Kendrick Lamar “Not Like Us” video: The best moments

After dominating streaming platforms for two months, Kendrick Lamar finally unveiled the music video for “Not Like Us”—and on July 4, of all days. Let's just say it's a victory lap all the way, especially considering some of the symbols and shots were aimed at dismissing some of Drake's key arguments during the feud. Nonetheless, the visuals of “Not Like Us” will undoubtedly extend its lifespan throughout the summer.

The music video, directed by Dave Free and Kendrick Lamar, came shortly after the Juneteenth concert at the Kia Forum, where virtually every rapper in Los Angeles came together on stage for a moment of unity. The music video is another moment that exemplifies that effort. Plus, the symbolism in the image will have you looking back to spot some of the cryptic messages you didn't get the first time around.

New snippet

We were lucky enough to receive four new songs from Kendrick Lamar in just a few days, but it looks like we could be getting even more music in the near future. Kicking off the “Not Like Us” video is a snippet of new music that will hopefully be released soon.

Spank your ass and hide the Bible when God is watching'”

Simply a sophisticated interpretation of the bar.

Tommy the Clown and the general choreography

Tommy The Clown's performance embodied Los Angeles to a great extent. Tommy's performance at Pop Out was a staple of all West Coast culture and was undoubtedly one of the biggest highlights. Having him basically help direct the music video felt like a nod to Los Angeles history, both in the music and the dance. Plus, the choreography and shots in the final verse brought a lighthearted touch to such a vicious song.

Kendrick plays heaven and hell

Considering the nature of the song and the allegations Kendrick made against Drake, the heaven-and-hell scene coinciding with the line “A-Minor” is certainly no coincidence.


With the viral clip of Kendrick randomly doing push-ups in Compton while soul music and Drake's “Push Ups” are playing in the background, Kendrick has really driven home the importance of calisthenics exercises. Also, in “Meet the Grahams,” Kendrick tells Adonis to “do some push-ups” instead of using Ozempic. It seems like the DAMNED. rapper is trying to lead by example. However, considering how many Easter eggs we're still picking out of the feud two months later, this particular image might reference this TikTok Drake made with a young fan last year. That's just a guess.

The OVHoe Pinata

WOP, WOP, WOP, WOP, WOP, WOP/ Dot, f*ck her up!

DJ Mustard and Kendrick at Tam's Burgers

Kendrick Lamar and Mustard top it off in front of Compton's local hangout, the legendary Tam's Burger.

Demar Derozan has a cameo appearance

The former Raptors star also makes a cameo in the music video after joining Kendrick Lamar on stage for the pop out. Obviously, his Compton pride is the focus here, but I'd imagine Raps fans today might feel a little cheated.

Family performance

After dragging Kendrick's wife and children into the argument, the Lamars seem to have the last laugh in the video for “Not Like Us.”

Dave Free also has a cameo appearance

“Everyone under one roof” really doesn’t age well.

The TDE meeting

Black Hippy reunites with the executives of Top Dawg Entertainment. Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q performed onstage with Kendrick at the Pop Out concert in June.

The city is reinforced, we have to get out!

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