Well, that was quick.
Drake has an answer to Pusha T‘s not-so-subliminal digs on “Infrared,” the album closer to the newly-released, Kanye-produced “DAYTONA.“
“Don’t push me when I’m in album mode,” Drake snarls: “You’re not even top 5 as far as your label talent goes/You send shots well I gotta challenge those.”
Another line calls Push’s drug dealer anonymous brand into question: “Man you might’ve sold them college kids for Nike and Mercedes/ But you act like you sold drugs for Escobar in the eighties.”
Listen to the full diss track below:
The track is the latest in a long history of subliminal disses between the two artists.
The track is a direct shot at Pusha’s line on “Infrared:” “It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin [Miller].” The bar is a reference to industry murmurs of Drake using ghostwriter Quentin Miller as a collaborator in his songs, a rumor made popular by Drake’s previous row with Meek Mill.
Taking shots at rappers for having ghostwriters is old news. By and large, listeners already know and accept Drake’s status as a rap pop juggernaut who may or may not employ “outside help” for his lyrics. Given Pusha’s new project, it’s hard to imagine any diss track being less than hard-hitting. Nevertheless, there are causes for concern in terms of its potential impact in the public eye: how do you diss a top-selling artist with an audience that, by and large, has no real qualms with ghostwriting?
In other words, what’s a rapper to a pop star?
One suggestion from our senior writer Rob Gaudio: “Maybe Push should just read his Twitter from 2014 over a bunch of sad violins.”