A Timeline of Drake & Pusha T's Feud
It’s no secret hip-hop loves a good feud. On Friday, Pusha T delivered his first album in three years, Daytona, replete with Pusha’s signature drug-rap, Kanye West’s scatting, and a not-so-subtle Drake diss that sent the Internet into a frenzy for the remainder of the weekend.
Drake issued his own response to Pusha with “Duppy Freestyle,” in which he questioned Pusha’s drug dealer rap persona and called out Kanye in the process.
But the Pusha vs. Drake beef didn’t exactly begin with Pusha’s “Infrared” diss from his latest album and actually dates back to the early 2000s when Clipse -- Pusha’s rap group with his brother, No Malice -- fired shots at Lil Wayne on “Mr. Me Too.”
Push hasn’t released a response to Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle,” but in the interim, here’s a breakdown of Pusha T and Drake’s longstanding feud.
2006: Clipse vs. Lil Wayne
In 2006, Lil Wayne was the cover star of Vibe magazine’s April issue, clad in the popular streetwear brand BAPE, which at the time grew in popularity thanks to Pharrell Williams and was worn a lot by Clipse. The Virginia-bred duo wasn’t too fond of Wayne wearing the brand and released “Mr. Me Too” -- produced by Pharrell -- in which No Malice rapped, “Wanna know the time? Better clock us/ N---as bite the style from the shoes to the watches.”
That same year, Wayne sat down for an interview with Complex and addressed Clipse’s subliminal diss. “You talking to the best. Talk to me like you’re talking to the best. I don’t see no fuckin’ Clipse. Come on man,” Wayne said. “Weezy, man. They had to do a song with us to get hot, B. 'What Happened to That Boy?' C’mon, B.”
Wayne even called out Pharrell, saying, “Who the fuck is Pharrell? Do you really respect him? That n---a wore BAPEs and y’all thought he was weird. I wore it and y’all thought it was hot.”
2011: Pusha unleashes "Don't Fuck With Me"
Pusha didn't directly call anybody out on "Don't Fuck With Me," but Pusha freestyled over Drake's "Dreams Money Can Buy" beat and dished out a few lines that hinted at Drake being his target. "Rappers on their sophomores, actin' like they boss lords/ Fame such a funny thing for sure/ When n---as start believing all them encores," Pusha rapped, possibly referring to Drake, whose sophomore album Take Care dropped in November 2011.
2012: Pusha returns with "Exodus 23:1"
Pusha made sure there was no room for confusion about who he was dissing on "Exodus 23:1," as he rapped, "Contract all fucked up/ I guess that means you all fucked up/ You signed to one n---a that signed to another n---a/ That's signed to three n---as, now that's bad luck." The shot was likely directed at Drake again, who was signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money imprint, a subsidiary of Cash Money Records, which operates under Universal Music Group.
Wayne continued to make it clear he's no fan of Pusha, tweeting, "Fuk pusha t and anybody that love em."
Fuk pusha t and anybody that love em— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) May 24, 2012
2013: Drake hits back with "Tuscan Leather"
Since signing to Young Money in 2009, Drake's loyalty to Lil Wayne has never wavered. On "Tuscan Leather," Drizzy dished out subliminal messages to anyone (ahem, Pusha) who spoke badly about his YMCMB boss. "I'm just as famous as my mentor/ But that's still the boss, don't get sent for/ Get hype on tracks and jump in front of a bullet you wasn't meant for," he rapped at one point, and followed up with the line, "Bench players talkin' like starters, I hate it."
2016: Pusha keeps the feud going with "H.G.T.V Freestyle"
Toward the end of Pusha's hookless attack on "H.G.T.V Freestyle," the rapper diverted his attention to his longtime rival, Drake, and questioned the Toronto artist's pen game. "It's too far gone when the realest ain't real/ I walk amongst the clouds so your ceilings ain't real/ These n---as Call of Duty 'cause their killings ain't real/ With a questionable pen so the feelin' ain't real," Pusha said, possibly referencing Drake's 2009 mixtape So Far Gone and reigniting claims that Drake uses a ghostwriter for his raps.
2017: Drake questions Pusha's street credibility on "Two Birds, One Stone"
In 2017, Drake and Pusha's beef heated up some more. When Drizzy unleashed his "playlist" More Life, Drake called out Pusha on "Two Birds, One Stone" and claimed the rapper is living a false life. "But really it's you with all the drug dealer stories/ That's gotta stop, though/ You made a couple chops and now you think you Chapo," Drake said.
He continued: "You middle man in this shit, boy, you was never them guys/ I can tell, 'cause I look most of you dead in your eyes/ And you'll be tryna sell that story for the rest of your lives."
The other "bird" Drake addressed in the song was Kid Cudi, who accused rappers of having multiple writers and name-dropped Kanye West and Drake in his tweets. "Everyone thinks they're soooo great. Talkin top 5 and be having 30 people write songs for them," he wrote in one tweet. Later in his rant, Cudi wrote, "My tweets apply to who they apply. Ye, Drake, whoever. These n---as dont give a fuck about me. And they aint fuckin with me."
2018: Pusha reignites the Drake feud with "Infrared"; Drake responds with a diss record and invoice
Tensions began to rise between Pusha and Drake after Pusha unleashed his new album Daytona, which was produced entirely by Kanye West. On the album's closing track, "Infrared," Pusha continued to question Drake's lyrical abilities, rapping, "It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin," referring to Quentin Miller, a rapper who Pusha believes has been writing for Drake behind the scenes. Naturally, social media went up in flames after hearing Pusha's diss, causing Drake to come out of "album mode" to address Push.
When it was Drake's time to fire his own shots, Drake reminded Pusha that Kanye once called the "God's Plan" rapper to help write "Father Stretch My Hands" and "30 Hours" from West's The Life of Pablo album. Drizzy even hinted that he may have worked on Kanye's upcoming album as well.
"What do you really think of the n---a that's makin' 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," Drake rapped, adding, "I just left from over by y'all puttin' pen to the sheets/ Tired of sittin' quiet and helpin' my enemies eat."
Drake continued to send shots at Pusha and likened a faded autograph from an old Pusha T-signed microphone to Pusha's career. "I had a microphone of yours, but then the signature faded/ I think that pretty much resembles what's been happenin' lately," Drizzy continued. Drake ended his attack by requesting to be paid from Pusha and Kanye for the publicity. Pusha retweeted Drake's song and wrote, "Send the invoice for the extra 20..."
Without hesitation, Drake posted a draft of an invoice requesting $100,000 from the G.O.O.D. Music team for "promotional assistance and career reviving" and tagged Pusha in the post on Instagram. Pusha has yet to deliver a follow-up diss track to Drake's "Duppy Freestyle," but with Kanye's album coming out Friday and an onslaught of G.O.O.D. Music releases on the horizon, it's safe to assume that this feud won't die down any time soon.
Send the invoice for the extra 20... https://t.co/41rd4OJeMF— King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 25, 2018