The pgLang rappers released their latest collaborative effort on Tuesday (May 30), with the Bon Iver-sampling song being accompanied by a grainy video capturing Kendrick and Keem having fun as they travel the world.
Fans took to social media following its release to claim they stole Drake’s flow from his Honestly, Nevermind track “Sticky” while pointing out the similarities in the songs’ beats.
“Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem used Drake’s Sticky flow and this is how it came out,” one fan wrote on Twitter, while another said: “Yooo everyone fucking with that new Kendrick!! Now give Drake his credit for predicting dance music was the new wave cause Hillbillies is just Kendrick’s version of Sticky.”
Someone else joked: “Drake after listening to the new Kendrick & keem song” next to a clip of Soulja Boy on The Breakfast Club yelling: “He copied my whole fucking flow! Word for word! Bar for bar!”
One listener even claimed that Kendrick was not jacking his longtime rival, but “clowning” him — supporting their case by comparing K. Dot’s lyrics to Drake’s globe-trotting bars on “Middle of the Ocean.”
Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem used Drake’s Sticky flow and this is how it came out 🤔 pic.twitter.com/wzWxch9iaN
— futuro (@futurexo) May 30, 2023
Yooo everyone fucking with that new Kendrick!! Now give Drake his credit for predicting dance music was the new wave cause Hillbillies is just Kendrick’s version of Sticky https://t.co/VqIz4913kxpic.twitter.com/VKh3RRCkmD
— The Almighty👑 (@PolloAlmighty) May 30, 2023
Drake after listening to the new Kendrick & keem song: pic.twitter.com/Okys4puhWU
— CHAMPAGNE POETRY (@shadylibrary) May 30, 2023
how these dumbass drake fans can’t see that kendrick is not jacking drake he’s CLOWNING HIM💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/uZ4u3tPdmr
— lo keezy📎 (@lowkeezyy) May 31, 2023
If Baby Keem’s tweet is anything to go by, however, spoofing Drake’s “Sticky” might have been the whole point of “The Hilbillies.” To promote the song, Keem posted a link to its video on Twitter with the caption: “Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – The Hillbillies (Sticky Dub).”
On the track, Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem go back-and-forth about fame, women and designer clothes while comparing themselves to soccer stars Lionel Messi and Neymar.
“We gon’ fuck up the world/ Excuse me, but is that your girl?/ Didn’t mean to possess your girl/ Baby, I’m high-profile, don’t ever tell ’em you met me, girl/ They gon’ think that you rep me, girl, 5’7″, I’m Messi, girl,” Kendrick raps playfully.
Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem previously collaborated on “Savior” from K. Dot’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers in 2022, as well as “Family Ties” and “Range Brothers” from Keem’s 2021 album The Melodic Blue.
The release of “The Hilbillies” arrived shortly after Kendrick joined Beyoncé on the remix of her Renaissance cut “America Has a Problem” earlier this month.