The feud between Drake and Kendrick Lamar has always created a buzz in the world of hip-hop. The rap icons have been trading lyrical barbs for quite some time now, but Drake’s jabs at Lamar’s personal life and his fiancée, Whitney Alford, have raised the stakes.

The feud between the two rappers has been there for years, with disses dating back to the early 2010s. However, it was not until October 2023 that the tensions truly boiled over, with Drake and Kendrick exchanging a series of diss tracks that truly showed their animosity towards one another.

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar at Øyafestivalen 2013 | Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Jørund Føreland Pedersen

While diss tracks have long been a staple of hip-hop culture, the personal nature of Drake’s attacks on Lamar shows the personal nature of their feud. However, even after Drake’s insults, Lamar seemed unbothered.

Drake’s Insults and Kendrick Lamar’s Response

A still from Drake’s FAMILY MATTERS | via Drake YouTube

The feud between Drake and Kendrick Lamar boiled once again, when the two rappers began exchanging diss tracks. Lamar fired the first shots with “Euphoria” and “6:16 in LA,” in which he took aim at Drake’s biracial background, fashion choices, and alleged infidelities.

Drake recently responded in April 2024 with “Push Ups” and “Taylor Made Freestyle” in which he talked about Lamar’s height, his businesses, his verses for Maroon 5, and the rapper relying on Taylor Swift for his career boost. Moreover, Drake seemingly alleged that Alford had cheated on Lamar.

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This forced Lamar to warn Drake with his track “Euphoria,” where he questions Drake’s biracial status and implies he shouldn’t be able to say the n-word. He also questioned Drake’s character as a parent and called him a “scam artist“. Replying to Drake’s personal insults, Lamar warned him with verses like-

“Talk about me and my family, crodie? .. Someone gon’ bleed in your family, crodie.”

However, Drake took the feud to a new level with his latest diss track, “Family Matters,” where he made several remarks about Alford and her relationship with Lamar. In one particularly low blow, Drake alleges that one of Lamar’s children might not even be his-

“Your baby mama captions always screamin, ‘Save me’ ..You did her dirty all her life, you tryna make peace .. I heard that one of them little kids might be Dave Free .. Don’t make it dave freeze.”

While Drake’s insults towards Alford were hurtful for Lamar, they stand in contrast to the way he has consistently spoken about his fiancée throughout his career.

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Kendrick Lamar’s Unwavering Appreciation for Whitney Alford

Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford with kids
Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford with kids | via Whitney Alford’s Instagram

From the very beginning, Lamar has been open about the pivotal role Whitney Alford has played in his life and musical journey. In an interview with New York Times Magazine, Lamar was asked who in his life had the power to call him out, to which he immediately responded, “One particular young lady. She’s been here since Day 1.”

Lamar’s music also serves as a testament to his love and appreciation for Alford. On his 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Alford provided backup vocals, and her voice has been featured on many of Lamar’s further projects.

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In interviews, Lamar has spoken admiringly about Alford, describing her as an encouraging force in his life. In a 2015 interview with Billboard, he said, “I wouldn’t even call her my girl. That’s my best friend. I don’t even like the term that society has put in the world as far as being a companion — she’s somebody I can tell my fears to.”

This sentiment has always been present, with K-Dot repeatedly referring to Alford as the person he can share his deepest fears with. While the rap feud continues to escalate, Lamar’s appreciation and respect for his partner will serve as a testament to his love and loyalty.

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