Drake Fires Back at Pusha-T with “Duppy Freestyle” Diss Record
Since the beginning of Hip-Hop, rap battles have been the center of the culture. This is where MC’s earn their lyrical stripes and legends are made. For example, Roxanne Shante vs UTFO, Canibus vs. LL Cool J, Ice Cube vs. N.W.A, Biggie vs. Tupac, Jay-Z vs. Nas, Drake vs. Meek Mill and now in 2018 we have Drake vs. Pusha-T.
How did we get here you ask? It is no secret that Pusha-T and Drake have not seen eye to eye over the years. Pusha-T who also serves as The President of G.O.O.D Music cleared up rumors in his recent interview’s with Ebro in The Morning and The Breakfast Club that the record “Infrared” off of his latest studio album Daytona was indeed about Drake. Speaking candidly, Pusha says, “Infrared” is his response to Drizzy’s 2016 song “Two Birds, One Stone”, where Drake makes several sly jabs at Pusha.
Among other things, “Infrared” is loaded with wit and clear shots aimed directly at Birdman and Drake, Pusha-T raps, “The game’s f**cked up, n***as’ beats is banging N***g, ya hooks did it/ The lyric penning’ equal to Trump’s winning’/ The bigger question is how the Russians did it/ It was written like Nas/ But it came from Quentin.”
It is clear that Pusha does not want to let go of the rumors that Quentin Miller is Drake’s ghostwriter.
Drake didn’t take kindly to “Infrared” and as a result swiftly responded with “Duppy Freestyle”. After some hilarious, satire- “I’m in shock… The nerve! The audacity!”, Drizzy proceeds and shoots directly at Kanye and Pusha-T.
” So if you rebuke me for working with someone else on a couple of Vs/ What do you really think of the n***a that’s making 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.” rapped Drake, referring to a pair of Ye’s tracks that he helped pen from his 2016 album The Life of Pablo as well as their team effort on “Pop Style”.
Gaining momentum, Drake then redirects his attention to Pusha,”Must’ve had your Infrared wrong, now your head in the beam/ Ya’ll are spitting image of whatever jealousy breeds/ Don’t push me when I’m in album mode/ You not even top 5 as far as your label talent goes.”
He didn’t stop there. Drake then took the time to continue his verbal assault and address the Quentin Miller reference, “And as for Q, man I changed his life a couple of times/ N***a was at Kroger working double time/ Ya’ll acting like he made the boy when I was trying to help the guy.” Quentin Miller can’t catch a break man.
“Duppy Freestyle” ends with yet another Kanye West gut check, “Tell Ye we got a invoice coming to you/ Considering that we just sold another 20 for you.”
Pusha-T responds via twitter “Send the invoice for the extra 20..”.
Of course Drake had to take his petty to the next level and created an invoice. He then posted it to Instagram, where he addressed a $100,000 fee to G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam and added in the reference line: “Promotional assistance and career reviving”.
As you can see this feud is far from over and I would be lying if I said I was not enjoying this battle. Drake and Pusha are giving fans quality bars, the word play is amazing, tone, flow, punchlines etc. My only question now is, who’s going to deliver the knockout punch, Push or Drake? Until then I’ll sit back and enjoy this moment. King Push you’re up next, lets see what you do with it.