Kendrick Lamar Will Just Not Let Big Sean Catch a Break, Overshadows Comeback With "Like That" Shots at 'Big 3'

Just before Kendrick rapped "motherf*ck the Big 3" on new song "Like That," Sean shared a freestyle featuring his own thoughts on the topic.

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More than a decade after “Control” and its well-documented aftermath, Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean have returned to the diss-driven dimension.

As you may have noticed, this Friday marked a particularly stacked day for new music, with Future and Metro Boomin's We Don't Trust You among the albums rolled out to streamers. On the early highlight "Like That," Kendrick spends several lines pushing back against any "Big 3" talk, namely the kind found on Drake and J. Cole's "First Person Shooter."

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While there's plenty in Kendrick's verse worth a closer look, the key line arrives ahead of the Prince and Michael Jackson comparison, like so:

Motherfuck the big three, n***a, it's just big me

But Kendrick isn't the only one with Big 3 currently on the brain. Earlier this week, prior to "Like That" making impact, Sean delivered his "Whole Time (Freestyle)," which itself featured some Big 3 ponderings.

I think where I lack most as an artist is consistency
I just haven't had the energy to compete with enemies
Or y'all so-called bigger three

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Video via Big Sean

Also on Friday, Sean released a Truman Show-referencing new single, "Precision." For the video, he turned to director Onda, whose other recent work includes visuals for artists like Ye and Duckwrth. See it below.

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Giving the timing, some listeners have wondered if this was all part of a larger strategy. With the history of "Control" in mind, not all of this is entirely a reach. The song, released in 2013, is technically a Sean-led single. It was Kendrick's verse, however, that inarguably dominated coverage and quickly became a classic moment in hip-hop history.

The song has remained a hot topic over the years, with Sean downplaying speculation of a feud in a Joe Budden interview in 2020. More recently, the "Control" fascination received a new layer thanks to an alleged Kendrick leak that included a direct mention of Sean by name. Sean later addressed the leak, seemingly suggesting he didn't consider the lyrics a diss.

With that in mind, folks have had plenty to say about “Like That” rolling out on the same day as Sean’s new single.

Big Sean: "Now that I have a chance to speak I just think-"


— Kal-El Atreides (@Superfan_K) March 22, 2024
Twitter: @Superfan_K

Big Sean thinking he’s safe from Kendrick stealing his thunder again:

— Chuck Royal (@Jayleejnr) March 22, 2024
Twitter: @Jayleejnr

Kendrick yesterday seeing Big Sean was dropping a song knowing this verse was finna come out 😂

— DJ NO REQUESTS (@MrAVOXO) March 22, 2024
Twitter: @MrAVOXO

Imagine being Big Sean, finally ready to pop back out and assert yourself in the conversation as one of the best in the game, then the whole moment gets stepped on by Kendrick once again showing how one verse can shake up the game.

— AD. (@AhmadDavisPR) March 22, 2024
Twitter: @AhmadDavisPR

Big Sean after Kendrick washed any mention of his comeback single or being in the big 3

— 20DaysofJune 🛸 (@20daysofJune) March 22, 2024
Twitter: @20daysofJune

Big Sean after taking a 4 year break and dropping a single on the same day Kendrick Lamar is featured on Metro and Future's album

— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) March 22, 2024
Twitter: @big_business_

Future, Metro Boomin & Kendrick Lamar blocking Big Sean from getting any attention on his first single in 4 years…#WeDontTrustYou

— alex (@AlexUlrichh) March 22, 2024
Twitter: @AlexUlrichh

also i truly believe Kendrick heard the new Big Sean verse yesterday mentioning Big 3 😭 technically he dissed him too, that beef might be right back on again

but that would mean Kdot made that verse in the past 24 hours... is it possible ?¿

— SOUND (@itsavibe) March 22, 2024
Twitter: @itsavibe

We Don't Trust You is out now. For a full breakdown of features and production credits, you know where to look.

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