Drake: The Uncrowned King of Feuds?
Feuds between hip-hop artists are not too rare. They often like to express their opinions about each other’s art, lifestyle, and personality through songs – this is not a rarity at all. But not many of them are as long-running and, apparently, deeply rooted as the one between Pusha T and Drake. Most diss tracks are pretty subtle – but the ones released by these two lately are not, and they make it clear who their target is. Originally, Pusha had a beef with Lil Wayne, apparently over garments and shoes, but probably going much deeper, and when Drake joined Wayne’s record label in 2011, he also became a target. He fired back in 2013, and this started an all-out war, with things escalating beyond the jackpots of the best New Zealand casino this year.
Drake has been pretty active when it comes to feuds with other rappers, almost as active as he’s been in collecting Billboard Music Awards trophies.
He has been in an “up-and-down” relationship with Nicki Minaj – first, they were friends, a friendship that atrophied over time but rebounded when Drake appeared in Minaj’s single “Only”. Then things got uglier due to a beef between Drake and Minaj’s then-boyfriend, Meek Mill. Today, the two are on good terms again.
Tory Lanez took a swing at Drake in his 2015 mixtape “The New Toronto”, with the two trading blows and insults in the coming months, culminating in Lanez outright declaring in an interview that he was better than his Canadian counterpart. The two finally made up (there’s no word about a kiss) and posted an Instagram photo together. A picture that can be interpreted in many ways, mind you.
Back in the day, Drake and Kendrick Lamar were on friendly terms but things changed in 2013, with the two exchanging blows for the coming years like they were in a subliminal boxing ring. Drake was the one to end this beef after Lamar’s DAMN was released, praising him instead of continuing to insult him.
He also fought Ludacris, this time Drake shooting first by calling out the multi-faceted star in an interview for mimicking the “Supa Dupa” style made popular by Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and himself. The war between the two ended like it started. “Ludacris, we haven’t always seen eye to eye, but I’ve always been a big fan of yours and I got a lot of love for you,” Drake said during his acceptance speech for last year’s top Billboard 200 album. “I want to let you know that face to face, while I’m still here.”