Who doesn’t like a good ol’ fashioned rap beef?
Since Kool Herc’s first party in the South Bronx one summer day in August of 1973, feuds between MCs and crews have come and gone throughout hip-hop’s history. there’s really no shortage of a lyrical sparring match you can revisit and reminisce on. Even today, there’s some bad blood between rappers that’s just won’t go away. as part of our EDITORIALS fmg will be giving you some perspective on our series THE ART OF RAP BEEFS. ENJOY!!!
Coming off Dreams Worth More Than Money becoming No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2015, Meek Mill was on the cusp of becoming a top-tier rapper, but he needed to get something off his chest. On one July night, he called out Drake for not promoting his album on social media, and claimed he used Quentin Miller to write his verse for “R.I.C.O.” “He ain’t even write that verse on my album and if I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album….. I don’t trick my fans! Lol,” he wrote on Twitter.
It sparked a widespread debate over the acceptability of ghostwriters in hip-hop—not to mention names like Lupe Fiasco and OG Maco chiming in on the conversation and adding their two cents about Drake and the importance of authenticity. Drake’s longtime producer, Noah “40” Shebib, defended him in a series of tweets and added “so if someone wants to be upset that Drake made a great album, go for it, get mad all day lol! but don’t ever question my brothers pen.”
At this point in Drake’s career, who was arguably the No. 1 MC, he wasn’t going to have anyone challenge him and get away with it. He dropped two diss tracks — “Charged Up” and “Back to Back” — which the latter became Grammy nominated for Best Rap Performance. Meanwhile, Meek would have Funkmaster Flex expose Drizzy by dropping If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late Reference tracks before premiering “Wanna Know,” a diss that lacked the bark of Drake’s tracks.
It started to look really bad for Meek when Drake opened his OVO Fest performance with an overwhelming amount of memes that poked fun at him. After that, Meek absolutely went ghost on Twitter, and halted any release of new music until in early 2016 when he dropped his 4/4 EPs.
Clearly, Meek took the L and has been facing an uphill battle ever since.