Kendrick Lamar Live Debuts Drake Disses in Juneteenth Beatdown

The Fabulous Forum has seen plenty of battles in its 56 years.

Muhammad Ali vs Ken Norton in 1973.

Lakers vs Celtics in the NBA Finals, 1968, 69, '84, '85, and '87.

And last night it saw Kendrick Lamar destroy Drake in a Juneteenth performance deemed legendary before it was even over.

Kendrick Lamar was already having a memorable spring thanks to the feud between himself and the Canadian actor-turned-rapper.

Since late March, a flurry of diss singles have been lobbied between the pair resulting in a universally acknowledged belief that Compton-raised 17x Grammy winner with a Pulitzer destroyed Aubrey Drake Graham.

The cherry (bomb) on top was last night's effortlessly brutal concert.

Over the five tracks Kendrick unleashed on Drake, no topic no matter how petty or detailed or outrageous was left in the chamber.

Kdot went after Drake's family, his children, his sexuality, his future, his past, and even accused the popular performer of being a pedophile, all in surgically creative ways.

Spectacularly, in his final volley, "Not Like Us," which debuted at #1 last month and became a Black anthem over night; Lamar claimed to have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 more Drake diss tracks waiting in the chamber.

A threat like that from anyone else would seem merely braggadocios. But Kendrick is obsessed. Drake has become his foil and muse all in one.

What's wild is "Not Like Us," the signature song of the nine-track public tête-à-tête, is a catchy ear-worm masterpiece created in just hours, not days.

DJ Mustard, who crafted the beat, said it only took him 30 minutes to create; and Kendrick wrote, recorded, published, and even sourced scandalous album art (of Drake's $100 million home with symbols insinuating 13 sex offenders live inside the 50,000 square foot mansion) in less than 24 hours after Drake's "Family Matters" dropped.

Kendrick chillingly references lines in the day-old "Family Matters" in "Not Like Us," harkening back to the early days of hip-hop when dueling MCs would trade freestyle disses back-and-forth on the corner or in the club.

The faster you could reply to an earlier slam from your opponent, piggybacking on a line, the more superior you are.

Astoundingly, it came out a mere day after his own fourth attack, "Meet the Grahams," was still trending on Twitter.

It was an unnecessary but awe-inspiring one-two punch never seen before.

Here's a reminder of what went down before this gig.

The Drake vs Kendrick Disscography

3/26: Metro Boomin - "Like That" (featuring Kendrick)
4/19: Drake - "Push Ups"
4/19 Drake - "Taylor Made Freestyle"
4/30 Kendrick - "euphoria"
5/3 Kendrick - "6:16 in LA"
5/3 Drake - "Family Matters"
5/3 Kendrick - "Meet the Grahams"
5/4 Kendrick - "Not Like Us"
5/5 Drake - "The Heart Part 6"

The cover is a photo of Drake's $100 million home in Canada nicknamed "The Embassy"

The official YouTube of the "Not Like Us" audio (which initially was the only way to hear it), has 87 million views in the six weeks since it dropped.

That's 34 million more than Drake's two diss videos "Family Matters" and "The Heart Part 6," combined.

It is the song of the summer. It is a new West Coast anthem. It's even being played in baseball and basketball arenas during games and as bumpers leading into commercial breaks.

It thoroughly replaced Ice Cube's "No Vaseline" as rap's most ruthless battle rap.

Watching keen-eared hip-hop fans react when they first heard it is a vision of its own.

Watching the 18,000 at the Forum react to its live debut where Kendrick played it 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 times was also a sight that was streamed to millions of homes via Amazon Prime.

The concert was called The Pop Out, after the line in "Not Like Us" that says, "Sometimes you gotta pop out and show [n-word]s."

What a show. When people drive down Manchester and Prairie they're going to point at the Forum say, "that's where Drake was annihilated and buried and then children danced on his grave."

The Forum crowd was on its feet singing to every word.

One of the N.W.A targets of the aforementioned "No Vaseline" was Dr. Dre, who in the song Cube said should "stick to producing."

Dre's debut as a rapper, The Chronic came out the following year, featuring his newest discovery, one Snoop "Doggy" Dogg. No big deal.

Exactly 20 years later, Dre native discovered Kendrick and produced his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city which was nominated for four Grammys including Best Rap album which ended up getting presented to Macklemore - who apologized for the "robbery" via text.

So who better to give love to during a murder, than his fellow Compton legend. Together the pair performed "Still D.R.E." and "California Love," two cuts he performed the last time he was in Inglewood with Kendrick (and others) performing at the Super Bowl across the street at SoFi.

"California Love" had an additional layer of importance as it led into the live debut of "Not Like Us." The sweet jam about the "wild, wild west" that gives a shout out to Inglewood for always being "up to no good," was one of 2Pac's biggest hits when he collabed with Dre, but Pac is referenced several times in "Not Like Us."

Kdot mentions him because Drake used an AI version of the fallen west coast rapper's voice in April's "Taylor Made Freestyle."

So there was Kendrick in a red hoodie, red ball cap, white cross, blue jeans, and a white shirt nearly identically to the fit Shakur wore at the first Source Awards two months and 30 years ago when he gave a blistering performance of "Out on Bail."

After "California Love" concluded and Dre was leaving the sparse stage, Kendrick asked him if he had anything else to say, "before we continue to party?"

The billionaire producer strutted back towards the center of the stage and said, "I'm gonna need a moment of silence for this one."

The good doctor bent over and said, "psssssst I see dead people." Which of course is the opening of "Not Like Us."

For the next half hour as it was repeatedly performed, a parade of dancers, NBA stars, rappers, radio legends, and dancers including a very talented child, joined the 39 year-old in a victory lap.

Also on stage, gang members from several rival sets who were unified during the gig to show LA allegiance against Champagne Papi.

“Let the world see this,” Lamar said as dozens of the guest gathered around him to pose for a photo on the set of the second-best Juneteenth celebration in history.

“For all of us to be on this stage together, unity, from East side ... LA, Crips, Bloods, Piru — this shit is special, man. We put this shit together just for ya’ll," he said.

And somewhere in a mansion far from that stage, a voice probably whispered, "damn."

Neither Drake nor Kendrick have any shows on their schedule. Odds are it'll be news when they're announced.

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