Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” Claims No. 1 Spot On Billboard Hot 100

Kendrick Lamar has been crowned the victor in his beef with Drake and is experiencing major wins elsewhere. “Not Like Us,” his West Coast-influenced record that has taken over the country, claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Not Like Us” marks the Compton, Calif. rapper’s first solo No. 1 single since 2017’s “Humble,” his fourth No. 1 single overall, and his 15th top 10 entry on the popular chart. K. Dot didn’t stop there, though; “Euphoria,” which debuted at No. 11 last week, shot up to No. 3 on the same chart. Future and Metro Boomin’s “Like That” from the end of March, which hosted Lamar’s fiery feature verse that sparked this entire feud, climbed up to No. 6. It originally held the No. 1 spot for three weeks and last week clocked in at No. 8.

This means that three K. Dot songs with disses aimed at the Toronto superstar make up the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. As for the recipient of said disses, Drake’s “Family Matters” debuted at No. 7, making the total number of diss songs within the top 10 an unprecedented four. Check out the full list of this week’s top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 below.

Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” was major for the West Coast and featured production from the legendary Mustard. On Monday (May 3), he expressed his excitement for this achievement via X by quoting lyrics from the record.

“Sometimes you really gotta pop out and show ni**as!!!!” he wrote. “To think . . . They really fronted on me and acted like I’m not who I am ! I’m thankful but not surprised; I never lost sight and stayed down. With my back against the wall is where I thrive.”

The California natives unloaded “Not Like Us” late Saturday evening nearly two weeks ago (May 4) amid Lamar’s back-and-forth with Drake. The Pulitzer Prize winner preceded that record with “Euphoria,” “6:16 In LA” and “Meet The Grahams,” with Drizzy’s “Family Matters” sandwiched between the final two releases. However, “Not Like Us” immediately had the biggest impact as it broke his opponent’s single-day streaming record on Spotify, which came with his 2021 record “Girls Want Girls” featuring Lil Baby.

Drake fired the final shot in the feud with “The Heart Part 6” and since then, both artists have been silent on the music front. Rumors swirled the internet about the battle being over, especially with fans interpreting “The Heart Part 6” as the five-time Grammy winner waving the white flag.

He seemingly confirmed that he was done with the verbal jousting with a social media post over the weekend, sharing an image of a soldier standing in front of cavalry to signify the “20 v 1” theme he referenced in “Push Ups” and “Family Matters.” His caption read “Good times. Summer vibes up next.”

Coincidentally, this comes six years after he feuded with Pusha T and bowed out of that battle after the Virginia rapper revealed he was hiding his son Adonis. That summer yielded one of the biggest years of his career with hits “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” “Nonstop,” and “In My Feelings.” Time will tell if the part-time crooner can replicate or surpass that success.