Fans Think Kendrick Lamar Just Revealed Drake and J. Cole Asked Him to Be on "First Person Shooter"

Listeners previously assumed Drake fired shots at Kenny on his 'For All the Dogs' collab with Cole.

Three male artists performing on stage, each with distinct hairstyles and microphones in hand
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Three male artists performing on stage, each with distinct hairstyles and microphones in hand

Kendrick Lamar’s newly released Drake diss “Euphoria” has fans speculating that Drizzy and J. Cole asked him to be on For All the Dogs standout “First Person Shooter” and Kenny declined.

On “Euphoria,” Lamar raps, “Surprised you wanted that feature request/You know that we got some shit to address.”

This seems like a nod to all the subliminal jabs K.Dot and Drake have exchanged over the years, with their issues going unresolved—something that Lamar directly addressed on "Like That" last month: "Fuck sneak dissin', first-person shooter, I hope they came with three switches."

Fans also surmised that Lamar came in hot on “Like That” because he might have felt slighted by J. Cole and Drake on their collab. Many mentioned the 6 God’s first verse as case-in-point: “I'm like go on 'head, say it then, who the GOAT?/Who the GOAT? Who the GOAT?/Who the GOAT, who you bitches really rootin' for?/Like a kid that act bad from January to November, n***a, it's just you and Cole.”

Fans thought Drake deliberately said that only he and Cole are goated and no one else, with some considering the “kid” line a nod to Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. It's also hard to forget that Cole outright asks on his verse: "Love when they argue the hardest MC/Is it K.Dot, is it Aubrey, or me?"

Others point to lyrics at the end of Drake’s second verse on “First Person Shooter," which also seems to refer to Lamar.

“N***as talkin' 'bout when this gon' be repeated/What the fuck, bro? I'm one away from Michael/N***a, beat it, n***a, beat it, what?” Drake raps.

Lamar appeared to flip that reference on “Like That,” saying, “And your best work is a light pack/N***a, Prince outlived Mike Jack / N***a, bum.”

There's also the fact that veteran hip-hop journalist Rob Markman said in March, "Somebody very close to one of [the Big 3's] camps told me that a collaboration was close to happening. Apparently that's all dead now."

Check out some reactions to the idea that Drake and Cole sought Kendrick's participation on "First Person Shooter" below.

"Surprised you wanted that feature request
You know that we got some shit to address"

So he wass supposed to be on First Person Shooter 🤨🤔

— Wongo Okon (@whereswongo) April 30, 2024
Twitter: @whereswongo

Kendrick confirmed this all stems from him declining to be on the First Person Shooter record. Drake & Cole the shot at him subliminally out of anger on that track & that’s why K blacked on Like That. Joe Budden goofy ass is always right

— TY-RIN (@GothamCityGoon) April 30, 2024
Twitter: @GothamCityGoon

And he confirmed what I been told y’all Kendrick was supposed to be on First Person Shooter but said

— Tune, MBA, CISSP (@CartuneNetwerk) April 30, 2024
Twitter: @CartuneNetwerk

Kendrick Lamar Casually using Cole’s flow from “First Person Shooter” to Diss Drake is crazy 💀😂

— Him🤓 (@AdoreTdot) April 30, 2024
Twitter: @AdoreTdot

At least now we understand *why* Kendrick took "First Person Shooter" the way he did. Drake came to him for a feature, theoretically for that very song, when the two of them clearly had some issues that one of them wasn't ready to overlook without a sit-down.

— I’m Gary (@imgarysuarez) April 30, 2024
Twitter: @imgarysuarez

drake asks kendrick to be on first person shooter
he says no (?) or it doesn’t happen
puts cole on it instead
sneak disses kendrick on it

that is how we are here. this is not no random hateration holleration in this dancery

— dij (@DijahSB) April 30, 2024
Twitter: @DijahSB

waitttt. drake & j cole were rumored to have wanted kendrick lamar on “First Person Shooter”. i wonder if this is him confirming that

— major 𓅓 (@shotbymajor) April 30, 2024
Twitter: @shotbymajor

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