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Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer, Drake texts minors; the winner is clear. (Op-Ed)

Drake found himself in the center of an apparent feud last week with Pulitzer winner Kendrick Lamar. On Future and Metro Boomin’s new album, We Don’t Trust You: Kendrick Lamar took an apparent dig at him on “Like That,” rapping, “Motherf*** the big three, n****, it’s just big me.” The line is seemingly a reference to a J. Cole lyric from his and Drake’s “First Person Shooter,” in which he refers to himself, Drake, and Lamar as rap’s “big three.” Mid-way through his verse, Lamar raps, “F*** sneak dissin’, first-person shooter, I hope they came with three switches.” The song is a major success, ending with 25.62 million streams in its first three days of release.

Late Thursday evening, Drake took to Instagram, posting several photos captioned with “They rather go to war with me than admit they are their own worst enemy [crying laughing emoji].” Drake’s father, Dennis Graham, came to his son’s defense in a now-deleted Instagram post, writing  “Yo, I am about to drop some new music, and I am not sure if it’s going to sell, but I am going to call some of my homies and get them to start a beef with Drake and get them to unfollow him, and that’s going make my shit shoot up to number 1. I’m sure this is going to work, so let me get some people on board for this and watch what kind of attention this gets!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL BE NUMBER ONE 1Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

I truly don’t feel that there is any question of who will be winning this feud. Kendrick Lamar was the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer. The Pulitzer Prize in Music went to Lamar’s album DAMN., an honor that no other rapper can boast. Lamar is a lyrical genius, able to weave narratives into his music and create sonically diverse and genre-bending backing tracks.  Drake, on the other hand, texts minors.

Millie Bobby Brown, 15 at the time, revealed that a 32-year-old Drake had been texting her about boys and relationship advice. It is never appropriate for an adult to talk to a minor about romance, sex, or anything of that nature. He sent her concerning messages like “I miss you.”

Billie Eilish, 17 at the time, told Vanity Fair “Drake is like the nicest dude I’ve ever spoken to. I mean I’ve only like texted him, but he’s so nice. Like, he does not need to be nice. You know what I mean? He’s at a level of his life where he doesn’t need to be nice, but he is. You know?”

No. No, I don’t know.

Not only is Drake getting his father to come to his defense on social media like a toddler and texting minors about inappropriate topics, but he’s just downright goofy. Drake doesn’t possess an ounce of lyrical finesse like Kendrick Lamar.


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