The Most Talked About Feud
The rap industry is looking a lot like a dramatic episode of “Real Housewives.” Rap artists Drake and Pusha T got in a public dissing fun and things got political. Drake is currently one of the most loved and successful rappers. His music hits both mainstream charts and gets respect from the more specific rap communities. He started out as an actor on the teen hit show Degrassi and later got picked up by rap celebrity Lil Wayne after he heard Drakes mixtape.
A “Soft Rapper.”
Drake is often criticized for being a “soft” rapper. He sings and raps about his emotions which makes him look like he can’t stand up against the harsher rappers regarding street cred. The rap industry is filled with artists who talk about their struggles growing up and what they had to do to survive in such conditions. Rappers like these throw shots at Drake and claim he had it easy and that he does not deserve the respect he gets as a rap artist. To strengthen their claims, rapper such as Meek Mill and Pusha T calls out Drake for not being the real thing because he has a ghostwriter.
Drake VS Meek Mill
A while back, Meek Mill accused Drake of having a ghostwriter. Drake responded to the accusation with a single that went viral and a seriously hurt Meek Mill’s reputation. Drake pointed out that Meek Mill’s girlfriend was more successful than him, and ever since, tons of memes making fun of Meek Mill have spread across the internet. It’s safe to say that Drake won that battle, but this time around, he lost big time.
Pusha T has a long history of “beef” between him, Drake, and everyone affiliated with the record label YMCMB. They’ve dissed each other in a bunch of raps over the years, but this time around, Pusha T came in full force. In response to Drake’s disses in his track Duppy Rap, Pusha released a track called ”The Story of Adidon.”
Pusha explains that Drake has done worse things than have a ghostwriter. He calls Drake a hypocrite for rapping about his struggles growing up without his dad. Pusha reveals that Drake has a secret love child with a pornstar that he has yet to acknowledge. Fans were surprised by this fact, but the damage to Drake’s reputation comes from the cover of Pusha’s single.
Pusha purposely made the cover of his diss track a picture of Drake wearing blackface.
Blackface was used years ago when African American’s were discriminated against and could not be cast in plays, and movies. White actors painted their face and played the role of African Americans. Pusha purposely used this picture to hurt Drake’s career, knowing just how offensive the picture is.
With such an offensive picture out, Drake felt backed against a wall. Rather than releasing any diss track to refute Pusha, he released a statement explaining the picture and apologizing for offending anyone.
Explanations and Apologies
Many people didn’t buy Drake’s response. They claim that he never speaks about any cause until he felt he needed to save his reputation. Other celebrities expressed their disapproval and claimed that the explanation was fake. Others don’t understand why an African American would even put blackface on.
The clothing brand that was featured in the blackface photo shoot made a statement confirming that Drake was, in fact, wearing the paint to highlight the struggles that African Americans actors face trying to get roles.
“The photo in question was not from a Too Black Guys photoshoot however it did feature clothing from Too Black Guys’ JIM CROW COUTURE/HOUSE OF CROW collection which was released in 2008. The collection featured several graphics that highlighted the painful and dangerous period of the Jim Crow Era. Too Black Guys has a history of representing the black experience in an unapologetic way. Although this was not an image from any of our photoshoots, we feel that Drake, who is a long- time friend of the brand, was brilliantly illustrating the hypocrisy of the Jim Crow Era. The subtleties of Drake, a young black man, mimicking how white men used to mimic and dehumanize black people may be lost in a rap battle, but we should not be distracted from the issues that are still affecting our communities.”
People Don’t Buy It
It seems as if the damage to Drake’s reputation is not something that will be easy to repair. The public is more focused on the picture than the reasons behind why it was taken. Drake took a harsh loss. Pusha exposed his hypocritical acts from his personal life and political life. There’s a chance that Drake was advocating for racial equality and that he didn’t acknowledge his son for a good reason. However, Pusha T clearly understands what twisting ambiguous actions can do to a celebrities reputation. Hopefully, Drake can come back from this.
Kanye Calls for an End
Kanye West recently produced Pusha T’s latest album. He has good a good relationship with both sides of this rap feud, so he wanted to put an end to it all. Kanye tweeted: “I’ve never been about beef. I’m about love. Lines were crossed, and it’s not good for anyone. So this is over now.”
So far Kanye’s tweet quieted things down. Hopefully, this is the end of this mess.