Kendrick Lamar’s Drake diss track debuts at number one in the US | Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has won the culture-absorbing rap battle with Drake, at least as far as Billboard hits are concerned, as his diss track Not Like Us debuted at number one on the US Hot 100.

The scathing track, which claims the Canadian hitmaker is a “graduated pedophile,” is Lamar’s fourth No. 1 song, following appearances on Future and Metro Boomin’s Like That earlier this year, 2017’s Humble and his verse on Taylor Swift’s 2015 song Bad Blood.

Another one of his tracks in speed shooting, ever sharper beef rap featuring Drake, Euphoria, reached number three after debuting last week at 11. Family Matters, one of several Drake responses as the feud escalated over the past two weeks, is currently at number seven on the singles chart.

The chart win is the latest step for Lamar in a headline-grabbing feud that has escalated over the past month from a long-simmering tension between two of the world’s most famous artists to an all-out lyrical war engulfing other artists like Rick Ross and The Weeknd.

The ongoing controversy dates back to Lamar’s verse on Like That in late March and has produced a slew of diss tracks in quick succession – Euphoria, 6:16 in LA, Meet the Grahams and Not Like Us by Lamar and the Push Ups, Taylor Made Freestyle, Family Matter and The Heart Part 6 by Drake.

The beef has gotten increasingly personal over the past two weeks, with both artists taking aim at each other’s lifestyles and families. Drake, born Aubrey Graham, alleged that Lamar, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album Damn, physically abused his partner; Lamar alleged that Drake engaged in underage sex and hid a child from the public, marking a dramatic escalation of public hatred. “Say Drake, I hear you like ’em young / You better not have to go to Cell Block One,” he raps on Not Like Us, a single whose cover art depicts Drake’s Toronto mansion modified to look labeled as “registered sex offender” . The trail led Drake to publicly denied allegations of sexual contact with minors and has a secret daughter.

After that, the lyrical sparring also involves actual violence one of Drake’s bodyguards was shot and critically injured outside the rapper’s home in Toronto last Tuesday. A man was later arrested after an attempted break-in at Drake’s home in a separate incident, one of several break-ins.

It’s the second time the rap beef has launched a number one song this year, according to Billboard. In February, Megan Thee Stallion scored her first solo No. 1 with Hiss, part of a long-running feud with Nicki Minaj.

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