Wale was actually one of the rappers mentioned in Kendrick Lamar’s latest verse, who some seem to think is a diss to his close rap friends. But instead of being insulted, the “Love/Hate Thing” lyricist said he would’ve been more upset if he hadn’t been mentioned.
“I thank him for mentioning me in that category. I may have felt a certain way if he didn’t mention me,” he told Rolling Out in an interview. “He mentioned the rapper [Drake] who is going to sell the most records this year, and he mentioned the rapper who has sold the most records thus far in 2013. I think I’m in good company.”
He went on to give the Compton native his props for being a phenomenal rap artist.
“It was a great verse from Kendrick. But I think people are taking it the wrong way. He said my name and a few other names and also said he was the best rapper. I say that I’m the best rapper in every song I’m on; I just don’t call out names. He just did it a different way,” he said.
He continued, “It just hasn’t happened that way in a long time. Those [types] of records usually come from the bitter rapper who has had his time pass. Since it hasn’t been done by anyone in their prime, it felt shocking. Kendrick gave you a good verse and just named rappers while doing it. Every rapper brags in their own way. He took the position of, ‘whoever is standing in my way, I’m going to do something to you.”
“But I always feel that I’m the best rapper. There are a lot of rappers who have done it for a long time who will tell you that I’m their favorite rapper,” he said. “In this day and age, the hate is 10 times louder than the love. If someone says, ‘F**k you,’ it’s a scream. But if they say, ‘You’re the greatest,’ it’s a whisper.”