Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Not Like Us’ debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list

On April 30, Kendrick Lamar finally responded to Drake’s weeks-long attempts to “beef.” Kendrick dropped “Euphoria,” which contained plenty of shade and gossip, but mostly served as a warning to Drake: drop this or else I will destroy your life and career. Drake did not pay heed to Kendrick’s warning, and on May 3, Drake released “Family Matters.” Kendrick dropped “Meet the Grahams” one hour later that Friday night, revealing that Drake has a secret 11-year-old daughter, that Drake is on Ozempic, that Drake is a human trafficking degenerate and pillhead and more. Drake was stunned. Too stunned to do much of anything. Which made it even funnier when Kendrick dropped “Not Like Us” Saturday evening. Where “Meet the Grahams” was a heavy, dark song, “Not Like Us” is upbeat and it quickly became the song no one could get out of their heads, even with the declaration that Drake and his clique are “certified pedophiles.” Plus, it’s a brilliant song lyrically and gossip-wise too. All of which to say, “Not Like Us” has become one of the biggest hits of Kendrick’s career and it debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The seething rap battle between Kendrick Lamar and Drake spills into the upper reaches of the latest Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, tilted in the former’s favor. Lamar’s “Not Like Us” launches at No. 1, while his “Euphoria” soars at #3 in its second week on the survey. Plus, Future, Metro Boomin and Lamar’s former three-week leader “Like That” reignites at #6. Meanwhile, Drake debuts at No. 7 with his top-charting entry in the clash, “Family Matters.”

Lamar lands his fourth Hot 100 No. 1 and ups his career count to 15 top 10s. Drake adds his record-extending 78th Hot 100 top 10.

[From Billboard]

For the record, “Like That” is Future’s song and Kendrick just has a feature in it, which he referred to as a “throwaway.” Still, Drake was mad about “Like That,” to the point where he tried to issue a cease and desist, and that’s the song which seemingly started this current beef. Drake was mad about “Like That” and he begged Kendrick to play his game. I love that “Euphoria” is also getting love because that song has really grown on me. I listened to “Meet the Grahams” again this weekend and yeah… that’s not going to play in any club. But as soon as “Not Like Us” came out, everyone knew that it would be playing at clubs, cookouts and sporting events. It’s going to be the song of the summer. Unless Kendrick drops another one, which he seriously might.

Also: “Not Like Us” is breaking all kinds of streaming records, records which used to be held by Drake. It’s also producer Mustard’s first #1. Over 37 million YouTube views is pretty insane too.

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31 Responses to “Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Not Like Us’ debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list”

  1. Elo says:

    I have been down the rabbit hole on this lol. It’s about time someone called Drake out publicly. He’s a pop star and everything about him is fake. He needed to be exposed for his gross behavior too.
    Not Like Us is so catchy, as is BBL Drizzy. Kendrick may have more- but he already won.

  2. CommentingBunny says:

    The way A minorrrrrrrrrrr lives rent-free in my head.

    • Kathleen says:

      ++1

    • Delphine says:

      The first time I heard that line my jaw hit the floor. Best double entendre I’ve heard in a long time.

    • terra says:

      Plus, the implications it has on Drake’s making music in the future. Every time someone wants to take another shot at him in the future they’ll just talk about musical theory and bring up his utter devastation at Kendrick’s hands all over again.

  3. LooneyTunes says:

    I haven’t streamed rap in about 10 years; I’m listening to Not Like Us on repeat. The best is catchy and the lyrical play is genius. Drake FAFO’d. Poor little Tink Tink.

  4. Sara says:

    Drake should’ve been happy being a pop star- now all his business is getting aired.

  5. Concern Fae says:

    Several of those listens were me. If someone’s diss track about you reaches me, you’ve done wrong.

  6. Oh come on. says:

    Love this track, Kendrick is a lyrical genius, and Drake has fully earned the dog-walking he got.

    But what did the rest of us Black Canadians do to Kendrick? Come on. Colonizers? Really?

    • truthSF says:

      He literally only called Drake a colonizer. What are you on about?!

      • Oh come on. says:

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m Team Kendrick on this. Drake has been a confirmed dick and pedophile for years.

        What I’m on about is that altho It’s true he only calls Drake a colonizer for coming to Atlanta to make music and gain cred, the title is “*They* Not Like Us.” Not “He Not Like Us.” That sounds to me like he’s saying not only Drake but others aren’t legit Black people?

        I mean I’m sure Kendrick could gaf how I feel about it, and I’m streaming that song like everybody else. But fwiw, we are few but real.

      • truthSF says:

        The “They” he’s referring to is about Drake and crew. Including shady people and 20 ghostwriters.some of which are from America, not Canada. Stop trying include yourself in it, when he’s talking about a specific group of ppl. Even J. Cole got the point.

      • OriginalLeigh says:

        Kendrick was not dissing all Black Canadians. He was referring to a specific line in Family Matters where Drake says Kendrick is rapping like he’s trying to “free the slaves.” His point is that Drake leeches off of Black American culture for profit but does not try to gain any understanding of the history or the struggles. By the way, this wasn’t even the first time that Drake made an inappropriate reference to slaves. In a previous song he talked about wanting to chain and whip a woman “like a Black American slave.” Drake is seriously gross. He should really make more of an effort to educate himself (especially since he is also a descendant of American slaves).

    • Lily t says:

      I think you need to listen to the song a few more times. With the term “Colonizer” Kendrick is referring to Drake specifically. He speaks about Drake going to places like Atlanta (a Mecca for Black American music/culture) and making features with popular artists. He takes from them when he “needs a check” and leaves. Colonizer behavior.
      The line was brilliant and brutal.

  7. truthSF says:

    Euphoria is my absolute favorite, but Not Like Us is a certified club/cookout banger. It deserves it’s #1 debut on billboard.

    Besides, Drake has been a certified colonizer to our music for his entire career. Alot of Black ppl had a problem with him for stealing upcoming rapper’s style and flow, promising to give them a feature, and then burying their music to stay on top. J Cole was not the problem, and I’m glad he bowed out of this mess.

  8. sevenblue says:

    Drake was so stupid that he was making fun of Kendrick’s numbers. Kendrick showed him that he would sell more than him if he wanted to.

  9. Mads says:

    Dear Friends, “Not Like Us” had my 85 year old Latina mother lifting one hand in the air and doing a Cumbia hip motion while walking down the stairs as I obsessively watched reaction videos on YouTube. If Kendrick Lamar can get a sweet old lady doing that?!, he can do anything.
    Now I have to play this song again. BTW, Every song he released has at least a few stunning moments.

  10. Kitten says:

    It’s weird seeing folks “discover” Kendrick for the first time but whatever it takes I guess. Thank TikTok.

  11. I am straight up ADDICTED to this song and can’t stop playing it, help!! 😭Anyways, Congratulations to Kendrick, I absolutely love this for him! And Drake. 🤣

  12. yellowy says:

    Thrilled for Kendrick. He’s given us so
    Much music these past two weeks.

    I’ve loved all of the BBL Drizzy verses on TikTok and Twitter.

  13. Lisa says:

    I mean it’s a bop! So this is not shocking at all. I’m only surprised he isn’t the one and two spot. But yeah They not like us hit hard, I mean it’s the dodgers walk out song.

  14. Digital Unicorn says:

    Wow that track is a sick sick burn – Drake is going to need more than a team of lawyers to recover from it. You could tell Kendrick was angry, at times he could barely contain it.

    Drake needs to go away and think long and hard about his life choices.

  15. Eowyn says:

    All of this. And there is a Black Canadian hip hop scene. And Black Canadian English (very Jamaican English influenced). Which Drake has also appropriated, not having grown up in those neighborhoods and communities in Toronto.
    Unfortunately he is a biracial Black persona that sees the multitude of Black diasporas as characters to put on for profit. He has gross fetishes about Black women apparently? Doesn’t love or respect his Blackness or anyone else’s.

  16. TheBayTea says:

    Kendrick nails why Drake has always rubbed me the wrong way (besides the fact I hate his general mumble rap style). It feels like he tries on black culture when it suits him and discards it when he’s done.

    Oh and we all remember the Millie Bobby Brown rumors when she was underage. He’s so sleazy.

  17. Grant says:

    Ok, I can be tacky AF but I must say — I love those Chanel sunnies!

  18. Normades says:

    Drake is so stupid bringing up Millie’s name. K was just going to leave her out of it. But we all know she was 13 when they started hanging out and that’s just creepy.

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