Questlove says “hip-hop is dead” after Drake v Kendrick Lamar beef
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Questlove says “hip-hop is dead” after Drake v Kendrick Lamar beef

Philadelphia rapper and former member of The Roots collective Questlove is a hip-hop icon and has made massive contributions to the culture over the years. As a producer, DJ and film director, the musician (real name Ahmir Thompson) is a highly sought-after creative and true creative.

As a well-respected artist and writer, people take Thompson’s opinion seriously. That said, as Kendrick Lamar and Drake’s beef rages on, the Philadelphia emcee has decided to give his opinion and, in an Instagram post, claimed that “hip-hop is truly dead.”

The Things Fall Apart creator has labelled the war between Kendrick Lamar and Drake as a battle devoid of facts and spurred on by fans who have no idea what they are supporting. Thompson’s post began, “Nobody won the war. This wasn’t about skill. This was a wrestling match level mudslinging and takedown by any means necessary — women & children (& actual facts) be damned.”

It continued, “Same audience wanting blood will soon put up ‘rip’ posts like they weren’t part of the problem. Hip Hop truly is dead.” Although there are no ways to verify the various accusations, many would argue that the sort of insults being exchanged by Lamar and Drake are par for the course concerning rap feuds. 

The “Women & Children” part of Thompson’s post highlights how Drake and Kendrick have brought family and children into the beef in a very personal way.  However, this is not something new when it comes to rap beef, and Pusha T focused heavily on Drake’s son in 2018 when he released ‘The Story Of Adidon’. 

Questlove captioned the Instagram post, writing, “Here We Are Now…Entertain us,” quoting Nirvana’s 1991 hit ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ However, many fans were quick to point out the musician’s hypocrisy. 

Many users on Twitter/X highlighted how Thompson played the drums for Jay-Z’s Unplugged live album in 2001. This project included ‘Takeover,’ Hov’s diss track against Nas and Mob Deep. 

One user wrote, “Wasn’t Questlove the drummer on ‘Unplugged’ live where Hov performed ‘Takeover?'” They continued, “A battle where women and children were also mentioned? Shut up, man.”