The back and forth between Drake and Pusha T has been one of the most exciting moments in Hip Hop this side of 2000. The diss tracks are educating the youth on the lack of borders when it comes to content in beef as well as restoring the competitive nature between rappers in lyricism, not album sales or chart numbers. And that’s just the impact from round one (although that might be all we’re getting if Kanye West’s apparent peace treaty holds).
But it’s easy for fans to get caught up with their previous allegiances, so HipHopDX is breaking down the numbers on both sides to give a fair presentation of the facts.
Number Of Years This Beef Has Gone On
The beef between Pusha T and Drake originally stems from an argument between Lil Wayne and Clipse in 2006.
Here’s a quick rundown of the timeline.
April 2006: After Lil Wayne appeared on an issue of Vibe wearing Bape, Malice rapped, “Niggas bite the style from the shoes to the watches” on the song “Mr. Me Too.” Each camp then played the other side down with disrespect in several interviews that followed.
May 10, 2011: Pusha raps “They done freed Weezy/ Congratulations my nigga” on “Open Your Eyes.”
May 20, 2011: Drake released the song “Dreams Money Can Buy” with the line, “And I feel like lately it went from Top 5 to remaining 5/ My favorite rappers either lost it or ain’t alive.”
September 26, 2011: Pusha releases “Don’t Fuck With Me” over the same beat as “Dreams Money Can Buy,” solely aimed at Drake.
May 24, 2012: Pusha kept the hits coming with “Exodus 23:1,” which had the memorable line, “You signed to one nigga that signed to another nigga/ That’s signed to three niggas, now that’s bad luck.”
September 24, 2013: Drake responded with the line “I’m just as famous as my mentor/ But that’s still the boss, don’t get sent for/ Get hype on tracks and jump in front of a bullet you wasn’t meant for” on “Tuscan Leather” from his album Nothing Was The Same.
October 12, 2016: Pusha released “H.G.T.V. Freestyle” and reignited the beef with “It’s too far gone when the realest ain’t real/ I walk amongst the clouds so your ceilings ain’t real/ These niggas Call of Duty cause their killings ain’t real/ With a questionable pen so the feelin’ ain’t real.”
October 23, 2016: Drake then responded with “But really it’s you with all the drug dealer stories/ That’s gotta stop, though/ You made a couple chops and now you think you Chapo” on his song “Two Birds, One Stone.”
May 25, 2018: Pusha’s song “Infrared” on his Daytona album contains the lines “How could you ever right these wrongs/ When you don’t even write your songs?” and “The game’s fucked up/ Niggas’ beats is bangin’, nigga, ya hooks did it/ The lyric pennin’ equal the Trumps winnin’/ The bigger question is how the Russians did it/ It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin.”
May 25, 2018: Within 24 hours, Drake dropped “Duppy Freestyle.”
May 29, 2018: Pusha comes back hard with “The Story Of Adidon.”
# Of Actual Disses In Each Response
Duppy Freestyle: 17 (9 are aimed at Pusha)
The Story Of Adidon: 11 (8 are aimed at Drake)
By DX’s count, Drake pulls away on the scorecard if this was a boxing match with punches landed. He strings together more combos like, “Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me/ I pop style for 30 hours then let him repeat.” He also has a wider scope for his targets than Pusha, going after Virginia (Pusha’s fiancée) and other associates. Pusha picks fewer targets then hones in and digs deep, focusing on the baby mama drama. And don’t forget the artwork for “The Story Of Adidon.”
References To Other People
Duppy Freestyle: 8
The Story Of Adidon: 6
The collateral damage from this beef is far reaching as various members from each crew and family members have been name dropped. And without fail, Quentin Miller is brought up on both sides.
— Q.M. (@Quentin__Miller) May 25, 2018
# Of Cuss Words
Duppy Freestyle: 1 (Fuck)
The Story Of Adidon: 3 (Bitch, Muthafucka, Muthafuckin’)
Both diss tracks are relatively clean. Each rapper chooses to keep the explicit content to the actual lyrical barbs.
Song References In Drake’s Response
Drake put energy into wordplay in his diss track, using song names as part of his insults. They include “Pop Style,” “Cruel Summer,” “30 Hours,” “Father Stretch My Hands,” and “Infrared.”
— OVO Sound (@OVOSound) May 25, 2018
Duppy Freestyle: 9.95 Million (since May 25)
The Story Of Adidon: 9.44 Million (since May 29)
The difference in streams can be attributed to the fact that Drake’s response has been out several days longer than Pusha’s. But the average streams per day shows that Pusha has Drake beat on plays.
Duppy Freestyle: 3:05 (481 words)
The Story Of Adidon: 3:09 (338 words)
They both clock in at just over three minutes, but their approaches to what they do with that time is very different. Drake has a buckshot approach with his victims while Pusha prefers to snipe at those closest to Drake. In the literal sense of who said more, Pusha fit 338 words into his verse while Drake had 481 words.
Interactions On Genius
Duppy Freestyle: 1.1M views and 288 contributors
The Story Of Adidon: 1.3M and 361 contributors
Please stop referring to this picture as “artwork”…I’m not an internet baby, I don’t edit images…this is a REAL picture…these are his truths, see for yourself https://t.co/gd6vRS3HM8 pic.twitter.com/2el58HEZ8F
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 30, 2018
Time Before A Response
Drake: Less than 24 hours
Pusha T: 4 days
While Drake wasted almost no time releasing his response to “Infrared,” Pusha took his time to craft something on his own terms. This is actually on brand for his latest album since the name comes as a result of Pusha feeling like he can afford to make music on his own schedule at this point in his career. The clock is running now on Drake’s side at this point for Round 2.
Amount Of Money Involved
Aside from the $100,000 that OVO invoiced to G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T also claims Drake has offered $100,000 to anyone who can give him dirt on Pusha.
Number Of Sophie Brussaux Searches On Pornhub
After the internet put two and two together, people uncovered that Drake’s alleged baby mother is former nude video model Sophie Brussaux. She’s since become a painter but naturally people were curious about her previous work. So, Pornhub ran a report of how many times people searched for Sophie Brussaux on May 30. Before “The Story Of Adidon” dropped on May 29, her name was searched, on average, 44 times a day. Within 24 hours later, “Sophie Brussaux” was searched 513,760 times and her former stage name “Rosee Divine” 256,374 times.
# Of Unrelated Beefs Reignited
Drake, Push ima let y’all finish but “Loose Change” was one of the most disrespectful diss records of ALL TIME… ?????
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) May 31, 2018
This is what you get for going to anything with this bum involved. pic.twitter.com/nAziOqj2Hx
— 50cent (@50cent) May 31, 2018
Somehow, the decades-long beef between 50 Cent and Ja Rule has started up again in the peanut gallery of Drake and Pusha’s battle. Ja Rule tweeted that “Loose Change” was “one of the most disrespectful disses of ALL TIME.” 50 was quick to reply with a jab about the Fyre Festival. The two have since gone back and forth on Twitter and Instagram to the joy of old heads.
# Of Jokes Resulting From The Fray
Too many to count
The internet was eating up the verbal exchanges between Pusha and Drake, with the latter getting the brunt of jokes for the revelation about his alleged baby mama. Take a look at a small portion of the antics below.
drake's response https://t.co/vjvEm5q1T9
— bobby (@bobby) May 30, 2018
Drake: “youre not top 5 in your label”
Pusha T: “youre not in your son’s life and your producer about to die” pic.twitter.com/K8HfgEvs8U
— Hip Hop (@HipHop) May 30, 2018
pusha t waited till the afternoon to drop that song just to make sure all the drake fans heard it after they got out of middle school
— Diplo Type Beat (EDM/hip Hop/chill) DM for promo (@_diplo_) May 30, 2018
“the hell wrong with my suits” pic.twitter.com/cc98w0ha5I
— k (@ktgonkt) May 30, 2018
Meek Mill listening to The Story of Adidon pic.twitter.com/z5STCfrYOY
— Henry (@HeroicHenry) May 30, 2018
— Eagle Dollar (@losoowavyy) May 30, 2018
I just saw that Ja Rule commented on the whole Drake vs. Pusha T beef, which is hilarious to me.
Each time I hear about Ja Rule giving his opinion on anything, all I can think about is this Dave Chappelle clip. WHERE IS JA?! pic.twitter.com/NMsOsUhQcJ
— Ameena Rasheed (@AmeenaRasheed) May 31, 2018
Y'all took this Drake and Pusha T beef too far ?? ain't no way Drake is coming back from this. pic.twitter.com/dglXfgeugp
— Independent Variable (@SupaFelaKE) June 1, 2018