Kendrick performs solo in LA at the 2016 American Music Awards.
By Jeff Kravitz/AMA2016/FilmMagic.
Have you ever been between two friends in a spat? It feels like a roller coaster whose main feature is seats that slowly squeeze inward until you are pulpy dust. Now multiply that feeling by headlines and fan-forum discussions and super-public interview questions, and you’ll get a sense of what it’s like for all those caught in the middle of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry over the last several some-odd years. Kendrick Lamar seems to have navigated his way out.
The feud as it pertains to Lamar involves “Bad Blood,” a Swift single to which he lent a couple verses for the 2015 remix. Oh, gosh, must we recap the fight? Let’s do it very quickly: once upon a time in 2012 or 2013, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry shared a few backup dancers. Perry wanted the dancers for a tour, and so they came along for the tour. It was a poaching incident. This according to Perry, who told James Corden all about it on a “Carpool Karaoke” segment earlier this year. Swift has only ever mentioned the incident in a Rolling Stone interview from 2014 (no names were named), but “Bad Blood” was always rumored to be about their broken friendship.
Which brings us to Kendrick Lamar, now in Rolling Stone, answering for their beef. He says (while laughing a whole lot, apparently!):
No, I wasn’t aware of that, bro. That’s a great question. No! On the
record, no. Which makes it even more funny now, for sure. That’s far
beyond my concern. I have to stay away from that, for sure. That’s
some real beef
Yes, you read that right. He would like to be excluded from this narrative, a phrase which incidentally draws it’s rhetorical origin from a Swift statement given during an entirely different feud, one between Kanye West and Swift. On the rocky road of celebrity inter-personal etiquette, one never knows when one is going to be pulled in—and if one can claw one’s way out. And anyway, an overt he-said, she-said kind of feud is not Lamar’s style. Just ask Drake.
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