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Kendrick Lamar's Hometown Celebrates Him Once Again, After "Not Like Us" Surpasses Drake, Cardi B, and Taylor Swift's Music on Streaming Platforms


Kendrick Lamar has released several diss tracks during his recent lyrical war with Drake. According to interviews The Los Angeles Times obtained in Lamar's hometown, Los Angeles [Compton], the city celebrates its conscious rapper again in light of the success of his most recognized diss song thus far, "Not Like Us."

Los Angeles fans had glowing remarks about the Compton rapper; one fan stated, "Everything he does is for Compton." Another fan said, "That was the hardest song he ever made!" Another Kendrick follower called the Drake diss track a "masterpiece." His hometown said they appreciate how the rap star continues incorporating the city of Compton into his music. Another fan called the song "Powerful stuff!" His fans reminisced about all of the good he's done for the city, calling him a "big inspiration" for the town and acknowledging when he helps out families and does toy drives for the town's children.   

The success of Kendrick Lamar's diss track 'Not Like Us' has been extraordinary. It has surpassed the streaming numbers of some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Cardi B., Drake, and Taylor Swift. In just seven days, it amassed nearly 100 million streams, a remarkable achievement that many Compton, California residents applaud. 

Unfortunately, the song comes as a result of what's growing into one of the worst lyrical rap feuds in the history of rap battlesthe things Lamar and Drake say become more damaging with each new song they put out. The Compton native has scathed Drake by calling him a pedophile, immoral, an irresponsible father, a drug addict, etc. He also addressed Drake's family [his children and parents] on the diss track "Meet the Grahams." Lamar, a Pulitzer Prize Winner, and witty lyricist, assassinates Drake's character; on "Not Like Us,"Lamar rapped, "Once upon a time, all of us was in chains. Homie still doubled down callin' us some slaves." 

Drake has also hurled many harsh insults at Lamar, especially suggesting that another person fathers Kendrick's children. However, music critics, fans, and some of their industry peers declare the Compton-born rapper the winner of this battle.  

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