Today I woke up to the news that one of my favourite rappers had been killed. “R.I.P Pusha T” messages all over the timeline, less than 24 hours after his album release, say it ain’t so… and who was the culprit you ask? None other than Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham.
BUT having listened to Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle” diss – a response to Pusha T’s song Infrared – I have to say that rumours of Pusha T’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. First off Drake deserves credit for stepping into the ring with Push, I can’t name many rappers who want those problems and he has proven himself to be far from a punching bag.
“I really shouldn’t have given you none of my time, ‘cos you older than the nigga you running behind” Ouch!
Having ‘reviewed, replayed and recited’ Pusha T’s last album in the front row of his concert it’s understandable that some of you may think that I might have a bias, you’d be right, but not entirely.
I’m a Drake fan too, in fact I probably have more Drake music on my phone than I do Pusha T music… you could put that down to Drake putting out music at a much higher volume, but let’s not discredit the man’s discography like that. I’m going to put the amount of Drake music I have down to the fact that he makes GOOD music when he tries (no pun intended).
Drake has danced with Common, Joe Budden and Meek Mill in past years and if there was any doubt that Drake was up for the challenge of Pusha T let there be no doubt anymore… Drake wants ALL parts of this beef (now)!
“Must have had your infrared wrong now your head in the beam”
This isn’t the first time that Drake has come at Pusha T’s headtop with some bars, like on 2017’s “Two Birds One Stone”, where he questioned the validity of Pusha T’s claims that he sold drugs; basically saying that the story he built his career on is a facade, nothing more than a fairy tale used to gain credibility. However, it is the first time that he has dedicated a whole track for G.O.O.D Music’s head honcho.
So let’s quickly correct some of the false narratives that have been swirling around on the “Twittersphere”:
• Drake responded in 24 hours
• Drake was triggered over one line
• Pusha T does not want this smoke
Drake’s jabs at Pusha T stretch back less than 24 hours and come to a grand total of 3 minutes 10 seconds (with the exception of Two Birds One Stone), Pusha T’s can be traced back as far as six years ago.
The real question is “Has Drake done enough on “Duppy Freestyle” to make us forget about all of these shots” ? I’ll let you decide…
“Rappers is victimized at an all time high, but not I, you pop niggas thought I let fly” – Crutches Crosses Caskets (2015)
“How could you ever write these wrongs when you don’t even write your songs” – Infrared (2018)