Drake Claps Back at Pusha-T on New “Duppy Freestyle”
Right before Memorial Day weekend kicks off, Drake unloads a new freestyle on Friday (May 25), and it's safe to say shots have been fired at a target that looks an awful lot like Pusha-T.
Just about a day after King Push admitted to dissing Drizzy on the song “Infrared,” featured on Pusha’s new Daytona album, the Toronto rapper has unleashed his "Duppy Freestyle," a scathing rhyme session with bars seemingly directed at the Clipse rapper. Boi-1da and Jahaan Sweet produced the track.
Taking a precise approach to dissing an unnamed figure, Drizzy delivers more than a few ruthless bars about a rapper who's made a career out of drug-related rhymes. He doesn't say Pusha's name, but he throws in some references that make his goal pretty clear.
"Your brother said it was your cousin and him then you/So you don't rap what you did, you just rap what you knew/Don't be ashamed, there's plenty niggas that do what you do/It's no malice in your heart, you an approachable dude," he spits. In case you didn't know, Malice is Pusha's brother.
A bit later on in the song, Drizzy seemingly references a microphone he bought off eBay years ago that had Pusha's autograph on it. Then, he addresses the notion that he used Quentin Miller as a ghostwriter, which is an accusation Pusha makes on his Daytona track, "Infrared."
Drizzy also appears to throw a few Kanye West shots into the mix, suggesting that 'Ye wasn't doing what he could do to support his one-time protege, Virgil Abloh. Abloh used to be Kanye's creative director before becoming Louis Vuitton's artistic director this past March.
In the early going, fans have been all about this new track from the OVO leader, and King Push wasted no time responding. Using his Twitter account to address the 6ix God's new song, Pusha retweeted the OVO Sound Twitter account announcing the song and wrote, "Send the invoice for the extra 20."
In his "Duppy Freestyle," Drake raps, "Tell 'Ye we got a invoice coming to you/Considering that we just sold another 20 for you." The line could be seen as Drake implying that him dissing Pusha will lead to more record sales for the Virginia rhymer.
On Instagram, doing just what Pusha asked of him, Drake addressed a $100,000 invoice to the former Clipse member’s record label for promotional assistance and career reviving.
Even Quentin Miller, the rapper and songwriter who was thrown into the Drake and Meek Mill beef back in 2015, reacted to the track after he was brought into this new war of words. Drake mentioned a person named Q on “Duppy Freestyle,” rhyming, “And as for Q, man, I changed his life a couple times/Nigga was at Kroger working double time/Y’all acting like he made the boy when I was trying to help the guy.”
Once Quentin heard the Kroger line and his past work with Drake as a songwriter, he responded on Twitter, writing, “It was a publix actually... #crshdfilesvol2 out now hyperurl.co/ykpiki.” He added a link to his new Wdg Crshrs EP, Crshd Files, Vol. 2, which just dropped, and an image of the Publix supermarket he once worked at in Georgia.
As for the song’s title, Drizzy seems to have carefully planned that out considering the word duppy means malevolent spirit or ghost. The title could be Drake taking a shot at Pusha-T’s seemingly bad energy and the ghostwriting claims he delivered on “Infrared.” "The game's fucked up/Niggas beats is bangin’, nigga, ya hooks did it/The lyric pennin' equal to Trump's winnin'/The bigger question is how the Russians did it/It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin," Pusha delivered on the track.
Check out Drake's "Duppy Freestyle" below.
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