Kendrick Lamar Diss Track “Not Like Us” Scores All-Time Spotify Streaming Record

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Kendrick Lamar is winning his rap beef vs. Drake based on numbers alone—the beef has captivated the internet over the weekend. Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” dropped on May 4 and already the song has broken the single-day American streaming record on Spotify with more than 6.59 million streams. He dethrones Drake’s “Girls Want Girls” 2021 collab with Lil Baby.

Following the release of Metro Boomin and Future’s “Like That,” which kicked off the beef, Drake followed with “Push Ups” and “Taylor Made”—the latter featuring AI-generated voices of Tupac and Snoop Dogg. Tupac’s estate sent a cease and desist to Drake over that one. Here’s a quick timeline catch up on this generational beef.

Future, Metro Boomin, and Kendrick Lamar dropped “Like That” on March 22, with Lamar dismissing J. Cole’s notion that he, Drake, and Lamar are rap’s big league. “Love when they argue the hardest MC / Is it K-Dot? Is it Aubrey? Or me? / We the big three like we started a league, but right now, I feel like Muhammad Ali,” J. Cole rapped. Lamar answered that with “Motherf*ck the big three, n*gga, it’s just big me.”

Drake fired back at Lamar on the track “Push Ups,” on April 13, which features the lyrics, “You ain’t in no Big Three, SZA got you wiped down, Travis got you wiped down, Savage got you wiped down / Like your label, boy, you in a scope right now / And you gon’ feel the aftermath of what I write down / I’m at the top of the mountain, so you tight now / Just to have this talk with yo’ ass, I had to hike down.” Drake also throws shade at Rick Ross, who dropped a diss track of his own.

When Drake seemingly didn’t get a response from Kendrick Lamar, he dropped the “Taylor Made Freestyle” on Instagram on April 19 to goad the rapper into a response. The track features AI-generated voices of Tupac Shakur goading Kendrick into responding—but the track has been removed after legal threats from the Tupac estate.

Kendrick Lamar finally responded on April 30, dropping a track titled “Euphoria,” where Kendrick lambasts Drake’s rap ability, his parenting, and accuses Drake of having plastic surgery. On May 3, Kendrick dropped 6:16 in LA, delivering on Kendrick’s promise to go ‘back to back.’ The track was produced by Jack Antonoff—a frequent Taylor Swift collaborator.

Drake responded to the track with “Family Matters,” also dropped on May 3. The track goes hard on Lamar, suggesting his son is not his and that his fiancée may experience abuse at Lamar’s hands. “When you put your hands on your girl, is it self-defense ‘cause she’s bigger than you?” He also compares Lamar to Bobby Brown, “On some Bobby shit, I wanna know what Whitney need,” Drake raps.

Lamar follows that up with “Meet the Grahams,” which dropped just hours later on May 4. The song continues the theme of going after each others families. In the track, Lamar apologizes to Drake’s son Adonis for his father, and insinuates that Drake has a secret daughter.

Not even 24 hours after “Meet the Grahams” dropped, Lamar drops “Not Like Us” that contains explosive accusations against Drake. Lyrics include “Certified Lover Boy, certified pedophiles” and “Say Drake I hear you like ‘em young / You better not ever go to cell block one,” and the clutch line, “Tryna strike a chord and it’s probably A-minor.”

After those explosive allegations, Drake drops “The Heart Part 6,” a play on Lamar’s long-running The Heart series. Drake alleges that the hidden daughter rumor was started by his own team in order to get Kendrick to take the bait. “You gotta learn to fact check things and be less impatient,” Drake raps.