Drake Dodged A Bullet At Michael Rubin’s White Party Since DJ Didn’t Play Kendrick Lamar

Drake is in for a jump-scare whenever he’s going out now that Kendrick Lamar‘s “Not Like Us” diss is a smash hit, but some crowds know how to read the room. Moreover, according to alleged sources who reportedly spoke to TMZ, every DJ at Michael Rubin’s White Party on Fourth of July (which Drizzy attended) did not play any of K.Dot’s music at the event. Apparently, one of the aux-masters was a friend of Travis Scott‘s, and along with La Flame, Lil Wayne, Quavo, and other folks on OVO’s good side (for now…), they all seemed to have a blast. Even though nothing happened, we’re sure it would’ve been quite the moment if everyone looked at the Toronto superstar while they could hear “Wop, wop, wop, wop, wop!” in the background.

Of course, the same goes if Kendrick Lamar was, say, cruising around Los Angeles and he heard “Drop, drop, drop, drop” in the street. His feud with Drake has absolutely dominated hip-hop discourse this year, and he’s making sure that his rival doesn’t soon forget it. On the Fourth of July, the same day that this White Party went down, Kendrick dropped the “Not Like Us” music video. Talk about kicking someone while they’re down… or up, we guess, since we’re sure Michael Rubin and company were a welcome distraction.

Drake At Michael Rubin’s White Party

Regardless of those jokes, some pictures of Drake at the White Party this year raised some fans’ eyebrows. Many commented that it looks like he aged a couple of years in just days as a result of the Kendrick Lamar battle, which is honestly a tad ridiculous. Call it confirmation bias, reaching, or just plain hating, but perhaps this clowning would be less common if the “Wick Man” MC didn’t just lose in a rap beef in many’s eyes. Maybe it was the party that drained him, instead.

Meanwhile, even though die-hards like DJ Akademiks are doubting Drake’s comeback, it’s still far too soon to tell whether this Kendrick Lamar battle will really affect him. Let’s see what happens when a new album cycle starts up, and then we’ll have that conversation. For now, at least he knows that the aux is safe at any Michael Rubin event, or just any public setting he goes to. We’ll see what happens when someone inevitably dares to throw Mustard on the beat in the 6ix God’s vicinity.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output.

Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond.

Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C.

His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.