“How many times do I have to tell you rap niggas? I have no friends.” – DMX
When DMX spit those words from his 1999 album … And Then There Was X, it spoke volumes about past, present and future ‘friendships’ in the hip-hop industry. Well it looks as if one of these ‘friendships’ has sailed it’s course. I’m speaking in reference to the ongoing saga between Drake and Meek Mill. Both artists came up in their own way through the underground. Drake made waves with his self released mixtapes before joining Young Money in 2009. Meek Mill also released a plethora of mixtapes between 2003 and 2011 before linking up with Maybach Music Group.
The whole issue between these started when Meek Mill tweeted that he didn’t want to be compared to Drake because he doesn’t write his rhymes. We all know that ghostwriters and hip-hop are very taboo topic as the two shouldn’t mix like oil and water. But hey, they are around and they have written some of your favorite rap/hip-hop hits. The question that I had is that if this was an issue, why did it get brought up all of a sudden? If it truly was an issue, then this would have been addressed when Meek Mill tapped Drake to join him on 2012’s “Amen”
Enter Quentin Miller, who hails from Atlanta and has been named by Meek Mill as the person that has been penning those Drake songs that you all love. Quentin denies this but acknowledges that he has worked with Drake on a few songs. I had asked the other day on Twitter that if the song gets you out of your seat and moves your feet, does it matter who wrote it? (One person stated that it did matter in terms of those claiming to be the best)
“Wow, I’m honored that you think this is staged
I’m flattered man, in fact, I’m amazed
The perfect start to the summer, man this shit is a doozy
This shit a twist in the movie but don’t jump to conclusions” – Drake from “Charged Up
“I’m not sure what it was that really made y’all mad
But I guess this is what I gotta do to make y’all rap” – Drake from “Back To Back”
Fast forward now, Drake released the two records above in a span of days. “Charged Up” received a mild response as opposed to “Back To Back” which had people buzzing the entire day. Meek Mill was rumored to have had a response record this past Monday, which came and went and there was no response. Then on Thursday, Meek responded with “Wanna Know” that included a few slight jabs about the LIV incident where Diddy slapped Drake and where a friend of T.I.’s urinated on him at the Taker’s premiere. Aside from those two bars, the song was considered as people took sides. Hell, you even had brands like Whataburger, poking fun at Meek Mill.
So what did I learn from this?
1. Hip-Hop is on WWE levels: You have two stars in Drake and Meek Mill that are both fan favorites and even did a song or two. The slightly less popular one (Meek Mill) turns on the more popular one (Drake) and now we have a brand new storyline. With other supporting players such as Funkmaster Flex, Quentin Miller and Nicki Minaj, this may turn into the feud of the summer.
2. Reference Tracks may be the new rhyme book: Seems as if these are going to be the go to for when people want to ‘prove’ that someone didn’t write their rhymes.
3. Diss records have really changed: There’s been so many changes with the scope of diss records. Listening back to old diss records and we all know that it will never be the same again.
4. There’s going to be some burned bridges: Numbers blocked, blackballing and just overall pettiness will be just a few ramifications of this beef.
5. If you’re going to use The Undertaker’s theme song, come correct: The reactions of people listening to Meek Mill’s response record were hyped when they heard The Undertaker’s theme being used. That same hype turned into disappointment with the end result. Oh well.