I don’t even know where to begin.
So you can imagine the reaction I had to Pusha T’s round 2 (of this particular battle because this feud has been going on for some time now) diss track, The Story of Adidon.
As I debated the beef on social media, somebody said to me “You’re just biased so your opinion isn’t pure hip hop.”
And then my journalistic instincts kicked in. I would be remiss if I didn’t cover both sides, just as I do as a news reporter. Especially if my fandom points of view ruin my credibility with my readers.
I couldn’t dedicate a whole podcast and blog post to defending Drake, and then go quiet when he started looking funny in the light.
And man, does that light look a little dim right about now.
I commend Pusha T for that accomplishment alone- successfully tainting Drake’s image. That is something no former foe has been able to do. This is the first time in Drake’s career that the internet has turned against him, even if it’s only for the moment until he drops his next response.
Please stop referring to this picture as “artwork”…I’m not an internet baby, I don’t edit images…this is a REAL picture…these are his truths, see for yourself https://t.co/gd6vRS3HM8 pic.twitter.com/2el58HEZ8F
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 30, 2018
Up until this point, we didn’t care that Drake had a ghostwriter. We didn’t care that Diddy said he got peed on. We didn’t care that Common called him ‘Canada dry’, or what Meek said or what Joe Budden said or even what Jay-Z said about him. And the crazy part is, the rumors of him having a child on the way came and went and we thought nothing of it ever again.
But this time is different.
Pusha T was so unbelievably, uncomfortably, and even at times unbearably disrespectful on The Story of Adidon on so many different levels. I do however think that Duppy was the better overall song, with more punch lines and metaphors and all of that other stuff we grade emcees on.
So how do we measure the strength of a diss record?
It seems like the consensus among hip hop fans is that anything goes. The ultimate goal is to destroy your opponent, by any means necessary. A large part of that is by embarrassing them, airing out their dirty laundry, and getting as personal as you can using whatever ammo you have against the other rapper.
Pusha T has done exactly that with this diss track.
And I would be a hypocrite to say that Pusha doesn’t have the edge because on the latest episode of the ‘But…Don’t Take My Advice’ podcast titled The Audacity, I argued that in today’s age you have to factor in the internet, public opinion and social media when you are looking at who has the most points on the board.
Pusha has managed to completely flip the script and have even me questioning is Drake a racist deadbeat father with mommy issues?
***By the way, Lupe Fiasco tweeted some interesting things that added context to why Drake was wearing blackface. I’m not sure if it completely let’s Drake off the hook, but I’ll let you be the judge.
And while I personally think the lines about Drake’s producer and best friend OVO40’s health condition was a tad excessive, and as Joe Budden noted on the Joe Budden Podcast– Pusha is a better emcee than that, doesn’t need to stoop that low and gained nothing from that particular bar- he is following the rap beef rules, so it is what it is.
BUT…this thing isn’t over just yet.
Rumor has it that Drake had a clothing line coming out with Adidas called “Adidon,” at which point he was going to reveal that he has a son named Adonis. If that’s true, that means Pusha T potentially messed up an entire marketing plan and business deal, NOT TO MENTION interfered with Drake’s personal decision on how he wanted to introduce his child to the world.
Adidon is the name of Drake’s upcoming Adidas line and now that name will be associated with this beef and Pusha’s monstrous diss track. Pusha has, in effect, screwed up Drake’s brand before it came out.
— Touré (@Toure) May 30, 2018
I say that to say, Drake HAS to respond. We can’t let this one sit. I’m not counting him out just yet. This beef could potentially be his biggest test so far, and I really don’t know how much more Pusha can have on him after that record.
But Drake is a marketing genius, so I’m sure by the end of the week, he will find a way to flip this into a W.
If I sound biased, it’s because it pains me to look at a flawed Aubrey.
For now… I say issa tie.
To be continued…