On May 25th, 2018, rapper Pusha T dropped his album titled ‘Daytona’. The project is a solid offering, on-brand for a quality lyricist of Pusha’s caliber. Including on the track-list is a direct grenade lob named Infrared aimed at Young Money headliner Drake and his boss, Lil’ Wayne. For those keeping score at home, this is year 12 of the G.O.O.D. Music vs Young Money war. Let’s take a look back real quick!
In 2006, Malice, the brother and group mate of Pusha T, threw a jab at Lil’ Wayne on the Clipse banger, ‘Mister Me Too‘. Apparently, after appearing on a VIBE magazine cover draped in BAPE clothing, the Young Money boss, Wayne, came under fire by the Clipse for stealing their brand of choice. Over the next 11 years, the camps would trade jabs back and forth, with Malice leaving the fight to Pusha T and Drake stepping in to do battle. Pusha contributed ‘Exodus 23:1‘, to which Wayne responded “F*ck pusha t and anybody that love em” (note that Wayne didn’t bother to capitalize his name; disrespectful).
Drake became the YM General going forward and fired subliminal shots with ‘Tuscan Leather’. Pusha responded with ‘H.G.T.V.’ a couple of years later but Drake’s star status consistently puts him in the driver’s seat of any battle. What he lacks in street cred, Drake makes up for in charisma and chart-topping hits and features. In 2017, Drake barred Pusha up with ‘2 Birds, 1 Stone‘, peep the swag here:
You bagging weed watching Pacino with all your n****s
Like “this is what we need to be on,” but never went live
You middleman in this shit, you were never those guys
I can tell cause I look most of you dead in your eyes
And you be trying to tell that story for the rest of your lives
And now, heading into the summer with plenty of time to consider his response, Pusha T drops ‘Infrared’ . Admittedly, the lyrics here are not overly impressive as we find Pusha pointing to Drake’s authenticity as a true pen in the game. Quentin Miller is frequently connected to Drake as a ghost-writer and the ‘6 God’ has given credit to the pen-man on a few occasions. This fact reduces the impact of being accused of not writing his own music. Pusha throws slugs at Young Money and causes minor damage. But Drake had an immediate answer.
On the same day that ‘Infrared’ made its debut, Drake replied with ‘Duppy Freestyle’. Let me say this, either Drake is clairvoyant or he’s being tipped off when the jabs are coming from other MCs. His responses and follow-ups appear to be almost ahead of schedule every time. At this point, it is better to leave Drake alone. Recent history has made it clear that he and his team are always ready to do battle with anyone. Meek Mill took a severe L before his prison bid. It seems that Pusha is in line to suffer a similar fate. Read the bars for yourself:
If you rebuke me for working with someone else on a couple of V’s, what do you really think of the n***a 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 for me
Drake is proving to be the immovable object occupying the rap beef thrown. Once controlled by 50 Cent, the spot now belongs to Aubrey and Aubrey alone. An unstoppable force must arrive and run through to dethrone the Canadian rapper, but that force has not been identified. Compounding the potential problem he’s created for himself, Pusha T must expect more bars to come his way on Drake’s upcoming ‘Scorpion’ album. It’s early, but I’m calling this one now, Drake in 4…Pusha has to respond but it will be futile.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story!