If after "The Heart Part 4" and "Humble," you didn't think that Kendrick Lamar would diss Big Sean on his new album again, you were sorely mistaken. The rapper released DAMN. on April 14, and, although "The Heart Part 4" doesn't make an appearance on the album, he still throws plenty of rumored insults Big Sean's way. While the lyrical content in "The Heart Part 4" and "Humble" led to speculation, Lamar's "Element" brings his feud with Big Sean to a whole new level where pretty much no speculation is required.
Although Complex theorized that "Element," "Pride," and "Humble" from DAMN. could all be targeting Big Sean, only one of those songs uses the other rapper's own music against him. The beginning of "Element" seems to be (as in, most definitely is) riffing on Big Sean's "I Don't F*ck with You." Saying that Lamar is sampling Big Sean is kind of a stretch since it's only for a moment, but Kid Capri on Lamar's song certainly seems to be mimicking the way Big Sean sings, "I don't give a f*ck/I don't give a f*ck/I don't, I don't, I don't give a f*ck" from his 2014 song.
You can hear for yourself by listening to the opening moments of "Element" ...
... and then comparing it to Big Sean's "I Don't F*ck with You."
The similarities are pretty impossible to deny and, of course, Twitter noticed — because how could it not?
Kendrick spanked Sean on that Element jawn— Justin Davis (@OGJOHNNY5) April 13, 2017
Kendrick is definitely taking shots at Big Sean on Element😂😂— Levi Escobar (@TheOneNOnlyLevi) April 14, 2017
Was the beginning of Kendrick "ELEMENT" a diss toward @BigSean?— Michael Taylor (@tweetsbymiket) April 14, 2017
Beyond the slight sample, there is more evidence of Lamar taking on Big Sean in "Element." For example, the chorus could be saying he's smacking down the othe rrapper with style, like he did back in 2013 on Big Sean's own song, "Control."
And the start of the second verse "I'm allergic to a bitch n*gga, ayy/An imaginary rich n*gga, ayy" could be about Sean too.
101% convinced kendrick lamars song "element" was meant to diss big Sean 👀👀— Jericho Palado (@Jpala17) April 14, 2017
The annotators at the lyrics site Genius even theorized that these lines from the third verse:
Could be a continuation of these lyrics from "The Heart Part 4":
While Big Sean definitely seems to be Lamar's main target because of the intro using "I Don't F*ck with You," I don't mean to neglect the other rapper that Lamar could potentially be throwing shade at — Drake. Drake is in good company alongside Sean when it comes to the rhymes that Lamar threw down in "Element" and other songs off of Damn. But, if you've been following the battle between Lamar and Big Sean intently, then "Element" gave you all the gossipy goodness to get you through. Now, it's time to sit back and see how Big Sean will react.