The latest music beef to take over the rap game is courtesy of Pusha T and Drake. What started as two men exchanging jabs about writing credits has now turned dark, with one side alleging that the other has a secret child they refuse to acknowledge. We have just entered the Maury Povich level of rap beefs.
First, some background. Rapper Pusha T, who is best known from his time in the hip hop group Clipse (remember Justin Timberlake’s first solo single?) and later for working with Kanye West, has just released his latest album Daytona. Teaming up again with West, the album has been controversial from the jump, with West paying $85,000 for a picture of Whitney Houston’s drug-covered bathroom from the night she died, which is now the album cover for Daytona. So yeah, things are already hugely disrespectful.
On Pusha T’s lead single “Infrared,” he alleges that Drake doesn’t write his own raps and instead uses songwriter Quentin Miller, who Drake did work with on his 2015 mixtape “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” The song was released on May 25, with Drake delivering a response track the same day with his song “Duppy Freestyle.” In his new song, Drake dismisses Pusha T’s claims that he uses a ghostwriter and ends “Duppy Freestyle” by saying that Pusha T and West are starting the beef to make money off Drake’s name. Doubling down on the statement, Drake posted a mock invoice to Pusha T and West’s G.O.O.D. Music company later that day on Instagram. We usually don’t see letterhead in beef wars, but that’s pretty funny.
Nicki Minaj also weighed in, tweeting her support for Drake on Sunday. It appeared that the beef may have been over, but now Pusha T has doubled down and things are getting dark.
Releasing the single “The Story of Adidon,” Pusha T takes aim at many people in Drake’s life, including his parents, his producer, and a woman Pusha alleges Drake had a secret child with in 2017.
Pusha dropped the song on New York radio station Hot 97 late Tuesday night before uploading it to Soundcould and using a picture of Drake in blackface as the song artwork. On “The Story of Adidon,” Pusha raps about Drake’s father (“Dennis Graham stay off the gram, bitch I’m on one”) and Drake’s close friend and producer Noah “40” Shebib, rapping “OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick,” and “How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick.”
Shebib, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, addressed the line on his Twitter account, pointing out that May 30 is World MS Day.
Coincidentally… tomorrow is World MS Day. https://t.co/5ms9IJwV86
— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) May 30, 2018
Continuing to go low, Pusha also used his new track to bring up an old rumour that Drake is the father to a young boy he has refused to acknowledge. According to Pusha T and a handful of gossip sites, Drake is the father of a baby born in October 2017. The rumours began after Drake was spotted with former adult film star Sophie Brussaux, who went professionally by the name Rosee Divine. The two were photographed having dinner together in Amsterdam in January 2017, with TMZ running an unsubstantiated story in May 2017, reporting that Drake requested Brussaux have an abortion after telling Drake she was pregnant.
The gram has been buzzing for months about this porn star chick named “Sophie”, who was allegedly pregnant by #Drake, she had the baby a few weeks ago, but everyone was just waiting to see the baby’s pics….well apparently Drake saw them, and he followed Sophie this morning☝🏾😆 Looks like it is his!😱 This should get interesting😅 #TeaTENDERS
What’s true and what’s a rumour is still unclear, but what we do know is that making fun of someone suffering from multiple sclerosis and involving a baby in a musical beef are about as tasteless as you can get.
Here’s hoping Drizzy doesn’t stoop to the same level. Be the 6ix God you are, Drake, and keep it classy.