by Tucker Toole
Drake has yet again found himself at the head of another rap beef, only this time it’s with G.O.O.D. Music artist, Pusha-T.
For those who don’t remember, Drizzy engaged in a beef with rapper Meek Mill a couple years ago. This beef began when Meek Mill went to Twitter to call out Drake for not writing his own raps and relying on a ghostwriter.
Mill then took his thoughts to Twitter and stated “He ain’t even write that verse on my album and if I woulda knew I would have took it off my album….. I don’t trick my fans! Lol”. Mill was referring to the song R.I.C.O. that Drake was featured on with him in 2015. Drake then released his famous “Back to Back” Freestyle in response to Mill.
While Drake seemed to have squashed the Beef with Meek Mill, Ghostwriting rumors put him directly into another prominent rap battle with Pusha-T.
The beef between these two is nothing new. Pusha and Drizzy have said things about each other on various tracks in the past. Before Pusha-T went solo, he was still apart of the rap group Clipse when shots were fired at Drake’s mentor Lil-Wayne for wearing Bape on the cover of Vibe in 2006 after he had seen Pharrell Williams wear the shirt. In the song “Mr. Me Too” by Clipse featuring Pharrell Williams the two said: “N*gga bite the style from the shoes to the watches”, which is how the beef began.
As we fast forward to 2017, we see that after each of the two continued to take blows at each other Drake continued the beef by producing the song “two birds one stone” on his album More Life where he continued to throw shots at Pusha by saying:
“But really it’s you with all the drug dealer stories / That’s gotta stop, though /You made a couple chops and now you think you Chapo /If you ask me though, you ain’t lining the trunk with kilos / You bagging weed watching Pacino with all your n*gga / Like, ‘This what we need to be on,’ but you never went live / You middle-man in this shit, boy, you was never them guys / I can tell, ’cause I look most of you dead in your eyes / And you’ll be tryna sell that story for the rest of your lives.”
Pusha didn’t forget what Drake said and brought the beef back to life in his newly released album DAYTONA. He replied on the track “Infared” with: “The lyric pennin’ equal the Trumps winnin’ / The bigger question is how the Russians did it / It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin.” which refers to how Quentin Miller was Drake’s ghostwriter, and was the reason for drake and Meek Mills beef.
Drake responded within less than 24 hours of the newly released album with a response, and freestyle of his own called “Duppy Freestyle”. In the freestyle he admits how he was a fan of Pusha, and said that him and Kanye west owe him money for the promotion of his album: “I told Weezy and Baby “I’ma done him for you” / Tell ‘Ye we got a invoice coming to you / Considering that we just sold another 20 for you.”
Pusha took to twitter and asked Drake to send him the 20
Drake responded with an invoice for $100,000 for “promotional assistance and career-reviving”.
On may 29th, 2018 Pusha responded with the “Story of Adidon” which was sampled to the “Story of OJ” beat by Jay-Z from the album 4:44. The cover art for the song was a picture of Drake in “blackface”. In the song, Pusha went on to talk about Drake’s baby mother Sophie Brussaux, a former French pornstar and claims he’s a deadbeat dad to his son Adonis.
The following morning on The Breakfast Club, Pusha-T explains why the freestyle was titled story of Adidon, and it was because drakes new Adidas line which is about to drop is named after his son, he went on to say “Adonis is your son, and he deserves more than an Adidas press run”
Drake responded to the “blackface” photo in a statement that he published on his Instagram account. He has yet to confirm or deny the alleged baby or baby mother.
Drake’s album “Scorpion” is set to release sometime in June and we can be sure there will be a few more slugs, or shots thrown once it drops. Ultimately this beef has restored some sort of entertainment amongst hip-hop followers on social media as each rapper has been mocked or made fun of with memes, or clever tweets. This rap beef serves as more than entertainment though, it restores some hope that real rap is on its way back.