New Jersey rapper Joe Budden believes there’s no turning back now. The hip-hop personality has predicted a major clashing between his former rap rival Drake and Kendrick Lamar with both emcee gearing up to drop new albums.
Joe Budden Believes Drake + Kendrick Lamar Will Clash
During a “Joe Budden Podcast” episode, the Garden State native referenced K. Dot’s mighty return to the spotlight and aim at the biggest rappers in the game. He specifically mentioned how in order for Lamar to regain the top spot, a face-off with Drizzy must happen.
“Kendrick don’t care about none of these n*ggas. It is a facade. It is a trick – ‘I have a hybrid strain of Drake and J. Cole a little bit in there. But this is a Toronto mansion, Degrassi special strain. Smoking on this, you’d love this. Gonna smoke more of this when I unlock more flows to come.’ He told you that. … This is happening. Armageddon is here. Finally. It’s time. Top [Dawg] can’t save it. Punch can’t save it. SZA can’t save it. Keem can’t save it. They have to collide.” (“Joe Budden Podcast”)
Kendrick Lamar Cements Mighty Return
Budden’s remarks come days after Lamar and his cousin Baby Keem dropped their “family ties” music video. The must-see visual clocks in at over four minutes in length and has plenty of cinematic galore. Along with the mind-blowing video’s elements, the song itself is just his first official collaboration with Keem.
‘family ties’ is Lamar’s first feature since 2018, and sees Keem and Lamar come together for the first time, notably making it the second-ever artist collaboration in Keem’s public musical output, and his first with Lamar. ‘family ties’ is a high-powered proclamation exploring the meaning of legacy and success, an insight into the relationships and experiences that have both defined and propelled Keem in his journey. The ‘family ties’ video features Keem, Kendrick and Normani and is directed by Dave Free.
The same week, Keem and K. Dot released the video’s mind-blowing trailer.
The visual itself is an absolute must-watch even at just under 20 seconds in length. While fans still had to wait just over 24 hours before hearing and seeing the new visual, the trailer gave an idea of how it sounded – just in reverse.
TDE Responds To Kendrick Lamar
In August 2021, Top Dawg Entertainment responded to Lamar publicly announcing his final album with his label. The hip-hop powerhouse’s key bosses Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith and president Punch stepped forward to address Kendrick’s huge reveal.
Instead of catching feelings, Top Dawg saluted Lamar on gearing up to release his last official studio effort under his watch. He also reminded the world Lamar is a living greatest of all time musician.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege for TDE to bless the world with the GOAT!”
Punch issued a full statement on the concept of growth and connected it to Lamar preparing for the next phase in his life. He also reflected on the audio gems K. Dot’s released through TDE.
“Kendrick Lamar EP, Kendrick Lamar OD, Section 80, GKMC, TPAB, Untitlted Unmastered, DAMN, Black Panther Soundtrack… what a run! This is a celebration.”
Kendrick Lamar Announces Final TDE Album
Hours prior, Lamar returned from the hip-hop shadows to announce his next studio offering will be his last with the label he’s spent his entire music career with.
Lamar hit up his Instagram page with everything completely wiped out except a single post showing a folder titled ‘nu thoughts.’ Inside the post urged followers to visit oklama.com where he revealed his first public words in months.
“I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence. I go months without a phone. Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family. While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next.”
While he confirmed preparing for the TDE departure, Lamar also encouraged creators to continue seeking comfort from Top Dawg and the ability to have their talent reach the masses at the star-studded record label.
“As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling. There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all. See you soon enough. -oklama”