Drake isn’t exactly known for letting things go, particularly at this point — two months after the start of his spat with Meek Mill, 2015’s most notorious rap beef. So it’s no surprise that the 6 God’s latest release, a joint project with Future called What A Time To Be Alive, has several references to the pair’s falling-out.
We’ve gathered all the applicable verses, from the explicitly beef-related to the vaguely angsty, below. Read on and note the one MC noticeably absent from Drizzy’s shady lyrics: Nicki Minaj.
Drake starts in with the project’s debut track — in fact, his first words on the mixtape are completely unapologetic: “These bitches be nagging the kid/Fuck it, it is what it is, if you get hit you get hit/I don’t forget or forgive.” Later, he explicitly addresses Meek Mill’s ghostwriting accusations, saying “I might take Quentin [Miller, one of Drake’s writers and the creator of a reference track leaked by Mill] to Follies [an Atlanta strip club].
“You hate your life, just be honest,” Drake concludes, adding that the object of this verse (Meek Mill/all “haters”) reminds him “of a quarterback, that shit is all in the past.” Listen to “Digital Dash” here.
Sports metaphors reign in Drake’s second verse of the tape: “You and yours v. me and mine/Are we talkin’ teams? Are we talkin’ teams?/Oh you switchin’ sides? Wanna come with me?” the rapper says mockingly to those who might criticize him (Meek, of course, chief among them). “This game is different, you only get one shot when n—-s gon’ foul on you,” he adds, more or less alleging that he was subject to unfair attacks (was it the now-infamous pee in the movie theater line that went too far?).
This track also contains a possible Future-on-Meek diss when the Atlanta rapper says, “You just a battle rapper [Mill is well-known for his battle rap background], I’m an official trapper/N—-s be droppin’ subliminals, they’re just some jibber jabber.” Meek recently told his DJ to play less Future during a show, which many read as a diss (even though the pair have a number of songs together). That may be the “subliminal” Future alludes to.
Listen to “Big Rings” here.
“I’m The Plug”
“Whole time I was ready,” Drake says, presumably of Meek Mill’s “trigger fingers turned to Twitter fingers.”
“They was like ‘Hold up, wait a minute’/I was like ‘Nah n—-, let’s get it’,” he continues, a reference to Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” (which notably contains the line, “Hold up, wait a minute/Y’all thought I was finished?”). “If you come here trying to take some there’s a lot more where that came from,” he says, adding “Who really think they can get in the way/Nah, nah, n—-s is bitter, they hurting” — yet another clear reference to the pair’s back-and-forth.
Listen to “I’m the Plug” here.
Drake quickly shouts out his own diss tracks against Meek on the club-centric anthem, saying “Fuck all the opps and the shots that they send/I let off first [‘Charged Up’] then I let off again [‘Back To Back’].” Of Meek/”haters” Drake says only, “You will not hear from them ever again.” Listen to “Change Locations” here.
“30 for 30 Freestyle”
Drake wraps up the project solo, with the most explicit digs at his Philadelphia-based foe yet. “I say hats off for a solid effort,” he says (facetiously) of Meek Mill’s diss track “Wanna Know.”
“We didn’t flinch for a second, we got our shit together,” he says, before claiming he’s “not here to fight wars” (sure). “I got bigger fish to fry,” Drizzy insists. “I’m talking bigger shit than you and I.” In spite of his larger concerns, Drake once again returns to Meek’s ghostwriting accusations: “The pen is working if you n—-s need some ghost lines/I thought you wanted yours like I want mine.” He makes fun of how Meek has mostly gone quiet, leaving Drake the beef’s de facto victor: “I guess you just making moves on your own time/But just know it’ll be January in no time/And your absence is very concerning/It’s like you went on vacation with no plan of returning.”
Drake concludes with yet another dig at his “haters,” who he alleges are “just bringing me and my people closer, actually.” He triumphantly queries, “What happened to the things you n—-s said was supposed to happen?/Are we just supposed to ignore the fact that it never happened?”
Listen to the “30 for 30 Freestyle” here.