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Rappers Drake and Pusha T are in the midst of a rap beef. The intense drama may be confusing if you’re not plugged into the right social media circles, or if you’re not adequately immersed in hip hop culture. Let this pretty cool, white, 50-something dad from the ‘burbs explain and get you caught up.
It’s been a minute since I schooled you guys on the happenings of hip hop culture, but I need to skip the pleasantries and get right to the drama because we have a lot to talk about. And it involves my boy Drake, that dude Drizzy, so I’m sorry but it’s got me a little heated at the moment. Your boy is still sorting through the mess that occupied the TL last night.
The chatter started last week with the release of rapper Pusher T’s Kanye-produced album, Daytona. On the final track of the album, “Infrared,” Pusher takes some shots at Drake, basically accusing him of becoming successful on the backs and talents of other people in the rap industry. Savage.
“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”
The Quentin he’s referring to is Quentin Miller, a rapper and talented lyricist. Pusher is accusing Drake of using ghostwriters. That shit’s rude. But why would this fella Pusher T come at Drizzy like this seemingly out of nowhere? These two actually have an ugly past that goes back a ways, so let’s back up about 12 years and get into some rap beef history before we get to the current sitch.
Back in 2006, Pusher came for Lil Wayne’s neck on a joint called “Mr. Me Too.” He was talmbout some mess about how Wayne stole his clothing style.
“Wanna know the time? Better clock us
N*****s bite the style from the shoes to the watches”
So what does this have to do with Drake? Well Drake would go on to sign with Weezy’s label, Young Money Entertainment, aligning with the young rapper. When someone joins forces with your enemy, they, too, are the enemy. Or something like that. Dude had Drake in the crosshairs.
In a series of Pusher/Drake diss track exchanges between 2011 and 2017, the two would go at each other’s necks!
Pusher to Drake:
∙ you’re overrated, homie
∙ check yourself because you ain’t all that
∙ your contract is whack
Drake to Pusher:
∙ hey man I’m actually pretty famous so maybe direct that hatred elsewhere
∙ I got respect for Weezy my man and you need to calm down
Pusher back to Drake:
∙ yeah but you still use ghostwriters
∙ you’re fake
Drake back to Push:
∙ dude I’m not even sure you’re a drug dealer as you claim to be, so who’s the fake one here?
That last one was from Drake’s 2017 joint, “Two Birds, One Stone,” so it was pretty recent. That brings us to last week when Pusher once again decided to reignite this beef with some rather uncouth remarks about Drizzy’s alleged ghostwriters that he relies on for his rhymes. And his success. This dude Pusher keeps driving this narrative, huh? Got a player rattled over here.
The haters will always have some messed up things to say about my guy Drake, being a softer hip hop artist who had a stint as the lovable, wheelchair-bound character from Degrassi: The Next Generation, but something even those haters can’t say about his cat is that he sucks at delivering timely, well executed diss tracks. He even won a Grammy for a diss track one time! RIP Meek.
Alright so Drake clapped back at Pusher with a diss track by the name of “Duppy Freestyle,” a joint he released ON THE SAME DAY Pusher released his album. The same day! Who does that?! “Duppy,” by the way, is a Jamaican Patois word meaning ghost or spirit. One could surmise here that Drake is implying he killed Pusher, lyrically speaking of course. I don’t know though, fam.
Let’s break down some verses from Duppy and see what this dude talmbout:
“So if you rebuke me for working with someone else on a couple of Vs
What do you really think of the nigga that’s making your beats?
I’ve done things for him I thought that he never would need
Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me
I pop style for 30 hours, then let him repeat”
Drake is telling Push that maybe you need to chill out with these accusations, player. Your boy Ye, the one who’s making all your beats, needed my help on his very popular album, “The Life of Pablo.” Those are two hot tracks, too.
“Man, you might’ve sold to college kids for Nike Mercedes
But you act like you sold drugs for Escobar in the ’80s
I had a microphone of yours, but then the signature faded
I think that pretty much resembles what’s been happening lately”
Once again, Driz is saying Pusher T wasn’t the hardcore drug pusher that he claims to be. Like hey you’re not as hood as you say you are, Push. Seems like a fair criticism.
A lot of people don’t know this but Drake actually used to be a fan of Pusher’s. How the tables have turned! He even once purchased a microphone with Pusher T’s signature on it that he cherished. See for yourself.
Get em, Aubrey! We turnin back the clock on this shit now.
“And as for Q, man, I changed his life a couple times
Nigga was at Kroger working double time
Ya’ll acting like he made the boy when I was trying to help the guy”
This dude Quentin keep comin up like damn let this dude be, guys. He ain’t trying to get involved in this mess.
“It’s gonna be a cruel summer for you
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”
That’s how you close out a diss track, Drizzy. Let that dude Pusher know that getting involved in a beef like this is beneath you and largely beneficial for the lesser of the two rappers. He actually sent him in invoice, too.
This joint and subsequent delivery of invoice caused quite a stir on social media. The hip hop culture was abuzz about Drake lyrically murdering yet another rapper who dared to step to him. It wasn’t just that he put together such a fire diss, but he did it merely hours after Pusher’s album dropped. Huge. Similar to Meek Mill keeping quiet after Drake buried him, some expected Push to go away, too.
Set to the beat of Jigga Man’s “The Story of OJ,” Pusher dropped a diss track by the name of “The Story of Adidon.” To put it lightly, he went IN on the homie Drake. Drake hit Push with a few jabs, but Push retaliated with a million uppercuts below the belt. What transpired on Twitter after the joint dropped would be one for the books. It was a NIGHT.
“I’ll start it at the home front, “I’m on One”
Dennis Graham stay off the gram, bitch, I’m on one
You mention wedding ring like it’s a bad thing
Your father walked away at five, hell of a dad thing
Marriage is somethin’ that Sandi never had, Drake”
Pusher claims that Drake’s dad, Dennis, is a deadbeat who walked out on him when he was just a little kid. He also alludes to his mother, Sandi, not having a husband around. Damn. Shit getting next level personal.
“Monkey-suit Dennis, you parade him
A Steve Harvey-suit n***a made him.”
That dude deadass does dress like Steve Harvey, though. I’m not even gonna front about that. This made me laugh my butt off:
You’d think Pusher would dial it down a bit after these super personal lines but this dude turns up the HEAT, son!
“Since you name-dropped my fiancée
Let ’em know who you chose as your Beyoncé
Sophie knows better, ask your baby mother
Cleaned her up for IG, but the stench is on her
A baby’s involved, it’s deeper than rap
We talkin’ character, let me keep with the facts
You are hiding a child, let that boy come home
Deadbeat mothafucka’, playin’ border patrol, ooh
Adonis is your son
And he deserves more than an Adidas press run, that’s real
Love that baby, respect that girl
Forget she’s a pornstar, let her be your world, yuugh!”
The Sophie he’s referring to is Sophie Brussaux, a porn star who is also, according to Pusher, Drake’s baby mama. He’s claiming that Drizzy is hiding a son from all of us and perhaps paying her some hush money to keep this shit on the low low. Whoa. That’s a bold accusation, Push.
I hate to say it because I’m Team Drizzy to the bone, but Pusher is straight dragging him. As you’re listening to this bloodbath, you just kind of start hoping he’s done getting personal and the song comes to an end before it gets worse.
But he keeps going. And it gets uglier.
“OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick
How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick”
You see, “OVO 40” is the moniker of Noah Shebib, a producer who works on Drake’s beats. They’re boys. They make music together. An unfortunate truth about Shebib is that he has Multiple Sclerosis, an absolutely devastating disease that affects the nervous system and disrupts communication between the brain and the body. It often results in numerous debilitating symptoms that never go away.
Pusher didn’t have to do it like that, right? Tick tick tick, he says. Like the homie is legit not gonna live a long life and this cat is over here got jokes? Shit’s sad. He’s got a family, Push. The hell. Let’s call this thing, man. Enough is enough!
“Album of the motherfuckin’ year
And you talkin’ ’bout you upset
Well, I wanna see what it’s like when you get angry, okay?
You show me that”
But no. Push over here asking for more heat.
Will Drake give him more? Is he clapping back again? It’ll be interesting to see. We do know that Drake is currently working on a new album, Scorpion. Will he come out with another diss before that one is released? Will he pull away from this project to once again come for Pusher? Maybe his new album will feature diss number two? Let’s wait and find out. Lyrical blood all over the streets, man. You hate to see it..