DeMar DeRozan Addresses Cameo In Kendrick Lamar's "Not Like Us" Video

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 15: DeMar DeRozan attends the Gervonta "Tank" Davis vs Frank Martin fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 15, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)
DeMar breaks his silence.

DeMar DeRozan is team Kendrick Lamar. It was clear from the moment he appeared on stage during Lamar's "Pop Out" show. He danced alongside Russell Westbrook while Lamar performed the ubiquitous "Not Like Us" five times in a row. If DeRozan's allegiance wasn't clear enough, he appeared in the music video for the song as well. He sided with his Compton brethren, which didn't take much explaining. That being said, the NBA superstar shed light on his decision during a recent interview.

DeMar DeRozan went on FOX 40 Sports to discuss his involvement in the music video. He made it clear that he has nothing against Drake, but he was always going to align with K. Dot when it came time for a battle. "Love Drake, always can play him," he told the reporter. When it came to Kendrick Lamar, though, there was a different level of loyalty. "Kendrick been a friend of mine. Damn near family," DeRozan stated. "We both from the same city. Grew up damn near in the same neighborhood, it's always been there."

DeMar DeRozan Considers Kendrick Lamar To Be Family

DeRozan also conceded that the closeness of his friendship with Lamar may not have been common knowledge prior to the battle. "It hasn't always been publicized," he noted. "But that's basically family." DeMar DeRozan occupies an even more interesting role in the Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar battle than it initially seems. He was drafted by the Toronto Raptors and spent a decade playing for the team that Drake is a global ambassador for. The All-Star even appeared in comedy sketch with Drake (and Will Ferrell) during the 2016 ESPYS.

The Toronto connection, coupled with the Compton origins, made DeMar DeRozan a prime point of reference for Kendrick Lamar during the battle. Consequently, the rapper mentions DeRozan on the second verse of "Not Like Us." "I'm glad DeRoz' came home, y'all didn't deserve him neither," K. Dot raps. "From Alondra down to Central, n**ga better not speak on Serena." While it's hard to imagine a friendship between Drake and DeRozan anytime soon, at least the latter showed love during his interview.

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Elias is a music writer at HotNewHipHop. He joined the site in 2024, and covers a wide range of topics, including pop culture, film, sports, and of course, hip-hop. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Friday, especially when it comes to the coverage of new albums and singles. His favorite artists are Andre 3000, MF Doom, pre-808s Kanye West and Tyler, The Creator. He loves L.A. hip-hop but not L.A. sports teams. The first album he ever bought was Big Willie Style by Will Smith, which he maintains is still a pretty good listen.