DJ Akademiks Claims Kendrick Lamar’s Camp Told Him About Stream Botters

A lot of ink, stream time, and podcasting hours have been dedicated to stream botting accusations against both Kendrick Lamar and Drake amid their beef and diss track exchanges. Moreover, DJ Akademiks is one of the main people pushing this narrative against the Compton lyricist, although he stands by his sources. In fact, he recently claimed that K.Dot’s own camp was the one who came forward with these accusations, or at least, that Ak found this connection through that group. Of course, this is all highly speculative and largely unconfirmed in a truly verifiable manner, but there are deeper things to address.

For one, no accusations of stream botting can be attributed directly to Kendrick Lamar or Drake at press time. It’s the Internet: pretty much every engagement opportunity will fall victim to at least some fake streams or overzealous Twitter bots. But it’s impossible to pin these on either artist, and the more likely scenario is that this is the result of obsessive fans trying to send their GOAT to the top. Whether or not we ever get a final word on this debate, it’s clear that it’s an un-winnable battle either way.

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DJ Akademiks Speaks On Kendrick Lamar Stream Bot Accusations

Furthermore, a lot of folks think that the battle is already over no matter what, and don’t really care about stream bots either way. After all, Kendrick Lamar will drop his “Not Like Us” music video soon, and Drake will deliver a few summer bops on Camila Cabello’s upcoming album. Both MCs will likely move on to their next endeavors after this while fans continue to debate and fight. But the warring Stanbases are fighting for their own dignity, pride, and credibility, and are no longer fighting for their leaders.

Meanwhile, these next moves from two of “The Big Three” should be very exciting nonetheless, and we’re ready to speak on them outside of the beef’s context. Kendrick Lamar and Drake are two generational titans that, stream bots or not, would still be making massive numbers with their releases. What remains is whether or not either artist will dare to speak on these or other allegations at some point. That might be the only way in which we can all finally shut up about this kerfuffle once and for all.

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Drake Celebrates His Head Of Security Chubbs On Instagram Amid Kendrick Lamar Beef

Drake still hasn’t publicly responded to Kendrick Lamar’s “Pop Out” at press time, but fans are already looking for the hints. Moreover, he did recently send a message to his head of security and OVO member Chubbs on his Instagram Story, including a picture of them together for what read like birthday well-wishes or some other form of celebratory remarks. “More life Capo,” the Toronto superstar wrote on the black-and-white pic of them together. “Plenty love in the family to go around and just wait till that other s**t comes back around [crying-laughing emoji] [party hat and confetti emoji] @chubbsview.”

Furthermore, this follows some other OVO affiliates (that Kendrick Lamar called out on his Drake diss tracks) defending their leader on social media. Baka Not Nice, for example, posted some videos of the 6ix God performing in Los Angeles for his most recent tour, and it was unsurprisingly electric to see the crowd rock out with him. Of course, this was most likely a direct rebuttal to “The Pop Out,” K.Dot’s concert that rounded up the whole West Coast behind him on his victory lap around the rap beef arena. However, the jury’s still out on whether or not Drizzy will ever return to this topic again or if he’ll focus on beating his competition with hits and more artistic engagement.

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Drake’s Message To Chubbs

Meanwhile, there’s also some journalistic conflict in the Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef, albeit some light caution-advising between two former colleagues. “Ak is the one on stream during the NBA finals,” Joe Budden recently said about DJ Akademiks’ coverage of the feud, in which he believes Ak’s relationship with Aubrey has played a bias-inducing role. “Good journalistic s**t you was doing, but you gotta know that any Drake news coming from you is viewed through a different type of eye. It comes off as a mission sent from Drake.”

Whether or not Drake and OVO choose to worry about themselves or chase a comeback will be one of 2024’s most burning questions. We already saw a bit of a return to normalcy, as we’re back with the old rumors about the XXXTENTACION murder that folks already debunked. Perhaps the Kendrick Lamar beef won’t cause a headache for Chubbs and company any longer. Or maybe it really comes back around.

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The Game Clarifies His Friendship With Drake Amidst Kendrick Battle

The Game had a lot to get off his chest on June 20. The rapper was tired of the rumors that he was beefing with Kendrick Lamar. He was also annoyed by those same rumors serving as the reason why he didn’t attend Lamar’s “Pop Out” show on Juneteenth. The Game got on Instagram Live to clear the air. He also clarified where he stood with Kendrick Lamar and Drake, which has been a controversial topic over the last few months. The claim that The Game supported Drake over a Compton rapper isn’t true. Well, mostly not true.

The rapper made a point of giving Kendrick Lamar his flowers. He dubbed the “Pop Out” show an “amazing” feat, and praised Lamar for being “big-hearted” and sharing the spotlight. The Game also made it clear that he hasn’t turned his back on Drake. He considers the rapper to be a friend, no matter what happens between him and Kendrick Lamar. “As far as my relationship with Drake,” he said. “Drake is my n**ga, I f*ck with Drake.” He went on to compliment the 6 God for being there when he’s needed, and for providing things for Game’s family whenever he can. “My loyalty is with muthaf**kas that’s loyal to me,” he added. “Drizzy, he know what the f*ck it is when he see me.”

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The Game Is Still Close Friends With The 6 God

The Game also praised Drake for his handling of the Kendrick Lamar battle. He doesn’t make a ruling on who won, but he felt both men delivered. “I think what [Kendrick] doing is amazing,” he asserted. “What Drake doing is amazing. I think them n**gas just came out of one of the biggest hip-hop beefs ever and survived. Tupac and Biggie didn’t.” Fans may be surprised to see The Game play a centrist role in such a volatile beef, but he’s always done this with Lamar and Drake. He had both artists featured on 2011’s The R.E.D. Album. He linked back up with Drizzy for the 2015 album The Documentary 2, and made a point of getting a Lamar verse as well. The Game has never tipped his hand one way or the other.

The Game is famous for picking fights with other rappers. He recently dropped a diss track on Rick Ross out of the blue. Things have evidently changed. The rapper told his IG followers that he doesn’t want to get involved in a situation that he isn’t already part of. “As far as the Kendrick and Drake sh*t,” he stated. “That’s Kendrick and Drake sh*t. That sh*t ain’t for me man. I had to navigate myself through this sh*t. I been in this sh*t since 2003 being a solid a*s n**ga to everybody.” It’s hard to imagine a time when The Game isn’t beefing, but we’ll take him at his word.

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Baka Not Nice Reminds Kendrick Lamar Fans Of Drake’s Stage Presence In L.A.

The Pop Out” seemingly brought on the dramatic, spotlit end of the Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef, with the latter performing multiple of his disses multiple times and uniting the West Coast while doing so. However, there is a lot of discussion on whether this really settles things, and whether or not the Juneteenth show will have any tangible impact on either of their careers. For starters, the Toronto superstar’s next show in California will definitely be an interesting one to witness, and there’s a big question mark on how the West Coast will really respond to his continued success and movement. But Baka Not Nice thinks that there won’t be any sweat.

Moreover, the OVO affiliate posted footage of Drake’s sold-out show in Los Angeles on tour last year, which contained a hype crowd singing along to his “SICKO MODE” verse. Whether or not Kendrick Lamar’s united Cali against him, it’s too big of a state and he’s too big of an artist to lose significant success there… or anywhere else, for that matter. While fans are still speculating on what Drizzy’s thoughts and reactions are concerning all this, the likely answer is that he doesn’t have to worry too much. After all, neither MC was ever in a position to stop the other in their tracks.

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Baka Not Nice Defends Drake’s Performance Prowess In L.A.

For those unaware, Baka Not Nice was a key player in the Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef. Kendrick specifically accused him of being a sex trafficker and predator based on accusations that emerged from an assault conviction. K.Dot also held some additional disses for his rival, including an offer for “a little respect” in exchange for Tupac’s ring back. Maybe this post from Baka indicates that there will still be direct tension between all these camps this year that isn’t just avoidant resentment.

Meanwhile, Whitney Alford and Dave Free’s respective appearance and production concerning “The Pop Out” caused some more debate around Drake’s claims against Kendrick Lamar. Maybe his disses on “Family Matters” and “The Heart Part 6” are not as true as OVO thought, but there are always murky waters. Either way, debate will likely continue for the rest of hip-hop history. And all the while, Kendrick Stans will ask why Baka’s still around.

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Kendrick Lamar Seemingly Trolls Drake By Putting Dave Free At The Top Of His “Pop Out” Credits

Kendrick Lamar had the entire hip-hop world in the palm of his hand on Wednesday night. Overall, this was thanks to his “Pop Out” show on Juneteenth in Inglewood. The night was an incredible one for hip-hop fans of all ages. The OGs were treated to legends like Dr. Dre and even South Central staples like Tommy The Clown. Meanwhile, the youth were treated to some of the best young acts the West Coast has to offer. If you love hip-hop, last night was truly something special.

Throughout the evening, fans were looking for clues in regards to whether or not Kendrick was dissing Drake. Of course, there were plenty of clues out there. One of which involved none other than Kendrick’s right hand man, Dave Free. On “Family Matters,” Drake accused Dave Free of being the father of one of Lamar’s kids. Well, on Wednesday night, Kendrick had his fiancee Whitney and his two kids in attendance. Furthermore, Kendrick made sure Dave Free was at the top of the Credits for the evening.

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Kendrick Lamar Knows How To Be Subtle

Fans on social media immediately felt as if this was a direct shot at Drake. After all, Dave Free was supposed to be a big punchline for Drizzy and the OVO fans out there. Instead, Kendrick flipped it on them, and he is standing by his guy. Dave Free is the creative mind behind pgLang, so it should come as no surprise that he was also listed as a creative director for the event. If one thing is for certain, every single person behind last night’s event should be proud of what they put together.

Let us know what you thought of the Kendrick Lamar show, in the comments section down below. How did you feel about all of the West Coast unification that went down? Who was your favorite performer from the entire evening? Additionally, stay tuned to HNHH for the latest news and updates from around the music world. We will continue to keep you informed on all of your favorite artists and their upcoming projects.

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Drake Could Be Plotting Revenge Against Kendrick Lamar Despite Nonchalant “Summer League” Post

Drake is easily one of the biggest artists in the entire world, however, his beef with Kendrick Lamar has shown that the mystique can wear off. Overall, fans believe Drake lost, and badly too. Moreover, with Kendrick hosting “The Pop Out” last night, there is no doubt that things were not good for the Toronto artists on Wednesday. The song “Not Like Us” was played five times in a row. Moreover, Whitney Alford was in attendance at the show, which dispelled some of the narratives in Drizzy’s diss tracks.

Following the show, some were wondering how Drake may respond. After all, we do know that he likes to lurk the internet to see what people are saying. Well, OVO Mark posted a photo of the OVO crew with Drake, and in this image, the superstar is wearing a shirt that says “Revenge.” Of course, this is an Ian Connor brand, although the word itself is what fans are zeroing in on. Now, some believe a song, music video, or even some kind of diss is in the works.

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Drake x OVO Mark

Despite this, on Drake’s social media, he seemed to be chilling. We say this because of his Instagram story in which he simply wrote “Summer League.” It’s unclear what Drake even meant by this, although we’re sure we will find out soon. If there is one thing for certain, it is that “The Pop Out” reinvigorated everyone’s thoughts and feelings towards the feud. For now, that does not benefit Kendrick in any way.

Summer League?

Let us know what you thought of the performances from last night, in the comments section down below. Do you believe that this was one of the biggest concerts in the history of hip-hop? How did you feel about the artists Kendrick brought out? Additionally, stay tuned to HNHH for the latest news and updates from around the music world. We will continue to keep you informed on all of your favorite artists and their upcoming projects.

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Kendrick Lamar’s Fiancée Whitney Alford And Kids Spotted At “Pop Out” Show

Kendrick Lamar was declared the winner of the Drake battle. His songs hit harder, and did better on the Billboard charts. If there was any doubt as to whether he was the victor, it was squashed on Juneteenth. The rapper put on his “Pop Out” show in Los Angeles, which featured appearances from a host of icons and TDE affiliates. The most surprising appearance of the night, however, came from Kendrick Lamar’s fiancée, Whitney Alford.

Alford was spotted by fans during the concert. iPhone footage was taken of Alford sitting next to her and Lamar’s kids. Innocuous on the surface, but those who have been keeping up with the Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake battle know that Alford’s presence was not guaranteed going into the evening. Drake has made grim accusations against Lamar on record. Many of them had to do with Alford, and the rumor that the Compton rapper has been abusive towards her. Drake made this claim on the chilling “Family Matters.” “They hired a crisis management team,” he spit. “To clean up the fact that you beat on your queen.”

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Kendrick Lamar’s Family Was In Attendance

Drake also cast doubt on Alford’s relationship with Kendrick Lamar’s business partner, Dave Free. He went as far as to speculate that Free is the real father of Lamar and Alford’s son. These rumors have persisted for weeks. Fans pointed out that Whitney Alford failed to wish Lamar a Happy Father’s Day, despite previously wishing herself a Happy Mother’s Day on social media. Drake’s accusations have remained purely speculative, however. Alford has never addressed the rapper’s claims, nor has she publicly spoken about her relationship with Lamar.

The only time Whitney Alford has talked about Lamar, in fact, has been on record. She narrates three different songs on the rapper’s Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers (2022), including the album opener, “United In Grief.” Alford is also photographed holding her son on the cover. Kendrick Lamar does not speak about his fiancée, either, but he did admit to relationship woes in Mr. Morale‘s penultimate song, “Mother I Sober.” “I made it home, seven years of tour, chasin’ manhood,” he rapped. “But Whitney’s gone, by time you hear this song.” It appears, at least, publicly, that the two have figured things out.

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Kendrick Lamar And Ab-Soul Perform “6:16 In LA” During “Pop Up” Show

Kendrick Lamar pulled out all the stops. The Compton rapper made his “Pop Out” concert an LA event for the ages. Part of the reason it was so memorable was because he showed love to all of the artists that he’s worked with over the years. DJ Mustard and Dr Dre showed up, but TDE fans were especially hyped to see Lamar link back up with Ab-Soul. It’s wasn’t clear which song Soulo would perform, but Kendrick Lamar decided to bring him to debut his Drake diss, “6:16 In LA.” The results were spectacular.

“6:16 In LA” is the most obscure and dense Drake diss that Lamar dropped. It’s still not on streaming platforms. This made it the perfect song to perform with TDE’s most esoteric rapper. Ab-Soul walked onstage and immediately hyped up the crowd. “I guess somebody lied,” he said. “Smells like somebody lied. I don’t see no muthaf*cking fire!” Soul and Lamar then linked up and the Al Green sample for “6:16 In LA” kicked in. The two rappers bobbed and put an arm over each other while they rapped the diss. K. Dot handled most of the bars (no surprise), but Ab-Soul served as the perfect hype man. He provided ad-libs and cheered his fellow Black Hippy member on.

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Ab-Soul Hyped Up Kendrick Lamar’s Performance

This is the first time Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul have performed together in years. There was some confusion as to their relationship in the months leading up to the “Pop Out” show. Ab-Soul dropped a guest verse on J Cole’s Might Delete Later album, which contained a Lamar diss. Ab-Soul also went through a turbulent period behind closed doors. He attempted to end his own life in 2022, which he detailed on his most recent album, Herbert. Despite the perceived distance between him and Lamar, Soul always spoke highly of the latter.

“We’re brothers first and, you know,” the rapper told XXL. “He’s still somebody that I can call on and vice versa. I support him in whatever. He’s incredible. He’s an incredible artist. I’m behind it 100 percent.” Ab-Soul obviously made good on his word by making an appearance at the “Pop Out” show. Long live Black Hippy.

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Kendrick Lamar Urges Drake To Give Him Back Tupac’s Ring In “Euphoria” Lyric Remix

Kendrick Lamar lit the rap world on fire on Juneteeth. He put on an electric performance during the “Ken and Friends” concert. He not only brought out a staggering roster of guests, but he used his platform to take a few more shots at Drake. The Compton rapper performed the diss record “Euphoria,” and rather than stick to the script, he decided to tweak lyrics and send a new message directly to the 6 God. The message? Don’t ever disrespect 2Pac.

Kendrick Lamar got rid of the “Euphoria” line “Matter of fact, I ain’t even bleed him yet, can I bleed him.” In its place was a line far more scathing, and one that verified what we all suspected. He doesn’t respect Drake. “Give me Tupac’s ring back and I might give you a little respect,” he rapped. The ring in question was bought by Drake back in 2023. The Toronto rapper purchased the artifact for $1 million, according to Billboard. He’s flaunted the ring on Instagram and worn it during several interviews. Drake made a similar purchase when he netted $2.6 million worth of Pharrell’s jewelry. He even flaunted the latter during the “Family Matters” video. Both of these purchases have not sat well with Kendrick Lamar.

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Kendrick Lamar Confirmed He Doesn’t Respect Drake

The Compton rapper has made it clear that 2Pac is a musical idol. The notion that Drake owns one of Pac’s prized possessions has informed some of Lamar’s angriest bars. “You think the Bay gon’ let you disrespect ‘Pac, n**ga?,” he asked on “Not Like Us.” Dot’s reverence for 2Pac dates back to before he started rapping. He claimed to have visited the set of the “California Love” video as a kid. Years later, he used a rare interview from ‘Pac to close out his legendary album To Pimp a Butterfly. Dot also penned a tribute to the late rapper in 2015. “I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you,” he recalled. “I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. 20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was. Inspired.”

Kendrick Lamar brought the ‘Pac experience full circle during the “Pop Out” show. He invited Dr. Dre onstage, and together they performed “California Love” together. Dre rapped his verse, of course, and then Dot took over for 2Pac. Talk about carrying the torch. Kendrick Lamar’s love for 2Pac has taken a bit of a backseat in 2024. He’s dedicated the last six months to hating on Drake, and he continued to do so at the “Pop Up” show. Lamar sold t-shirts with a reference to his now iconic “New Ho King” bar from “Euphoria.”

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Kendrick Lamar Performs “Euphoria” Live For The First Time: Watch

Kendrick Lamar is currently performing at “The Pop Out” which is a concert that is looking to be a uniting force for the West Coast. To open his set, Kendrick performed his first diss track against Drake, “Euphoria.” It was a truly incredible moment that fans will remember for the rest of their lives. In fact, Kendrick rapped every single bar, which just goes to show what an amazing performer he is. As you can imagine, the visuals of the performance are pretty spectacular.

Below, you can find a small snippet of the performance, which had the entire KIA Forum shaking. It was not the first time tonight that this was the case. Of course, Tyler, The Creator had popped out earlier in the evening. We also got some truly spectacular performances from the likes of Roddy Ricch, YG, and many others. Mustard even put on a tribute to Nipsey Hussle, which made the concert feel that much more special.

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Kendrick Lamar Had The Fans Jumping

There are some massive stars in the crowd at the show right now. For instance, we have LeBron James, Rick Ross, James Harden, and many others. This show is a once-in-a-lifetime type of event, and it must be pretty special to be there right now. Hopefully, Kendrick brings out some more guests to make this an even better night than it already is. Oh…and we need that performance of “Not Like Us.”

Let us know what you thought of Kendrick’s performance of “Euphoria,” in the comments section down below. How did you feel about his performance of the song? Did you expect that this would be his first song of the entire evening? Additionally, stay tuned to HNHH for the latest news and updates from around the music world. We will continue to keep you informed on all of your favorite artists and their upcoming projects.

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