Dr. Dre‘s first album in 16 years dropped about an hour earlier than expected, and it’s pretty fucking good. The rap gods are in our favor in 2015. After a couple listens, one quick take away are the shotsKendrick Lamar may have possibly thrown Drake’s way. Parts of Kendrick’s verses on “Darkside/Gone” and “Deep Water” have some very interesting wording. On the former, he speaks of energy and subliminals, and on the latter he mentions the number six, beef, and refers to himself as a Great White shark that senses blood in the water. Drake is the king of throwing subs these days. And let’s not forget that K. Dot may’ve called out Drizzy for having ghostwriters on “King Kunta” before all of this shit with Meek popped off.
Also, do remember the subs the 6 God directed Lamar’s way on “Used To” from If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. If, for some reason, you don’t remember, he said, “They gon’ say your name on them airwaves/ They gon’ hit you up right after like it’s only rap” referring to Dot’s “Control” verse. He then went and rapped, “I got a backyard where money seems to come from the trees/And I’m never ever scared to get some blood on my leaves” on “6PM In New York,” perhaps referring to “Money Trees” from Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city.
So, with the rap world listening, Kendrick decided to use this platform to send subs at Drake. The first one came on the second half of “Darkside/Gone”:
“You scared of my heist now/But still I got enemies giving me energy/I wanna fight now/Subliminals sending me all of this hate/I thought I was holding the mic down”
And the second, more vicious one came on “Deep Water”:
“They liable to bury him/They nominated six to carry him/They worry him to death but he no vegetarian/The beef is on his breath inheritin’ the drama better than a Great White/Nigga, this is life in my aquarium!”
On the bridge before that verse, Lamar also says:
“Feel’s like you’re drowning, don’t you?/About a hundred miles down in that ocean/It’s over, shoulda never jumped in/If you can’t swim (if you can’t swim, if you can’t swim)/Oh my God, where’s a life guard when you need one?”
And, to top it all off, K. Dot sets the table for his “Deep Water” verse with the line: “Motherfucker know I started from the bottom.”
I’m not a Rap Genius annotator but these seem like shots to me. Let’s see if Drake wants some sauce since he’s in the sparring mood.