Metro Boomin Hinted At Kendrick Lamar Diss & Drake & J. Cole Beef With Tweet Pre-"WE DON'T TRUST YOU," Fans Think

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Metro Boomin at Variety Hitmakers, Presented By Sony Audio held at Nya West on December 2, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by River Callaway/Billboard via Getty Images)
Now that fans have had a couple of days to dissect "Like That," they're looking back at the signs that pointed to this huge moment.

Metro Boomin and Future's collaborative album WE DON'T TRUST YOU sent hip-hop fans into a frenzy for its quality and for its confrontational stance. Moreover, Kendrick Lamar's feature on "Like That" shaded Drake and J. Cole, proclaiming himself to be the only top dog in what he think is a falsely crowned "Big Three." Of course, given Metro and Drizzy's previous tensions plus some new theories that Fewtch is also beefing with OVO, this seems to have prompted a civil war of sorts in the rap game, one that we haven't seen at this level of visibility and artistry in a long time. But with a couple of days of analysis in the rearview, fans are looking at old tweets and realizing the road here seems to have been paved all along.

"once you pick a side stay there.. #WEDONTTRUSTYOU," Metro Boomin had tweeted on Thursday night (March 21), just 18 minutes before WE DON'T TRUST YOU dropped. Furthermore, fans have also unearthed plenty of old verses, interview clips, social media posts, and other instances and interactions that could inform this current state. However, since no one involved has either directly or indirectly addressed any of this, it's a tough call to make. Even without this explicit confirmation, though, the narrative is already there, and it's now on these artists to define how they will proceed.

Metro Boomin's Previous Tweet About "Picking A Side" Makes Way More Sense Now

In addition, some new clips and unearthed footage suggests that this supposed hip-hop war goes much deeper than those targeted on "Like That" or its creators. After Travis Scott popped out at Future and Metro Boomin's Rolling Loud L.A. set, fans found footage of La Flame asking the duo to play the diss against Drake and J. Cole. While this doesn't really confirm anything, a lot of social media users assume that Travis has his own issues with either MC. Still, considering that "MELTDOWN" arrived not even a year ago, it would be huge if something went down between him and the 6ix God in that short span of time.

Meanwhile, the "I Serve The Base" team hinted at this rift, but they also definitely predicted that they would hit it big with WE DON'T TRUST YOU. From what the album's promising first week sales projections indicate, it seems like they would be right in this assessment. After all, the sad reality is that nothing brings clicks quite like conflict, especially amid the highest echelon of the genre. Nevertheless, we'll see if any other developments paint other past statements or actions in a different context, and we'll still be bumping this album to unearth more of its craft and creativity. On that note, stick around on HNHH for the latest news and more updates on Metro Boomin and all these artists.

About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.