Kevin Durant Settles Kendrick Lamar vs J Cole Debate With Interesting Answer

Kevin Durant Settles Kendrick Lamar vs J Cole Debate With Interesting Answer

  • Kevin Durant has said he was a Kendrick Lamar fan, but now he is a big J Cole fan
  • The Brooklyn Nets star said Cole's music is what he likes, but complimented Lamar
  • There have been debates about who is the better rapper between J Cole and Lamar

Hip-hop has had an undeniable influence on basketball culture, especially the NBA. Many players have admitted that being name-dropped in a hip-hop song means they have arrived in the big leagues.

On J Cole's 38th birthday, Kevin Durant heaped praise on the rapper and chose him when asked to pick between him and Grammy award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant is a big hip-hop fan. Photos by Joseph Okpako, Elsa and Joseph Okpako.
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Debate on who is the best between the two generational rappers have existed for a while, and fans once went berserk when a joint album was floated around on social media a few years ago. The two, therefore, each have loyal fan bases.

In hip-hop, the two rappers have always been held in high regard by people from different generations. Cole is a huge basketball fan. In 2021, he played in the Basketball Africa League for the Rwandan side the Patriots BBC.

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Durant makes his pick

There's no denying that both Lamar and Cole are elite rappers. Their albums have always been nominated for several awards. Cole has been nominated 16 times in the Grammys and won once.

Meanwhile, Lamar has been nominated 47 times and won 14 times. However, Durant prefers Cole.

"I used to say Kendrick. I used to say clear-cut Kendrick every time. But, as I got into him myself and what I like, Cole is more of my style of rap. He's an East Coast dude, he speaking the way I want to listen to rap. Kendrick, fire too, but it's just different for me. If I'm choosing, I'd choose Cole."

Cole and Lamar have surely been the two best rappers n the last decade.

Fans reaction to Durant's remark

Fans were divided while other dismissed Durant's comments. Here are some of their reactions.


"I think it‘s just who you enjoy more but they definitely both the greatest rappers of our generation."


"Kendrick is closer to the goat spot then he is to Cole."


"There is no Kendrick Cole debate."


"It’s still kendrick, cole js more relatable to people."


"Should never be able to speak on rap ever again after this take."
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J Cole and Stephen Curry in an NBA game. Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE.
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Kevin Durant calls out Shaq

Sports Brief earlier reported on Durant calling out Shaquille O'Neal for not knowing new Lakers player Rui Hachimura.

The Brooklyn Nets star aimed a subtle dig at the Lakers icon with a Tweet.

O'Neal had previously slammed Hachimura, saying he doesn't know who he is and that the Lakers should only get players who will win them the NBA title.

Source: Sports Brief News