What’s Beef? Drake Immediately Claps Back on Pusha T and Kanye West in a Most Savage Manner

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Drizzy Drake brought all the smoke to Pusha T and Kanye West, getting out a clapback to Pusha’s recently released diss track in record time and also issuing a six-figure invoice to the duo for “promotional assistance” and “career reviving.”


Pusha, whose West-produced Daytona dropped on Friday and included the Drake diss track “Infrared,” continues his long-simmering beef with the Toronto rapper and his labelmates Lil Wayne and Baby.

On “Infrared,” Pusha raps that Drake “could [n]ever right these wrongs” when he “doesn’t even write [his] songs.”

In “Duppy Freestyle” (for those who don’t know, a “duppy” is a ghost in Jamaican patois, which speaks to Pusha’s accusations that Drake uses ghostwriters for his music), Drake seemingly responds to Pusha verse for verse and maybe even slips in a slick nod to being with his woman.

Pusha goes into specifics on “Infrared,” saying that Drake used a ghostwriter named Quentin in a track coming for Meek Mill (on Drake’s “R.I.C.O.”), which Drake doesn’t deny but qualifies:

Pusha T on “Infrared”:
It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin
At the mercy of a game where the codes is missing

Drake on “Duppy”:
And as for Q, man I changed his life a couple times
Nigga was at Kroger working double time
Y’all acting like he made the boy when I was trying to help the guy
Yeah, who gassed you to play with me?
Man, you made this shit easy as ABCs
Whoever supposedly making me hits, but then got no hits sound like they need me
My hooks did it, my lyrics did it, my spirit did it


Then King Push claims that the only rapper who has sold more drugs than he has is Eazy-E (is this still a thing to brag about?) and that Drake doesn’t write his own rhymes:

Pusha T:
The only rapper sold more dope than me was Eazy-E
How could you ever right these wrongs
When you don’t even write your songs
But let us all play along
We all know what niggas for real been waiting on


To which the OVO rapper replies that T’s drug exploits are largely fiction:

Your brother said, it was your cousin then him, then you
So, you don’t rap what you did, you just rap what you knew
Don’t be ashamed, it’s plenty niggas that do what you do
There’s no malice in your heart, you’re an approachable dude
Man, you might’ve sold the college kids for Nikes and Mercedes
But, you act like you sold drugs for Escobar in the ‘80s


Drake also comes for Kanye West in the track, first saying this:

What do you really think of the nigga that’s making your beats?
I’ve done things for him I thought that he never would need
Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me
I pop style for 30 hours, then let him repeat


And then insinuating that West held back one of his former colleagues (Virgil Abloh, now the head designer for Louis Vuitton menswear) over jealousy:

You not even top 5 as far as your label talent goes
You send shots, well, I got to challenge those
But I bring Calicos to the Alamo
I could never have a Virgil in my circle and hold him back ‘cause he makes me nervous


But the best part is when Drake says he’s going to invoice Kanye West for the track, since his even mentioning it will assuredly give it more heat.

I told Weezy and Baby “I’ma done him for you”
Tell ’Ye we got a invoice coming to you
Considering that we just sold another 20 for you


And Pusha asks for the invoice via Twitter.


Which Drake provides via Instagram with the words, “For professional services rendered re: promotional assistance and career reviving.”


The internets seem to be leaning toward Drake as the champ of this round, but bets are it’s going to be a cruel summer for hip-hop.


Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.


Denzel Washyourtongue

“Duppy” was heat this I cannot lie about but, this is Pusha T, we talking about. Drake, spit most of his harshest accusations through “Duppy” in response to “Infrared,” which I think was a foolish move because if Push, drips venom over drake with his next drop it will be a difficult comeback for Drizzy, not having too many more lines to work with, and that’s not counting No Malice, getting a hall pass from God allowing him to enter the ring one last time to help his brother out...

Drake, is used to battling cats that he can “one and done” then move on back to Yachts, and women. This isn’t that though. I can’t remember a dude who he got with that could match him on the popular, and lyrical side. Meek couldn’t on both ends. Buddens, could on the lyrical side but, there ain’t no reason to battle a cat known more for podcasts than rap. He seemed to not want smoke with Luda, and now we at Pusha. A lyrical monster, legend, and true hip-hop force to be reckoned with. Pusha, has to release something by the end of this weekend imo. There’s no other way. If he pulls an Exodus, and drops months later it will be a bust since all of Drakes, stans are already declaring him “god of rap” after one freestyle....

Also, how can drake be such a rude bitch? He knows goddamn well that he was slapping Grindin’ back in 06...