Earlier this year, after taking a break from music for personal reasons, the Detroit MC unveiled that he was dropping a new album, titled Detroit 2. Though the album is a follow-up to 2017’s I Decided, Detroit 2 is the sequel to his acclaimed 2020 mixtape of the same name. He returned to Twitter on Monday (Aug. 24) where he revealed that his fifth studio album would be out on Sept. 4. In response to fan’s excitement, Sean treated them with a preview of what’s to come and released a track off the album, “Deep Reverence,” which features a posthumous verse from Nipsey Hussle. Hussle was tragically gunned down in front of his Marathon clothing in March 2019. The track finds Sean opening up about many aspects of life and his mental state.
But what caught the fan's attention was some bars addressing his long-rumored beef with K-Dot. Rumors of tension between them first came up after Kendrick took a competitive aim at multiple rappers in his freestyle verse on Big Sean’s “Control” in 2013 — including Sean Don himself. Suspicions rose even more after he dropped “No More Interviews” in 2016, which many interpreted as a return volley to K-Dot.
On “Deep Reverence,” Sean revealed that Nip’s untimely death inspired him to reach out to his former collaborator to clear the air for good.
“After what happened to Nipsey, I reached out to Kendrick / It wasn’t even no real issues there to begin with / Lack of communication and wrong information from people fueled by their ego / It’s like mixing flames with diesel / Energy crazy, I realize that it’s a two-way street / What’s coming is going, if it don’t give you more, it drains you,” he raps on the song’s second verse.
“I was not beefing with nobody. I’m just rapping, n***a. It wasn’t like a specific person or else I would’ve said his name,” Sean explained. “I [saw] people saying that...I believe what you give your energy to, you attract and it grows. So, I see that and I’m like, ‘That’s some bulls**t.’
Take a listen to “Deep Reverence” below.
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