(AllHipHop News) When Drake recently announced that he and J. Cole were the “only two kings” in Hip Hop, some people took that as a slight toward another platinum selling rapper – Kendrick Lamar. Of course, Kendrick and Drake have a history of being both collaborators and competitors, but Drizzy made it clear during his OVO Fest performance that he sees K. Dot as rap royalty as well.
“I want to shout out my n***a Kendrick Lamar,” said Drake as he stood next to Cole on stage. “Kendrick was on my album. We went on tour together. That’s one of the hardest n***as alive right there. He’s legendary, so shout out to him. He should be standing right there. There’s a lot of kings in this sh*t.”
Kendrick was a featured guest on Drake’s Take Care album, rapping on the track “Buried Alive Interlude.” Drake was also on Kendrick’s “Poetic Justice.” The two Hip Hop stars appeared together on A$AP Rocky’s “F**kin’ Problems” as well.
The media and the public began to question if there was tension between Drake and Kendrick after the TDE rhymer mentioned the YMCMB performer on his “Control” verse and hit him with a subliminal during his BET cypher performance. Drizzy then threw a few perceived shots back at K. Dot.
Drake has also praised Kendrick since the release of “Control.” He called Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city LP the last great concept album.
Watch video of Drake addressing Kendrick Lamar below.