Toronto, ON – Drake was spotted at Kendrick Lamar’s Toronto tour stop on Friday (August 12) — despite any lingering beef. Video of the OVO boss watching from a sky box at the Scotiabank Arena started making the rounds over the weekend after The Big Steppers Tour made its Canadian debut.
The appearance is somewhat surprising considering the two rap titans’ history. In 2013, Kendrick name-dropped Drake on the single “Control,” when he rapped, “I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n-ggas,” which was intended to be a compliment. But Drake evidently didn’t take it that way and fired back in a Billboard interview: “It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform.”
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That same year, Drake rapped on the “Language” single: “I don’t know why they are lyin’/But you’re shit ain’t that inspirin’,” which was interpreted as a subliminal diss aimed at Kendrick. They’ve been quietly feuding ever since.
Unsurprisingly, fans hopped in the comment section and wanted to know if it was “petty Drake” or if Drake was genuinely showing love. Other comments included, “He did that shit on purpose,” “Trying to figure out how to make an actual album that impacts culture” and “Drake wanna be friends again so bad.”
Drake and Kendrick Lamar recently suffered a historic fall from grace on the Billboard charts. Just weeks after Kendrick’s “We Cry Together” set a new record for biggest single-week drop in Billboard Hot 100 history (for a song that remained on the chart), Drake’s “Texts Go Green” from Honestly, Nevermind fell 81 spots on the Billboard Hot 100.
Nevertheless, both Hip Hop pillars consistently dominate the charts and sell out arenas on a regular basis. The North American leg of The Big Steppers Tour kicked off on July 19 in Oklahoma City before making its way down South and up the East Coast. It continues in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday (August 16) at the Schottenstein Center.