7:45am PT by Kevin Rutherford, Billboard
Kendrick Lamar Throws Down on Drake, Basically Everyone Else in BET Cypher (Video)
Ever since a preview clip of his verse at the BET Hip-Hop Awards surfaced earlier this month, perhaps the most anticipated part of the ceremony has been Kendrick Lamar's cypher in which he purportedly calls out Drake.
Now that the full cypher has aired, it's clear Lamar pulled no punches in his verse.
"Nothing's been the same since they dropped 'Control'/ And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes," the Compton rapper spat. "Your shit never penetrates/ Pin the tail on the donkey, boy you been a fake."
In the full two-minute cypher (part of a larger segment with Top Dawg Entertainment), Kendrick established his dominance over the rest of the pack. "I'm the master that masturbated on your favorite emcee," he rapped shortly after the beginning of his verse after cheers were heard from the ceremony's crowd.
Other choice lines: "I got my thumb on hip-hop/ And my foot in the back of your ass," "I spilled blood on my apron cooking this up" and "Hold up, wait a minute/ Your career ain't shit unless you got some Kendrick in it," the latter of which elicited more cheers from the crowd, before ending the cypher by crowning himself "King Kendrick."
Lamar's supposed Drake diss comes following his verse on Big Sean's "Control," earlier this year, on which the rapper name-dropped Drake in a long list of emcees for whom he says he has love but is "tryin' to murder."
Kendrick was just one of many rappers participating in the BET Cyphers this year, including ScHoolboy Q and the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment, A$AP Mob, Slaughterhouse and more.