Here’s Why Drake Said He Hasn’t Always Seen Eye to Eye With Ludacris at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
"Ludacris, we haven’t always seen eye to eye, but I’ve always been a big fan of yours and I got a lot of love for you," he said during an acceptance speech for one of the 13 trophies he'd ultimately take home during the ceremony. "I want to let you know that face to face, while I’m still here."
Here's the thing about Drizzy's squashing his beef with Luda: most people had no idea they were beefing in the first place. Minutes after Drizzy's speech, plenty of people were wondering what, exactly, Drizzy was talking about. That, like many of life's most important questions, requires a history lesson. Let's take it back to 2010, when Drizzy called out "other rappers" for using Big Sean's patented "Supa Dupa" flow.
"I hate that rappers picked that flow up," Drizzy told AllHipHop about seven years ago. "I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it."
Seven years is a long time, so you might not remember Luda's usage of the Supa Dupa flow, or even what the Supa Dupa flow is in the first place. It might be best described as a punchline using a pause instead of a "like" or "as." For example, take Ludacris' "My Chick Bad," a track from his 2010 album, Battle of the Sexes.
On the track, Luda raps, "Coming down the street like a parade, Macy's." Peep the comma. There's a pause between "parade" and "Macy's," which is the same sort of pause Big Sean used repeatedly on his track "Supa Dupa" years and years ago.
At least a few other people, including Drizzy himself, used that flow around the same time, and so Luda, somewhat justifiably, believed Drake was talking about him. In subsequent days, Luda released "Bada Boom," taking shots at Drizzy.
On the track, Luda raps, "Counterfeit rappers say I’m stealing they flows. But I can’t steal what you never made up, bitch." Ouch.
Drizzy didn't say much about the diss song, and any perceivable tension between Luda was probably left unexplored since the two didn't appear to cross paths too often.
Years later, Drizzy name dropped Luda on his track "How About Now." On the track, Drizzy raps, "I used to always try and burn you CDs of my new shit/You be like, ‘Who’s this?’/I’d be like, ‘Me, girl,’ You be like, ‘Oh, word, true shit?’/Then ask if we could listen to Ludacris/Them car rides made me feel like I was losin’ it.”
In 2015, Luda popped up on The Breakfast Club and told the hosts Drake came to him and "apologized like a man," and wrote off the idea that Drizzy was dissing him on "How Bout Now." At the time, Luda said Drizzy was simply keeping it real.
"I think there is a little bit of a true story behind that," Luda explained. "His girl at the time, with all due respect, was probably doing a little bit more than that. It’s a true story and I think that’s why he said that."
So there you have it. Drizzy's comment might have seen completely random, but if you've been following the Toronto rapper throughout his career, you might just have recalled his mini-beef with the Atlanta MC.
Peep Drizzy's Luda shout-out in the video below.
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