If you’ve been on the internet at all for the past week, chances are you’ve caught wind of the current rap feud taking place between the hip-hop artists Meek Mill and Drake. It all started with Meek Mill accusing Drake over twitter of using ghost writers, notably the Canadian’s verse in Mill’s recent track “R.I.C.O”, and things just took off from there with Drake responding quickly with back to back diss tracks defending himself and putting the Philadelphia rapper down. Drake’s second track called out Mill for not countering, though it seems he spoke too soon as the rapper just released his attempt at firing back yesterday, entitled “Wanna Know”.
The new song focuses more on the ghost writing allegations, with Mill maintaining that Drake doesn’t write his own lyrics, and oddly enough references a 5 year old incident where Drake was supposedly urinated on at a movie premier.
“You really sweet, I call you buttercup / You f*cking dork, you changed the style because you studied us / Coming with the same flow / Switching up your lingo / We just want a refund, this ain’t what we paid for/ I just wanna know, I just wanna know / Was it Quentin Miller? Was it Hush or was it Detail where you really got your flow,” says Meek Mill on the track, listing the three ghost-writers he has accused Drake of using.
Quentin Miller has already come forward explaining his side of this whole ordeal, confirming that he never wrote for Drake, especially not without being properly credited. However Mill seems to be set on this idea, with “Wanna Know” showcasing a brief sample of “Know Yourself”, a track featuring Miller singing “Running through the Six with my woes.” and following it with “I just wanna know, if you ain’t write that running through the Six sh*t / Tell us who the f*ck was Quentin running through the Six with.”
The lyric that caught most people’s attention has been the one about Drake being pee’d on, mostly because it was so random. Chief of Ozone Magazine later came in to shed some light on the reference, saying “”Drake got peed on by TI’s drunk friend Cap at the Takers premiere in Hollywood. (or so I heard from reliable sources),” in a tweet, going on to say “Story I heard: Cap was fresh out of the Feds & drunk during the premiere, peed in the aisle & on Drake. He got clowned for not reacting.” However, no one has been able to confirm that Drake even attended the Takers premier in 2010.
Overall it seems responding has actually made the rapper even more humiliated, with the majority of the internet siding with Drake throughout this feud and many people calling Mill’s retaliation weak. The masses were not very blown away by anything in the song, and Mill is being widely criticized for using irrelevant and unsupported disses compared to Drake’s which seemed to cut deeper and touch on some present and real humiliations, like his lyric about Mill riding along his girlfriend Nicki Minaj’s world tour and getting booed off-stage at his appearance at Minaj’s show in Toronto (Drake’s hometown). Everyone from politicians to corporations have gotten in on the Mill hate, with Whataburger tweeting “Meek Mill take it from us – if you gonna serve beef serve it high quality,” shortly after the track’s debut. Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, who reportedly has a sour history with Mill’s manager, also threw in his two cents by responding online to one of the song’s lines “Y’all gonna have to give me a cheque to stop,” with a photo of him writing a cheque for $150 with the caption “Cool. Deposit $150 please now stop.” And of course, Toronto councillor Norm Kelly got back into the fray with a tweet saying “This is the reason people hire ghostwriters. #WeDidntWannaKnow,” making fun of the low quality of the track. The most potent yet most reserved response came from Drake himself though, with the rapper posting a photo of him laughing at something unseen on his cellphone, signifying his reaction to the diss track.
What happens from now on is anybody’s guess. Frankly, Drake doesn’t even need to keep this going, and if the internet’s general reaction is anything to go on, it seems like Meek Mill may not be taken too seriously from here on out. I don’t know about you, but I think if Drake were to answer to Mill’s track it would just be milking it at this point. Drake has potentially already said everything he could say, and it doesn’t look like it would be necessary to continue even if he did. Drake won this, plain and simple.