"Let that be a lesson" — Fans think Snoop Dogg wasn't invited to Kendrick Lamar's Pop Out show because he "played both sides"

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Snoop Dogg at 2023 Milken Institute Global Conference (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

Recently, fans have been pointing out that Kendrick Lamar didn't invite Snoop Dogg to his first performance at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California, since the infamous feud with Drake. The concert show was called The Pop Out: Ken & Friends and was a celebration for the Juneteenth Day.

A cohort of big names in the hip-hop industry was present and performed at the event, including stars like Remble, AzChike, Zoe Osama, Jason Martin, Chris Brown, etc. However, one major star missing from the star-studded guest list was none other than Snoop Dogg.

Netizens have speculated that Snoop Dogg wasn't allegedly invited because he refused to take sides and stayed on 'the fence' when asked to comment about the Drake-Kendrick Lamar feud. Taking up to X (formerly Twitter), some of Kendrick's fans were seemingly happy that Snoop Dogg wasn't invited while others were skeptical about the whole situation.

"Kendrick leaving Snoop out after he played both sides. Let that be a lesson," one person commented.
"I’m soooo glad he did snoop like that… I’m sooooooo glad yall," expressed another person.
"Snoop has always played both sides," commented another netizen.
"Snoop wanted to play the fence Dot said iight bet," said one person.

Other fans were serious and claimed that it was a lesson for Snoop Dogg for taking both sides at once.

"Snoop has ALWAYS been a fence rider. That’s why Pac wasn’t fw him," opined another netizen.
"Old man wanna play that both sides s**t… #Thatsnotgonnawork," wrote another person on X.

What did Snoop Dogg say about the Drake-Kendrick beef?

Snoop Dogg at 2022 MTV VMAs – Arrivals (Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global )
Snoop Dogg at 2022 MTV VMAs – Arrivals (Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global )

In an interview by Entertainment Tonight posted on May 28, 2024, Snoop Dogg was asked about the ongoing diss battle between Drizzy and Kendrick Lamar. However, the 52-year-old rapper chose to stay neutral on the entire situation.

According to Snoop Dogg, the best thing about the feud is that the two rappers have raised the standards of lyricism in the rapping industry and he lauded them for that. Snoop Dogg commented:

“The only thing I want to say about that whole scenario is that I want to give both of them a shout-out for raising the bar as far as lyricism.”
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Thereafter, the Nuthin' But a G Thang rapper went on to address the two as his 'nephews' and commented that he didn't want to poke his nose in their 'personal business.' He added:

"As far as song making, the writing has been up since the confrontation or whatever you call whatever. Those are both of my nephews, and that’s personal business. I don’t get into personal business. As far as the genre and the rap game, they made you rap again. You can’t just mumble your way through songs anymore.”

Snoop's neutrality in the entire fiasco comes after Drake used his AI-generated voice in his diss track Taylor Made Freestyle as a response to Kendrick Lamar.

The musical number featured the AI-generated voices of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur but had to be taken down shortly after Tupac's estate threatened to sue Drizzy. In the track, Snoop Dogg's AI-generated voice could be heard rapping the lines:

"Nephew, what the [expletive] you really ’bout to do?/ We passed you the torch at the House of Blues/ And now you got to do some dirty work, you know how to move, right? Right?"

Kendrick Lamar and Drake's feud briefly explained

Drake at LA Premiere Of HBO's "Euphoria" - Arrivals (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Drake at LA Premiere Of HBO's "Euphoria" - Arrivals (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The beef between Kendrick Lamar and Drake has been one of the most talked about feuds in recent hip-hop history. After some friction in 2013, things had died down between the two before rapper J. Cole released his track First Person Shooter in March 2024.

In the track, the rapper called himself, Drake and Kendrick Lamar 'the Big Three'. This triggered the rap battle between Drizzy and Lamar as the former released tracks like Push Ups and Taylor Made Freestyle.

Kendrick was quick to reply with tracks like 6.16 in LA and Euphoria, but the battle took off when Drizzy released Family Matters on May 3. In the track, the Canadian rapper accused Lamar of alleged domestic violence among other things.

Kendrick Lamar at Visa Cash App RB Formula One Team 2024 Livery Reveal (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Cash App)
Kendrick Lamar at Visa Cash App RB Formula One Team 2024 Livery Reveal (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Cash App)

Lamar's response came just a few hours later in Meet the Grahams where he accused Drizzy of allegedly fathering an anonymous child. His next track, Not Like Us, was released a day later and further elaborated on the allegations made in Meet the Grahams.

It is important to note that none of these allegations against any of the rappers have come with any substantial proof. Drake replied in his track The Heart Part 6, where the rapper denied the claims made by Kendrick Lamar.

Although the beef has simmered down now, none of the rappers have further commented on the conclusion of their infamous feud.

Edited by Ameen Fatima
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