Decoding the Lyrics to Drake's Bristling Pusha T Diss 'Duppy Freestyle'
On Daytona's "Infrared," Pusha T referenced Drake's ghostwriting tendencies when he name-dropped Quentin Miller, who worked extensively with Drizzy on If You're Reading This It's Too Late and was brought into the limelight during the 6 God's feud with Meek Mill back in 2015. "It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin," Push rapped to continue the beef that's been brewing since 2011.
Drake wasted no time with his fiery response just hours after Daytona's release on Friday. The 31-year-old unleashed his "Duppy Freestyle," on which he touched on a multitude of topics surrounding Pusha T, Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Music, Quentin Miller and even mentions Push's fiance by her government name, Virginia Williams. "Duppy" is Jamaican vernacular for a ghost, which could possibly be a reference to Kanye and Kid Cudi's upcoming Kids See Ghosts collaboration album.
Take a look at all the subjects Drizzy took aim at on the eviscerating Boi-1da and Jahaan Sweet-produced diss track.
Kanye West: "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/ Now, you poppin' up with the jokes, I'm dead, I'm asleep/ I just left from over by y'all puttin' pen to the sheets"
The OVO rapper made sure to send some smoke in 'Ye's direction regarding the ghostwriting allegations. Drake is quick to point out the fact he's utilized his pen for Kanye's benefit on The Life of Pablo standout cuts "30 Hours" and "Father Stretch My Hands." With that last bar, the Toronto resident hints at recently flying to Wyoming to assist West in crafting his latest album at his creative sanctuary. Yeezy previously shouted out Drake on Twitter back in 2016 for his contributions on certain tracks.
"I wanna thank my brother Drizzy for helping me on 30 Hours & Father Stretch My Hands," Kanye wrote. "Drake would come by and just help, no strings. Future also came by to write. We all got new shit together that's gonna drop soon."
Virgil Abloh: "I could never have a Virgil in my circle and hold him back 'cause he makes me nervous/ I wanna see my brothers flourish to their higher purpose/ You niggas leeches and serpents/ I think it's good that now the teachers are learning"
Off-White designer Virgil Abloh rose to fashion prominence alongside Kanye West and was a creative collaborator of his until leaving to become artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton in March. Drake is preaching about how he would never want to hold back someone in his inner-circle from being the best version of themselves. Plenty of members in the OVO camp have been on the fast track to stardom and financial freedom thanks to Drizzy's talents.
Yeezy showed "mixed feelings" about his friend moving on during an interview with Charlamagne Tha God in April. "They got families. These corporations provide an opportunity. If I'm not going to provide the same opportunity I'm not going to stand in their way either," says West. "It's interesting how it all unfolds and you feel different ways. There are mixed emotions. That's my crew working for Nike killing it and I want them next to me," Kanye explains. "Best believe Don, Matt, Virgil and Jerry are still DONDA at the end of the day. Louis Vuitton is still DONDA at the end of the day."
Pusha T's Drug-Dealing Credibility: "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 n---as that do what you do/ There's no malice in your heart, you're an approachable dude/ Man, you might've sold to college kids for Nike and Mercedes/ But you act like you sold drugs for Escobar in the '80s"
Drake originally poked at Pusha T's street credibility on "Two Birds, One Stone" and attacks it once again here. He references a 2017 VLAD TV interview with Push's older brother, No Malice, where he explained that his cousins were actually running the narcotics operation. Drug-filled raps are a staple in King Push's repertoire and Drizzy believes it to be overblown by comparing the Virginia-bred MC's drug-dealing ways to acting like he worked alongside Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar.
Working With Quentin Miller: "And as for Q, man, I changed his life a couple times/ N---a was at Kroger workin' double time/ Y'all actin' like he made the boy when I was tryna help the guy... Whoever supposedly makin' me hits/ But then got no hits sound like they need me"
The "Nice for What" artist brings up Quentin Miller about halfway through his extended freestyle. He wants people to stop going back to Q's ghostwriting contributions to 2015's If You're Reading This It's Too Late when the symbiotic relationship was meant to help showcase Miller's abilities and give him an easier path to finding his way into the music industry full-time. Q.M. was quick to admit he was working at a Publix convenience store at the time rather than the Kroger Drizzy mentions.
Pusha T's Fiance Virginia Williams: "I really shouldn't have given you none of my time/ 'Cause you older than the n---a you runnin' behind/ Look, holla at me when you multi-million/ I told you keep playin' with my name and I'ma let it ring on you/ Like Virginia Williams"
The "God's Plan" MC regrets even giving Pusha this much of his time while in album mode as he's distracted from his creative process. He then spotlights that King Push is actually a few months older than G.O.O.D. Music CEO Kanye West and teases the 41-year-old to give Drake a call when he gets his money up to par with the 6 God. Lastly, he name-drops Pusha T's fiancée by her real name, Virginia Williams. That single mention caused "all bets to be off" when the Virginia-bred rapper replied with the bristling "The Story of Adidon."
"All bets are off because of that. That alone causes all bets to be off and everything else is fair game," Push told The Breakfast Club early Wednesday morning.
G.O.O.D. Music: "You not even top five as far as your label talent goes. ... Tell 'Ye, "We got an invoice comin' to you/ Considerin' that we just sold another 20 for you"
Earlier in the track, Drake disrespected Pusha T's artistry saying that he's not even a top-five talent on the G.O.O.D. Music roster, even though he serves as president of the label. The Canadian icon closes out the "Duppy Freestyle" teasing that he would be sending an invoice Pusha's way for helping promote his album.
Later Friday night, Drake actually posted a mock invoice to Instagram, asking for $100,000 for "promotional assistance and career reviving" directed toward G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam courtesy of OVO Sound. The post sent social media into a frenzy and played well within the internet culture.