Big Sean reveals that the death of Nipsey Hussle prompted him to ‘connect’ with Kendrick Lamar amid alleged feud
Big Sean revealed that the death of Nipsey Hussle in 2019 prompted him to work on the relationship between himself and fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar.
The 31-year-old hit maker opened up about the alleged feud during Sunday’s episode of Joe Budden’s Pull Up series.
‘When this whole Big Sean/Kendrick beef was going on, it was something I wish I would have spoken up [on],’ admitted the rapper.
Connecting: Big Sean appeared on the most recent episode of Joe Budden’s Pull Up series where he discussed his alleged beef with fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar
Loss of a friend: Big Sean credited the death of rap legend and friend Nipsey Hussle (right) as a driving force behind his efforts to ‘connect’ with Lamar (left)
‘One of the people that, especially after Nipsey died was important for me to connect with was Kendrick [Lamar]. Me and Kendrick got a history…a relationship as peers,’ explained Sean.
‘[Kendrick] never talked about [the alleged feud]. And I never talked about it and I should’ve said something, bro. I should’ve just came out and been like, ‘Naw, that ain’t it’…but I didn’t. I was working on this song with Nip and then Nip passed.’
Hussle fell victim to a shooting that took place outside his clothing store in Los Angeles last March. The rapper was pronounced dead upon arrival to a nearby hospital.
On April 7, Big Sean performed at J. Cole’s highly anticipated musical festival, weeks after Nipsey’s death.
Pull Up: The entire history of the alleged beef was hashed out by Big Sean during his appearance on Joe Budden’s (left) YouTube show
Should have: ‘[Kendrick] never talked about [the alleged feud]. And I never talked about it and I should’ve said something, bro. I should’ve just came out and been like, ‘Naw, that ain’t it’…but I didn’t,’ admitted the rapper
‘I’m sitting next to Punch from TDE [at the festival]. He like, ‘Bro, wassup—you ever holler at Kendrick?’ I damn near [had] put it on the back burner in my brain. I’m like, ‘Damn, no I never did. And he’s like, ‘Man, you should definitely holler at him.’
Sean immediately ‘got Kendrick’s number’ and the rap gods talked it out. ‘We communicated.’
An alleged beef between Sean and Kendrick was born out of assumptions made by fans following the release of Big Sean’s 2015 Me, Myself & I freestyle.
Digs taken in the track were later dissected and presumed to be about 32-year-old Lamar.
The root: An alleged beef between Sean and Kendrick was born out of assumptions made by fans following the release of Big Sean’s 2015 Me, Myself & I freestyle; Big Sean pictured at the Rihanna Fenty after party in New York
‘I remember going online and seeing like, ‘Oh, is he talking about Kendrick? Cause I’m talking about people who rap fast…I wasn’t beefing with nobody. I’m just rapping [EXPLETIVE]. It wasn’t like a specific person or else I would’ve said his name.’
Since the false feuds 2015 roots, the pair have continued to have the lyrics in their songs inspected with a fine tooth comb.
‘Every verse I do, people be like, ‘Oh is this a response? Is this a response?’ And I’m like, ‘Damn I can’t even show no aggression, people think it’s a damn response.’
The scrutiny became so much for Sean and Lamar, that a ‘tension’ began forming between the duo.
Communication is key: Big Sean got a hold of Kendrick’s number weeks after the death of Nipsey and the two ‘communicated’ with one another on the rumors surrounding their relationship; Kendrick Lamar photographed during his performance at the 10th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018
‘It got to a point where somehow it was just a weird tension between me and him even though it was already said it wasn’t no beef.
‘People made it that way,’ proclaimed Big Sean.
‘Fast forward, I let this s**t go. He let that s**t go,’ revealed Sean. ‘The respect is mutual. It was literally nothing.’