Kendrick Lamar Addresses Drake and Ye’s Reconciliation on ‘Father Time’: ‘I Was Slightly Confused’
At the stroke of midnight, Lamar dropped his latest studio album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, the followup to 2017’s Damn.
On the album track “Father Time ,”, Sampha takes a hard look at himself. He examines the “daddy issues”, which have both fuelled him and held him back.
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How so? “When Kanye returned with Drake, I was slightly puzzled,” he raps. “Guess, I’m not as mature than I think. Got some healin’ to go.”
He was not the only one who was confused by it all. Drizzy and Ye kept hip-hop’s heavyweight feud simmering for more than a decade when, like a bolt of lightning, the pair caught up last year, broke bread and posed for photos. It was the moment of true reconciliation that no one expected.
West and Drake’s beef even sizzled in the lead-up to their respective albums Donda and Certified Lover Boy. After ‘Ye briefly leaked Drake’s address, the OVO MC appeared to put him on blast with the song “7am on Bridle Path,” and later leaked ‘Ye and Andre 3000’s “Life of the Party” collab that didn’t make the cut on Donda.
This is not the first time that the Pulitzer Prize winner has called out one or both of the rap stars in song. Famously, in “King Kunta,” from Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, he rapped “I can dig rapping, but a rapper with a ghost writer?/ What the fuck happened?,” a lyric that hit our ears when the Drake vs. Quentin Miller ghostwriting drama was in full swing.
Lamar emerged as a hip-hop star-in-waiting with 2012’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. He blew the doors off with To Pimp a Butterfly, a critical and commercial hit which went to No. 1, as did Damn.
Stream “Father Time” below.
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