YG Calls Out Drake: 'When It's Smoke, Don't Ever Mention My Name'

YG is seemingly not happy being name-dropped by Drake in one of the diss tracks targeting Kendrick Lamar, sending a warning not to drag him into unwanted drama.

AceShowbiz - As the rivalry between Drake and Kendrick Lamar escalated, West Coast rapper YG had involuntarily found himself pulled into the fray. Although YG stayed neutral during the high-profile feud, he was surprisingly referenced by Drake in the diss track "Family Matters." Drake cynically used YG to undermine Lamar by asserting that YG had "banged a set" while Lamar hadn't. Understandably, this did not sit well with YG.

In his newly released single, "Weird," YG doesn't hold back his feelings about being dragged into the tumultuous battle. With the lines, "When it's smoke, don't ever mention my name / You gon' have me jeopardizin' my fame, jeopardizin' the gang, jeopardizin' where you hang, n**ga," YG unequivocally conveys his displeasure. Though he stops short of naming names, it doesn't take much for listeners to connect the dots.

YG and Drake share a collaborative history that dates back several years. Drake made a guest appearance on YG's 2014 debut single, "Who Do You Love?," which climbed to number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100. The duo teamed up again in 2016 for "Why You Always Hatin?," a track that peaked at number 62. That same year, YG served as the opening act for the Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour, cementing their friendly professional relationship.

Despite these collaborations, YG's bond with Kendrick Lamar apparently runs deeper due to their shared roots in Compton and mutual respect for each other's craft.

During an MTV interview from over a decade ago, YG expressed admiration for Lamar, saying, "It's A-1 to be able to get somebody like that on my record. I knew Kendrick before I blew up, he knew me before he blew up and be rocking with what I was doin' and I been rocking with what they was doin' so it's all love and respect."

Furthering the complexity, Mustard, YG's longtime collaborator and friend, produced Lamar's Drake diss and chart-topping single, "Not Like Us." It's clear that YG's allegiance lies with his West Coast compatriot, Kendrick Lamar, even amid rising tensions.

The ongoing Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar saga has its own layers, with each new diss track escalating the stakes. Drake's "Family Matters" and Kendrick's subsequent responses have kept fans on edge, but YG's stance is clear: when caught in the crossfire, some names are better left unsaid.

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