“Summer Sixteen” Started The Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar Debate All Over Again
Drake owned yet another Saturday night (Jan. 30) with the release of his latest single “Summer Sixteen.” Placing a host of adversaries in his crosshairs, Drizzy was “playin’ dirty, not clean,” firing off bars seemingly aimed at Meek Mill, Jay Z and Kanye West. But one stray was sent to an unlikely recipient: President Barack Obama. Sending a direct message to the Commander-in-Chief, the OVO head honcho warned, “Tell Obama that my verses are just like the whips that he in, they bulletproof.” But why aim at the prez?
It looks as though Drake might have taken offense to Obama’s rap music preferences. During an interview with YouTuber Adande Thorne earlier this month, POTUS was asked for his pick in a rhetorical battle between Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Obama went with the latter.
“Gotta go with Kendrick,” he simply said. “I think Drake is an outstanding entertainer, but Kendrick — his lyrics, his last album was outstanding. Best album, I think, of last year.”
Naturally, as what usually happens on the Internet, the masses put the pieces together and formed their own opinions. While some saw Drake’s aim at the President as a boss move, others chimed in to inquire why no direct shots were sent K. Dot’s way. This reignited a debate that has been going on since the conception of their respective careers; Kendrick Lamar even became a trending topic on Twitter.
Here’s a look at what a few folks had to say:
Drake gave Obama some bars. nobody is safe bro.
— Pauly J™ (@Well__Done_) January 31, 2016
Obama said he like Kendrick more than Drake and Drake sent a shot at The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES before Kendrick. That’s wild. — #Pray4CO (@RealLifeKaz) January 30, 2016
Nobody wants that Kendrick problem.
— #Pray4CO (@RealLifeKaz) January 30, 2016
Anyone who thinks that Drake can keep up with Kendrick Lamar bar for bar deserves to go deaf — Truth (@ImHatedByAll) January 31, 2016
Kendrick Lamar will be better than Drake the day y’all start bringing him up when Drake isn’t the topic
— Drew Hefner (@VersaceSilk) January 31, 2016
Drake dissed Obama instead of Kendrick. At least he knows his place lol — Miami Wade County (@RawanZebib) January 31, 2016
Drake responded to Meek and Obama but won’t respond to Pusha T or Kendrick lol Drake know what them bars gon do.
— Leonardo (@KingMiller_) January 30, 2016
Kendrick is for the culture. Drake is for the money and fame. — #BlackPanters2016 (@_High_Ku) January 31, 2016
Drake better stay clear of Kendrick. If he loves his career.
— ◆◆||#1,045||◆◆ (@PrXOdigy) January 31, 2016
Meanwhile Kendrick is nominated for 11 Grammys and we’re still waiting for Drake to drop a certified classic. — E. 18th & Park Ave. (@ADiaz456) January 31, 2016
Drake is a better R&B artist than he is a rapper. Don’t compare him to Kendrick compare him to Byrson Tiller and the Weeknd
— Truth (@ImHatedByAll) January 31, 2016
Drake – Summer sixteen . Drake just killed the whole hip hop crew I don’t think Kendrick can touch him now — Chad Duo (@Chad_A5) January 31, 2016
Drake coming at anyone and everyone on Summer Sixteen except Kendrick pic.twitter.com/Z8as4mBnLR
— Marko Orlic (@marko_orlic) January 31, 2016
But we’re never gonna get Drake vs Kendrick Just like we never got a Kobe-Bron Finals or Manny vs Floyd. There are no typos in this tweet. — Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) January 31, 2016
What say you? Duke it out below.