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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Not Like Us’ Gives All The HBCU Vibes


Last week’s hip-hop beef between rappers Drake and Kendrick Lamar is still fresh on everyone’s mind. While the feud may have ended for the artists involved, it seems to have sparked a new beginning for HBCU campuses nationwide.

On May 4, 2024, during his ongoing feud with the Canadian rapper Drake, Kendrick Lamar released “Not Like Us,” less than 24 hours after his previous diss track “Meet the Grahams.” This song was the fourth installment in Lamar’s 2024 series of diss tracks aimed at Drake.

“Not Like Us” shattered records for most streams in a single day for a hip-hop song on the US Spotify charts. Moreover, the diss track has particularly resonated with HBCUs on campus and social media.

Simply put: Not Like Us is giving ALL the HBCU vibes.

The track has HBCU band lovers in particular, already thinking of what the arrangement will sound like. Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Not Like Us’ not only served to attack Drake, it also has turned into a viral dance track and is being declared a club banger.

While on his podcast, rapper Joe Budden immediately thought of HBCU marching bands upon hearing the track.

“YOU BETTER THANK YOUR F&&KING HEAVENS UP ABOVE THAT IT IS NOT HBCU SEASON!” Budden said. 

Budden and his co-hosts are shown in the viral clip imitating HBCU marching band members, saying “They gonna kill it!!! 

Online users discussed on social media how “Not Like Us” would impact HBCU band performances. Some even suggested which HBCU band would perform the best.

“I really can’t wait to see the HBCUs to get ahold of ‘Not Like Us’, one user wrote.

Share this story and let us know which HBCU you think will execute the best performance of Not Like Us!



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