Drake VS Pusha T : The Story So Far...
I'm not taking sides, I'm just here to watch...
So, you keep hearing about the Drake & Pusha T beef that's popped up again recently, and your feed is absolutely clogged right now - and with very good reason as this beef is blowing up to historic proportions...
Frankly, it's hard to follow it all. How did it start? Why has it popped off again now? If you haven't followed every single update along the way - NEVER FEAR - luckily for you we've compiled a complete history of the feud, told with support from the best Twitter memes that were born along the way. Well, born since Drake's SON was born anyway - oh yeah that might be a thing.. I'll explain below. You're in for a wild ride.
Allow me to set the scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny…
Take a deep breath: This all started in 2006 when Pusha T (in his group Clipse) fired shots at Lil Wayne for starting to wear BAPE, which they too wore, and started a feud. In the meantime, Drake signed to Lil Wayne’s label Young Money. In 2012, after years of subliminals, Pusha takes clear shots at new-sign Drake in ‘Exodus 23:1’. In 2013 Drake comes back with ‘Tuscan Leather’ where he defends his mentor Wayne. Pusha reignites the fire in 2016 with ‘H.G.T.V’ Freestyle’ where he brings back the claim the Drake uses a ghostwriter. In 2017, on Drizzy’s “playlist” More Life Drake once again questions the legitimacy of Pusha’s drug-rap style – “you’ll be tryna sell that story for the rest of you lives”. So...
Two households, both alike in dignity – I'm saying that now, in 2018, we have two camps pitted against each other:
• Drake with OVO (Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Majid Jordan, dvsn, Baka Not Nice etc) as well as his close allegiances with Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj..
• Pusha with G.O.O.D Music (Pusha T, Kanye West, Big Sean, Desiigner) as well as his close allegiances with Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz..
BEFORE WE GET STARTED - (OR MAYBE TO SOUNDTRACK THE WHOLE THING)
WATCH DRAKE'S 'NICE FOR WHAT' MUSIC VIDEO BELOW:
PHEW! So, what’s happening NOW?
Well, on fair Twitter where we lay our scene…
On the 25th of May, Pusha T releases his new album Daytona where he takes shots all over the place, and absolutely goes IN over the course of seven songs. On the final track, ‘Infrared’ he takes shots at Drake, reigniting this age-old beef. "It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin" King Push raps, once again bringing back the claim that Quentin Miller acted as a ghostwriter for Drake, a claim first made by Meek Mill in 2015.
Nicki Minaj is quick to defend Drake, saying that since Meek Mill brought up the ghostwriter claim in 2015 it’s become “old sh*t”. A recurrent theme in this beef, for a while anyway, is going to be Pusha claiming Drizzy used a ghostwriter, and Drake claiming Push's drug-rap persona is just for show.
On the 26th of May, only a day later, Drake comes back and releases the diss track ‘Duppy Freestyle’ in response. In the track Drake really goes out for Kanye, for Virgil Abloh, and calls out Pusha’s drug dealer rap persona. ‘Duppy’, by the way is a Jamaican Patois word that means a ghost or spirit – which has obvious connotations, but particularly so given that Kanye and Kid Cudi have an incoming collab album called Kids See Ghosts. He's firing shots back. This could also be Drake flexing his allegiances – as the word is also used a lot in UK slang to mean you’ve annihilated someone – the original Duppy Freestyle being made by Skepta in 2006, maybe he's showing who has his back.
On the track, Drake also reminds Pusha that Kanye once requested him to help in the writing of “30 Hours” and “Father Stretch My Hands” off of Ye’s last album The Life Of Pablo. This marks the beef spreading from just Pusha T vs Drake into a wider camp dispute – meaning we can expect more and more artists getting involved.
My only l̶o̶v̶e̶ hate sprung from my only h̶a̶t̶e̶ love.
Following a lyric in the track, it came out that Drake bought a signed Pusha T microphone when he was 17. “I had a microphone of yours, but then the signature faded / I think that pretty much resembles what's been happenin' lately”. This beef is getting emotional, and really does go way back to their roots.
Shortly following the release, Drizzy posted this invoice to Instagram, suggesting OVO sent G.O.O.D Music and Def Jam a $100,000 bill for “promotional assistance and career reviving”. Very. Well. Played.
TODAY, on the 30th May Pusha T, president of G.O.O.D. Music, responds – and OH MY does he respond. He released a ruthless new diss track on soundcloud ‘The Story of Adidon’ using Jay Z’s instrumental for ‘The Story of OJ’. In the track Pusha claims Drake had a baby with a pornstar, ‘Adidon’ being a portmanteau of ‘Adidas’ (hinting at Drake possibly jumping ship from Jordan to Adidas) and ‘Adonis’ which is the alleged name of his secret son.
Hang on this is HUGE! Champagne Papi... Champagne Papa?? Furthermore, in the track Pusha paints the picture that Drake’s dad wasn’t around for him when he was a child, and now he’s doing the same for the alleged son. OUCH. It’s getting so personal.
Later in the track, in response to Drake calling out Kanye, Pusha takes shots at Drizzy’s producer 40, who has multiple sclerosis. “OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick” … Push that’s just mean. Did he got too far?
These violent delights have violent ends...
What's more - the promo image for the track was dug up from a 2008 photoshoot which sees Drake wearing Jim Crow style blackface. Twitter goes wild. What else does King Push have up his sleeve? THIS GETTING UGLY.
This gets EVEN DEEPER – ‘Adidon’ is allegedly the actual name of Drake’s upcoming Adidas line (which makes sense given Drake’s love for slang like ‘don’ that’s also popular with grime artists) and now ‘Adidon’ is immediately being associated with Pusha T and Drake in blackface. There are levels to this. Potentially sabotaging an entire marketing campaign would be something we've never seen before. Everywhere Drake goes to promote his new album, he'll have to answer questions about his alleged son and about why he was in blackface. Calculated.
Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.
MEANWHILE, on May 29th, Quentin Miller (Drake’s alleged ghostwriter that Pusha mentioned in ‘Infrared’) has said he would start “addressing everything… once and for all” and subsequently dropped ‘Destiny (Freestyle)’... which might not give you all the answers you were hoping for.
AND – Noah Shebib ie 40, Drake's producer, responded to Pusha’s outlandish diss via a very respectable tweet:
Drake has been quiet in response so far - but there are suggestions from his camp that instead of another response diss track, Drake’s going to put out a catchy pop hip-hop track that has everyone singing along to the Pusha disses. That right there would be Drake playing to his strengths. And of course, Twitter was quick to give their own suggestions...
Where can it go next? Will Drake respond or just continue with his album promo? Has King Push got MORE? Will Kanye speak out? What about Skepta, and Drake’s other grime allegiances? Lil Wayne? I'd say that the world is holding its breath waiting for Drake's response - but check Twitter and see that at this point anyone and everyone is putting their word in... including.. the fictional version of Diplo..? AND real Diplo?! We are witnessing HISTORY here people!
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
As this unfolds, I'm hoping for a "FIND OUT NEXT TIME ON D-D-D-DRAKEON BALL Z" meme. Anyone? No?..
Anyway, In the meantime, whilst this gets out of hand and I go grab some popcorn, Drake’s released a new track ‘I’m Upset’ (well I mean it came before Pusha's track, but honestly it's only more apt now) with artwork that suggests it's from the upcoming album Scorpion that’s expected to drop next month! You can check that out HERE.
Words by Alex Beach