless if there is personal beef or not, it’s not to see a good old fashioned rap battle every now and then, especially between hip hop’s two top contenders. Drake stated.
“I don’t ever want to get into responses. It’s a commitment to go there. “The Language” is just energy. What it was inspired by, I’m sure that, and other things. It’s just me talking my sh*t. I never once felt the need to respond to that record. The 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, we’ll be buddy-buddy? Mind you, I never once said he’s a bad guy [or] I don’t like him. I think he’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 I’m being baited and I’m not gonna fall. Jordan doesn’t have to play pickup to prove that he could play ball, no offense. But I’m not gonna give you the chance to shake me necessarily, ’cause I feel great.
“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. 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.”