Kendrick Lamar Takes On Drake At 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

The results of the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards have come through, seeing many of hip-hop’s finest take home awards in categories such as “Lyricist of the Year.” However, it was Kendrick Lamar who stole the show, delivering a venomous freestyle targeted at Drake and the hip-hop community.

Freestyling over Mobb Deep‘s Shook Ones Pt. II — which some may recognise as the beat over which Kendrick idol Eminem rapped in the final scene of 8 Mile — Lamar anointed himself “King Kendrick” and declared “Your career ain’t s**t unless you got some Kendrick in it“.

Each year, BET asks artists to deliver an exclusive “cypher” to promote the awards, with the full freestyle shown during the broadcast of the awards ceremony. Lamar, who took home Lyricist of the Year, took the opportunity to relaunch some attacks at fellow rapper Drake.

Lamar famously took virtually all of his hip-hop contemporaries to task earlier this year, with a vitriolic verse on Big Sean‘s mixtape cut Control. Sending much of the hip-hop community into a tailspin, in the verse the rapper called out A$AP Rocky, Wale, Mac Miller and more.

The new jabs at Drake were thinly veiled, with the acclaimed rapper stating, “What I was doing? I’m bout to crack the Da Vinci Code / Yeah, and nothing’s been the same since they dropped Control / And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pyjama clothes“.

Though Drake himself recently implied that it may all just be in good freestlye fun, telling hip-hop station Hot 97:

“It just wasn’t real to me. I saw him after that and it was just like love, so it’s like was that real or was that for the people? Those were harsh words, you can’t just say that and see me like, ‘Yeah, man, what’s up,’ pretending like nothing ever happened. That’s not real.”

Readers can check out the full list of winners at the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards below.

Watch: Kendrick Lamar 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher

2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Winners

Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake, Started From The Bottom

Best Collabo (Duo or Group)

A$AP Rocky feat. 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar, Problems

Best Live Performer

Jay Z

Lyricist of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Hustler of the Year

Jay Z

Made You Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

A$AP Rocky and Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site

World Star Hip Hop

Best Club Banger

French Montana feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne, Pop That

Producer of the Year

Mike Will Made It

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

Album of the Year

Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid m.a.a.d. City

Sweet 16

Kendrick Lamar Problems

Impact Track

J. Cole feat. TLC Crooked Smile

MVP of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year

Started From The Bottom, produced by Mike Zombie and Noah “40” Shebib

Best Mixtape

Big Sean, Detroit

Who New? Rookie of the Year

A$AP Ferg

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