The 5 best Kendrick Lamar reactions in memes

Kendrick Lamar. (AP)

Kendrick Lamar. (AP)

I took some time out on Tuesday to figure out who Kendrick Lamar was and what this whole Twitter "battle" was all about. Because very obviously, looking at my timeline, Twitter was outraged.

The first thing that came to my mind after a quick search, which wasn't that hard because his name trended all day, is that there is this rapper (Kendrick) who basically sounds inaudible to me and he knows girls want "dis dip" and he was trying to pull a marketing ploy by breathing new legitimacy into the hip-hop game and recreating one of those Tupac/Biggie stints. Side note: while all this attention-seeking goes on, I still don't know who shot Tupac and that's pretty worrying. But anyway, I'll play the game. Of course, Twitter dictates my life. So now, here's what I know in five succinct points:

1. There's this other rapper called Big Sean who has a seven-minute track called Control. Kendrick Lamar is featured on the song and it was released over the internet. 

2. In the song, Lamar uses his verse to bust a rhyme (see how down with this I am?) and he basically spews forth words annointing himself as the "king of New York, king of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both".

3. He then goes on to tear into his peers by name. These names, to be specific: J Cole, Big K.R.I.T, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake (I know this guy, he's responsible for that annoying Yolo teen slang phrase), Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller and his partners on the same song, Big Sean and Jay Electronica.

4. An example of the lyrics:
I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you niggas;
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas;
They don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas;
What is competition? I'm tryna raise the bar high.

5. Why is it necessary for all of this to trend on Twitter for two days? Because the hip-hop community is once again divided into two and because it's not the nineties and you don't have to pledge your allegiance by throwing a gang sign, you can pledge it with a tweet. Or several. Or a meme. Many in the Lamar camp are excited by his tendencies because they say it raises the bar in rap music, incites competition and urges artists to do better. Other folks feel like Lamar's lyrics are a cheap shot and unnecessary. Lamar is an LA rapper (West Coast) and to declare himself the king of New York (East Coast) is just ridiculous, with which I agree. Has this guy heard of Jay Z, who has a stake in the basketball team the Brooklyn Nets, in Brooklyn, in New York? *Haji pledges Jay Z allegiance with tweet*.

So now that we're all caught up, here's a look at five reactions in memes:

1. Will all the New York rappers say "I"?


2. Obviously Jay Z and Diddy fill their days with Kendrick banter:


3. Comedian Kevin Hart donates his two cents on the situation:


4. Kanye just can't handle it right now:


5. And Drake ... shame:

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee became Africa’s first social media editor in a newsroom at the Mail & Guardian, where she went on to work as deputy digital editor and a disruptor of the peace through a weekly column. A stint as the program manager for Impact Africa – a grant-disbursing fund for African digital journalists – followed. She now pursues her own writing full time by enraging readers of EWN and Women 24 with weekly and bi-monthly columns respectively. She also contributes to the Sunday Times and a range of other publications. Mohamed Dawjee's inaugural book of essays: Sorry, not sorry: Experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa, is due for release by Penguin Random House in April 2018.Follow her on Twitter: @sage_of_absurd Read more from Haji Mohamed Dawjee

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