How Nipsey Hussle Inspired Big Sean to Make Peace With Kendrick Lamar

Mahlik Campbell

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CANNES, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Recording artist Big Sean speaks on stage during the Havas session at the Cannes Lions 2019 : Day Two on June 18, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images for Cannes Lions)

On the first single "Deep Reverence" from his forthcoming album Detroit 2, Big Sean unpacks how the passing of Nipsey Hussle, who's featured on the track, made him want to reach out to Nip's fellow Los Angeles hometown hero, Kendrick Lamar.

He raps, "After what happened to Nipsey, I reached out to Kendrick / It wasn’t even no real issues there to begin with / Lack of communication and wrong information from people fueled by their ego / It’s like mixing flames with diesel / Energy crazy, I realize that it’s a two-way street / What’s coming is going, if it don’t give you more, it drains you."

Differences between the two started back in 2013 via their "Control" collab alongside Jay Electronica, in which Kendrick tries to big homie Sean and other rappers, including J. Cole, Mac Miller and Drake.

Fans then speculated they were taking jabs at one another on follow-up songs like Sean's "No More Interviews" and K. Dot's "Humble."

But Sean and Kendrick seem to be on good terms as "peers." The former told Joe Budden earlier this year, "There was nothing and when I say, 'Nothing,’ I’m not even bulls******g you."

"It was something I wish I would’ve spoke up about,” Sean admitted. "There was nothing and when I say, ‘Nothing,’ I’m not even bulls******g you. You were one of the main people pushing the narrative. I can’t even fault you for that because… I was mad because at first, I was like, 'This is some bulls**t.'"

"Deep Reverence" has been attracting overwhelmingly positive reviews. Producer G. Ry even claimed in March that when the previously mentioned Jay Electronica heard the track for the first time, he had to walk out of the studio.