Kendrick Lamar Diss Track Reaction Videos Subject To Copyright Claims After All

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Kendrick Lamar at Life Is Beautiful 2023 on September 23, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Billboard via Getty Images)
YouTubers are now claiming copyright strikes are coming in.

Kendrick Lamar and Drake's beef was the talk of the rap for for over a month. From the weeks long waits between the first fee tracks to the remining being lit off in rapid fire succession, everyone in the rap world was on the edge of their seat waiting to dissect the latest developments. That includes YouTube channels posting their reactions to the songs as they were released. Diss tracks are particularly good for that medium as the fan interest is high and the ability to go through the song one lyric at a time breaking it down works perfectly.

It was initially reported that YouTubers would be able to keep the money they made from the reaction videos. Multiple YouTubers shared that they would be able to keep the revenue from their reaction videos while the beef was still going on. But now, conflicting reports are coming out about the videos copyright eligibility. In a post shared by djakademikstv a twitter user asks rapper and YouTuber Scru Face Jean if the Kendrick diss track videos are being copyright claimed. He confirms that it is true that the videos have been hit with copyright strikes and the revenue made off of them claimed. Check out the interaction and some of the fan reactions to it below.

Nearly every song from the beef has gone on to have major commercial success. "Like That" led the way debuting at the top spot on the Hot 100 and spending three weeks there. That success could eventually be dwarfed by "Not Like Us. " That song also debuted at the top spot on the singles chart. The track is still hovering in the top five of the Hot 100. It's been billed by many as one of the potential songs of the summer.

What do you think of Kendrick Lamar's diss track reaction videos being hit with copyright strikes? Do you think Kendrick himself had anything to do with the choice over whether or not to monetize them? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.
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