Joe Budden thinks that Drake and Kendrick Lamar want to go head-to-head on their next studio album releases to determine who is the best.
In the last decade, we saw two superstars emerge as some of the greatest artists to ever pick up a microphone: Drake and Kendrick Lamar. As it pertains to who reigns supreme of those two, that's still a very valid question in the eyes of hardcore hip-hop heads. They each present such a different view into how we perceive music as great but audiences are still torn on who is the best. On one of the latest Joe Budden Podcast episodes, the debate actually came into question, being discussed as a competitive battle that will potentially end this year after both of their respective releases.
The amount of Drake leaks that have been coming out both intentionally and unintentionally is astounding and points to one thing and one thing only: OVO SZN is coming. As for the TDE camp, they seem to be easing us into something as well, announcing the new media company helmed by Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free. According to Joe Budden, the timing of that announcement could have been to offset the hype that Drake is generating, re-starting their friendly beef.
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"I don't think that the Drake-Kendrick tension is dead," says Budden. "I do not think that, in my lifetime, I have seen the end of the stigma, not saying it really exists, but the perception that is Drake vs. Kendrick. I think that last decade, they fought as long as they could fight and the decade ended without us having a decisive winner and I don't think either of them have gotten off of that. Drake leaks have been leaking for months. When I say Kendrick has eyes, he sees that. [...] I think Kendrick is the only one that could and would say, 'I'm looking for that drop.'"
Are we in for a historic battle between Kendrick Lamar and Drake for 2020 rap supremacy? Listen below at the 37-minute mark.