In 2015 the Detroit-raised artist released the single “Me, Myself & I,” which many thought had diss lines directed at Lamar based on the social media reactions.
Sean later denied that he came at the West Coast native in the song and said the lyrics weren’t about anyone in particular.
Lamar’s name came into the conversation at around the 1:29:14 mark of the clip, with Sean saying he regrets how he dealt with the whole beef rumor.
“One of the people that, especially after Nipsey [Hussle] died, was important for me to connect with was Kendrick,” Sean explained. “Me and Kendrick got a history of songs … Kendrick been in my house before … He invited me to his mama house in Compton … Me and him have had a relationship as peers.”
“So when this whole Big Sean, Kendrick beef was going on, it was something I wish I would have spoken up about, because there was nothing,” he added. “When I say nothing, bro, I’m not even bullsh-tting you.”
The “One Man Can Change the World” rapper then brought up his 2016 song “No More Interviews” and how people thought it was about Lamar, which he said it wasn’t.
The way Sean saw it, if he ignored all of the pesky rumors they’d just go away.
Then in March 2017, Lamar dropped the song “The Heart Part 4,” and many said that he was going at Sean in the lyrics.
So the “Blessings” vocalist called Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, the CEO of Lamar’s label Top Dawg Entertainment, to see if the song was really about him. However, Top said it wasn’t.
Still, Sean said the rumors created an unspoken tension between him and the “Damn” creator, which is why he regrets not addressing things at that time.
“Fast forward, I let this sh-t go. He let that sh-t go. He never talked about it, and I never talked about it and I should’ve said something, “Sean explained. “I should’ve just came out and been like, ‘Naw, that ain’t it’ … But I didn’t.”
“I have a show for J. Cole‘s festival. I’m sitting next to Punch from TDE. He like, ‘Bro, wassup? You ever holler at Kendrick?’” he added.
“I damn near put it on the back burner in my brain. I’m like, ‘Damn, no I never did,’ and he’s like, ‘Man, you should definitely holler at him.’ Got his number and we communicated,” Sean explained. “The respect is mutual. It was literally nothing.”