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14 min readApr 15, 2024

After a 10-year break, No Doubt reunited this past weekend, headlining Coachella 2024. Billboard has a fantastic three-part recap, check it out here, here, and here. And you can still stream the rest of Coachella’s live sets happening April 19 through 21 on their YouTube channel.

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In our previous newsletter, we briefly discussed Kendrick Lamar’s unexpected diss towards Drake and J. Cole in the song Like That from Future and Metro Boomin’s album We Don’t Trust You. While we chose to focus on Beyoncé’s country record in that issue, we hinted at revisiting the feud later on. Well, that moment has arrived.

On Like That, Kendrick left no room for ambiguity, expressing his beef explicitly with the line, “First-person shooter, I hope they came with three switches… motherf*** the big three, it’s just big me.” This was a direct response to Drake and J. Cole’s 2023 track First Person Shooter, where J. Cole mused, “Love when they argue the hardest MC / Is it K-Dot? Is it Aubrey? Or me? / We the big three like we started a league,” solidifying the notion that Kendrick, Drake…

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