Big Sean opened up about his long-rumored beef with Kendrick Lamar on his new track “Deep Reverence” featuring Nipsey Hussle. The lead single from Sean’s Detroit 2 album recounts him clearing the air with K. Dot after Nipsey passed away in 2019.
“After what happened to Nipsey, I reached out to Kendrick/It wasn’t even no real issues there to begin with/Lack of communication and wrong information from people fueled by their ego/It’s like mixing flames with diesel/Energy crazy, I realize that it’s a two-way street/What’s coming is going, if it don’t give you more, it drains you,” he raps on the song’s second verse.
The alleged issues between the two can be traced back to their 2013 collaboration “Control.” On the track, K. Dot famously called out multiple rappers — including Sean.
Ever since “Control,” fans have speculated about Sean and Lamar exchanging subliminal disses on subsequent releases. Observers have cited cuts such as Sean’s “Big Bidness” and K. Dot’s “The Heart Part 4” as evidence of the supposed feud.
Sean said he never had a beef with Lamar during an interview with Joe Budden in February. He admitted there was some tension at times but noted he spoke with Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and Punch to confirm K. Dot never dissed him after “Control” hit the net.
“It was something I wish I would’ve spoke up about,” he said. “There was nothing and when I say ‘nothing,’ I’m not even bullshitting you. [Directed to Budden] You were one of the main people pushing the narrative. I can’t even fault you for that because … I was mad because at first I was like, ‘This was some bullshit.’”
Sean’s Detroit 2 album is scheduled to drop on September 4. Listen to “Deep Reverence” featuring Nipsey above.