One of the most chilling diss tracks of modern hip hop ‘The Story of Adidon’ was recently released by artist Pusha T. Before we go into how viscous this track is, it is important to have the history of beef between Drake and Pusha ironed out, so here goes.
The feud goes way back to 2002, which is why a lot of millennials out there won’t be too familiar with it. It all started when Pusha accused Wayne of copying his group Clipse’s style when he wore BAPE clothing on the cover of Vibe magazine. This led to the track ‘Mr. Me Too’ being released and birthing the rap rivalry we all know and love.
But what has this got to do with Drake? Well, when Drake joined Lil Wayne’s record label, Young Money Entertainment, Pusha saw him as an easy target. He went straight for him with track ‘Don’t fuck with me’ alluding to Drake with lyrics “Rappers on their sophomores/ Actin’ like they boss lords”. And just to rub salt in the wound, Pusha followed this with ‘Exodus 23:1’, commenting on Drake’s sticky contract with Young Money Entertainment saying “contract all fucked up/ I guess that means you all fucked up”.
I know what you’re all thinking; Champagne Papi do something! Well Drake was far from twiddling his thumbs. ‘Tuscan Leather’ from Drake’s album Nothing Was The Same responds to Pusha’s pettiness and previous attacks on Lil Wayne saying “I’m just as famous as my mentor/ but that’s still the boss, don’t get sent for”.
Three years go by and it seems like Pusha was not expecting Drake to have the balls to retaliate. Nevertheless, this didn’t put the beef to bed. In track ‘H.G.T.V’ Pusha referencing Drake’s alleged use of ghostwriters rapping “It’s too far gone when the realest ain’t real/ I walk amongst the clouds so your ceilings ain’t real”. But it is clear that rap feuds is the only time when fighting fire with fire is the best way to go; Drake’s ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ attacked Pusha’s glamorisation of drug dealing in his songs. That’s when shit started to get personal.
Pusha retaliates by getting political. He compares Drake’s surge in popularity to that of US president Donal Trump claiming “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”. This suggests Drake’s use of ghostwriter Quentin Miller shows parallelisms to Trump’s ties with Russia. Fair enough Pusha, but I don’t think our man Drizzy can be compared to the dude who wanted to build a wall around Mexico.
We all expected Drake to respond on his upcoming album Scorpion due to release later this year, but no. ‘Duppy Freestyle’ was dropped less than 24 hours after Pusha’s ‘Infrared’, beginning with an exasperated sigh and spoken “the nerve, the audacity”. He then goes on to talk about the microphone Drake used to own that was signed by Pusha himself saying “I had a microphone of yours but then the signature faded / I think that pretty much resembles what has been happening lately.” He takes a double punch and brings Kanye (the producer of ‘Infrared’) into the mix, referencing the songs ‘Father Stretch My Hands’ and ’30 Hours’ which Drake helped on for Kanye’s album The Life of Pablo. AND THEN, if this wasn’t fire enough, Drake publicly posted an invoice for $100,000 for the extra publicity Drake had given Pusha for his latest album. THE SHADE.
Now brings us up to speed, and yeah I know what you’re thinking, how the fuck could Pusha top that? Admittedly there were a few moments of silence but then it happened: possibly the most vicious diss track of modern hip hop ‘The Story Of Adinon’. The artwork for this track is a picture of Drake in blackface which, despite the photographer claiming it was a political message, was deemed offensive by many. In the track itself, Pusha acknowledges the rumours that Drake has an illegitimate child with adult film star Sophie Brussaux, but he doesn’t just allude to it, he is ruthless with lyrics "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". He also calls Drake a "deadbeat mothafucka" in reference to his fatherless childhood.
I KNOW, FUCKING HELL RIGHT?! Whether you are a Drake fan or not, I guarantee you are wondering how he will respond to this highly personal attack. This isn’t just petty beef, this is war.