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Drake and Kanye West have had their share of beefs in the music world, with Drake taking on Meek Mill and West fighting with everyone from Taylor Swift to Kid Cudi and his Watch The Throne collaborator Jay Z. Now Drake and West, who have worked together in the past, are at odds over West’s involvement with rapper Pusha T, who set his sights on Drake with a new track that dropped on Friday.
In music’s latest beef, we have disses, tweets, new songs, and a charity for kids. Oh yeah, it’s getting weird.
Pusha T released his latest single “Infrared,” where he accuses Drake of using ghostwriter Quentin Miller to write his raps. “It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin,” raps Pusha. Drake and Miller worked together on 2015’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. The art for Daytona, the album which “Infrared” appears on, features a controversial image of Whitney Houston’s drug-filled bathroom from the night she died, a picture that Kanye West paid $85,000 to use.
Not wasting any time, Drake shot back with his own diss track on Friday. In “Duppy Freestyle,” Drake raps “Must’ve had your Infrared wrong, now your head in the beam / Y’all the spittin’ image of whatever jealousy breeds” and “As for Q, man, I changed his life a couple times / Was at Kroeger workin’ double time / Y’all actin like he made the boy when I was tryna help the guy / Whoever supposedly makin’ me hits, but then got no hits sound like they need me / My hooks did it, my lyrics did it, my spirit did it I’m fearless with it, yeah.”
The new diss track from Drizzy ends with the line “Tell ‘Ye ‘We got an invoice coming for you’ / Considerin’ that we just sold another 20 for you.” Getting savage on social, Drake posted a mock letter from OVO to West’s G.O.O.D. Music, invoicing the company for ‘Promotional assistance and career reviving.’ Letterhead burn.
Drake released another new single, this time from his upcoming album Scorpion. It’s doesn’t appear that “I’m Upset” was written about Drizzy’s latest feud with Pusha T and West, but he’s definitely still not happy. It’s right there in the title.
The beef got even bigger on Saturday when Rhymefest, who previously worked with West on “Jesus Walks” and “New Slaves,” asked Drake for help with the Donda House Charity. Initially started by West to honour his late mother, Dr. Donda West, Rhymefest says that West has essentially abandoned the charity, which supports inner city youth in Chicago.
— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) May 26, 2018
Kim Kardashian West got involved, with the beef now extending to the Wests versus Rhymefest and getting even more ugly. Um, if Rhymefest hasn’t been able to sustain the foundation that Kanye started, where has Kanye been? Oh yeah, buying $85,000 pictures of bathrooms that disrespect the deceased. How many after school programs could that money have funded…
U haven’t been right since u got kicked out of the studio in Hawaii wearing fake Yeezy’s @RHYMEFEST You’re over levergenging Kanye’s name & asked Kanye to donate money to u so stop w your fake community politics & lies. Truth is you haven’t been able to sustain the foundation
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 26, 2018
After a few more tweets from Kardashian West, including a threat to take the charity from Rhymefest and have it run by her children (is she serious about that?), Rhymefest responded.
— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) May 27, 2018
On Sunday, Drake’s longtime friend and labelmate Nicki Minaj weighed in on the beef, siding with Team Drizzy and warning rappers about waking ‘the sleeping giant.’ Seems like a missed opportunity to tweet ‘waking the dun-dun-dungeon dragon,’ but maybe it was a word count issue.
Niggaz gon run that Quentin shit in the fkn ground like Drake don’t write 4 himself & OTHERS! Ya enemies will remix, reinvent & TRY 2make u RELIVE some old shit for YEARS 2 come when they have NOTHING ON U! Knock it off. Challenging the chosen ones only awakens the sleeping giant
— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) May 27, 2018
Pusha T’s former group mate No Malice posted a live stream on YouTube today and answered fan’s questions, refusing to take sides in the beef between Pusha T and Drake. “I think it makes for good hip-hop,” he says. “This is an exciting moment for hip-hop, right?”
It also makes for moments that likely aren’t done yet. This is a beef we can expect to continue.