Kendrick Lamar performs diss track 'Not Like Us' for the first time, asks Drake to give Tupac's ring back

The rapper was joined by artists Dr. Dre, Ty Dolla $ign, Steve Lacy, Tyler, the Creator, Roddy Ricch, and YG at his 'Pop Out' concert.

Kendrick Lamar is taking a victory lap — and he wants everyone to watch.

On June 19, thousands of fans showed up to see the rapper perform at his Juneteenth Pop Out: Ken & Friends concert, which was also streamed live on Prime Video. Along with being a celebratory night for Los Angeles rap, the performance at the Kia Forum in Inglewood marked the live debut of the many Drake diss tracks born from his beef with his rap rival.

Lamar kicked off the show with his six-minute diss track “Euphoria,” which included a new line: “Give me Tupac’s ring back and I might give you a little respect.” The lyric is a reference to the custom ring previously owned by the late Tupac Shakur, which Drake purchased at a 2023 auction for over $1 million.

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Kendrick Lamar

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Also included in Lamar’s setlist were his other Drake diss tracks, “6:16 in LA” and “Like That” — but most notable was his choice to close with “Not Like Us,” which he then performed five times in a row.

After ending the song to the sound of thunderous applause, Lamar hit the replay button and gave the crowd four encores of the record-breaking diss track. Viral clips of the concert see the audience rapping along, with Lamar pausing in between to let the crowd deliver his scathing lyrics.

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Lamar's feud with Drake goes back several years, but it escalated to new levels in April, when the two rappers began trading insults across a series of new songs. If social media and Lamar’s concert are any indication, he’s been crowned the unofficial victor of the feud — in large part because of “Not Like Us,” which took the beef to the next level.

In the song, Lamar doubles down on his pedophilia allegations against Drake, accuses the rapper of "colonizing" Southern rap, and takes shots at his OVO entourage. The track broke Spotify records, becoming the hip-hop song with the most plays in a single day.

While Kendrick and Drake’s beef has been a sore subject in the hip hop community — earning the rapper’s criticism from several artists — others have rallied to show their support.

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Kendrick and Drake

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During his performance, the Compton-born rapper was joined onstage by nearly 30 California-native celebrities, including artists YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Steve Lacy, Roddy Ricch, Tyler the Creator, and Schoolboy Q, producer Mustard, NBA players DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook, and dancer Tommy the Clown. Dr. Dre even stepped in to deliver the haunting intro line for “Not Like Us,” whispering into his microphone, “I see dead people.”

Towards the end of the show, the celebs returned to the stage for a group photo and Lamar called the concert a celebration of their unity. "This shit gets me emotional, dog,” he told the crowd. “We done lost a lot of homies to this music shit, lot of homies to some street shit, and for all of us to be on this stage together? Unity from each side of motherf------ L.A?” He added, “This shit is special, man.”

See a clip of Lamar performing "Not Like Us" above.

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