The Six Exorcising Disses From Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle”
Pusha T’s “Infrared” prompted Drake to put a pause on “album mode,” and serve some sanctified shade to the former Clipse member on “Duppy Freestyle”.
Everyone was talking about Pusha T’s seven-track effort, Daytona, in a major way. From the controversial album cover, which has upset many people, to his penchant for drug-addled stories, to his closing song which reignited his beef with Drake.
Not even 24-hours removed from the release and hoopla of the G.O.O.D Music head honcho’s new project, Drake has taken fire from Mount Olympus and delivered it right to Pusha T’s doorstep in a not-so-subtle way. “Duppy Freestyle,” which you can listen to by clicking below, finds Drizzy addressing Pusha in a myriad of ways, while also blessing his Calabasas neighbor, Kanye West, with some sanctified shade as well.
Below, we spotlight six of the most exorcising disses from Drake that push Pusha T in front of that infrared beam.
“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”
It’s no secret that Drizzy has been heavily influenced by (and competitive with) Kanye West. And with all the controversies involving opioids, loving Donald Trump, liposuction, and questions about mental health surrounding the Chicago MC and producer, Drake claiming that he has been there for Yeezus as a John the Baptist-type when Push has not found the OVO Sound head honcho suggesting that the VA-native may be more Judas than Peter.
“You not even top 5 as far as your label talent goes”
While King Push might sit at the head of the G.O.O.D Music table, according to Drake, he’s not the preeminent top-tier artist that he thinks he is. With artists such as Teyana Taylor, Big Sean, Common, and Desiigner all popping in their own regards inside and outside of music, Drake is making the point of calling out that Push isn’t even “top 5” in his own circle, let alone amongst the best in the rap game.
“I could never have a Virgil in my circle and hold him back ‘cos he makes me nervous.”
Another close-to-the-chest reference Drake drops here, involving Virgil Abloh, the streetwear-and-sneaker creator behind the company Off-white. Those in the know, know that Virgil did a lot of work as part of DONDA, designing the cover art for 808s & Heartbreaks, Watch The Throne, Yeezus. Now, with the latter as the director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, Drake points out that Pusha has had that talented star in his midst all of this time but would rather “hold him back.”
“There’s no malice in your heart, you’re an approachable dude”
Pusha T’s brother, then known as Malice, was a heavy drug dealer as well out of Virginia. There came a time when he wasn’t with that life or with the raps about it either and decided to change his name to No Malice, hence the tie-in in the bar. But where Drake really digs in is when he alludes that Pusha wasn’t even the top guy in the drug crew he ran in with his brother, saying that even Malice admitted that it was his cousin, then him (Malice) and then Push, being the third man on the drug-dealing totem pole.
“I had a microphone of yours, but then the signature faded/I think that pretty much resembles what’s been happening lately”
Simply put, Drake is saying succinctly that Pusha T’s career is old, dated, dilapidated, and “faded”.
“I really shouldn’t have given you none of my time/‘Cos you older than the n***a you running behind”
Many will argue that Drake is one of the leading standard bearers of cool, so when he pokes fun at Pusha T not being cool enough to even get a response from the Toronto superstar there may be some conceivable truth with that. “The n***a you running behind” is also a dig that Pusha is 41-years-old and older than his boss, Kanye, who turns 41 next month in June.
What do you think of Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle”…? Did he come with it or do you think that Pusha T has more rounds in the fight to go? Speak on it with us on Twitter @Okayplayer.