Kendrick Lamar Unveils New Verse in Drake Diss ‘Euphoria’ at ‘Pop Out’ Concert in Los Angeles

Kendrick Lamar did not half-step during the opening of his “Pop Out” concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday night: He not only opened his set with the Drake diss “Euphoria,” he rolled out a new verse for it:

“Give me Tupac’s ring back and I might give you a little respect.”

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The reference, of course, is to a ring previously owned by the late Tupac Shakur that was purchased at an auction by an undisclosed buyer who was revealed last year to be Drake. While it’s just one new verse in a bruising battle between the two top rappers that was uncontestedly won by Lamar — and which was essentially called off after a series of intruders tried to break into Drake’s Toronto home — perhaps there is more to come.

Variety will have its full review of the concert — which featured guest appearances from Dr. Dre, Tyler, the Creator, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and others — in the coming hours. The concert was livestreamed by Amazon Music and its hip-hop/ R&B brand Rotation as part of the company’s “Forever the Influence” celebration of Black musicians and creatives for Black Music Month.

The concert, titled “The Pop Out — Ken and Friends,” takes its name from a different song in the feud, Lamar’s “Not Like Us,” where he raps, “Sometimes you gotta pop out and show n—s / Certified boogeyman, I’m the one that up the score with ’em.” The song was a diss directed at Drake that released a month ago and has continued on to scale the top of the charts, arguably becoming the most successful of the songs released between Drake and Lamar.

Throughout the battle, the two rappers went at each other’s physical appearances, lobbed accusations of pedophilia and made claims of hidden children. It ended with Drake’s “The Heart Part 6,” a play on Lamar’s long-running song series of the same name, and showed that Drake was tiring of the beef between them.

Drake recently made a reference to the battle with a verse on Sexyy Red’s “U My Everything,” where he rapped over producer Metro Boomin’s diss beat “BBL Drizzy.” Metro helped facilitate the start of the beef with Lamar’s appearance on his song “Like That,” a collaboration with Future that came out in March.

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