LOS ANGELES. — Who won the Drake/Kendrick Lamar feud?

Music journalist Alphonse Pierre, writing in Pitchfork said: 

“You have to consider the women who are the ones who have really suffered, who don’t have the agency to speak for themselves.

“Drake and Kendrick are not thinking about that at all. To them, this is all just material for jokes and trolling.”

Some have said Lamar has forced Drake to up his lyrical game, while others have commended the duo for providing an all-time moment in rap history.

“All in all, Kendrick won this battle,” Patterson Joseph “JP” Patterson, editor-in-chief of Complex UK and founder of TRENCH magazine, told the BBC.

“Both dragged each other to hell with their lyrical jabs, but it’s undeniable who came out on top. 

“Drake will remain the superstar rapper that he is – this definitely won’t stop his motion – but he’ll need to be secure enough to take all the jokes and banter for losing for the rest of his career. Rap music wins, yet again.”

Itseli agrees:

“This will be remembered as one of the biggest rap beefs of the past few decades. It was about culture.

“Kendrick caring about and preserving the essence of hip-hop against someone he feels doesn’t represent it.

“For rap fans, it has confirmed a lot of what they thought about Drake – that he plays a role; he’s just a character that shifts to whichever music trends are popular at any time.”

Rap commentators such as DJ Akademiks and Gillie The Kid have sided with Drake, calling him the winner.

 “The rules of battle were changed for Kendrick,” DJ Akademiks told the Flagrant Podcast.

“Drake was called scared for taking two weeks to respond to Like That, but when Kendrick takes two weeks to respond to Drake, everyone says he needs time.

“The majority of this battle has been Kendrick Lamar saying, ‘I’m going to pick you apart as a man.’ But if what he’s said is complete lies, it takes away from what he’s saying.”

Whoever you think came out on top, one thing is certain.

The beef has entertained the entire world, enhancing the legacies of two generational rap artists. — BBC.

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