Young Thug was apparently fuming after he realized Pusha T dissed Drake on an unreleased Pop Smoke song called “Paranoia” featuring Thugger, Gunna and King Push. On Monday night (July 6), the Jeffery mastermind said he didn’t respect Push’s verse and concluded “this rapper shit so gay” following the discovery.
But it didn’t take long for Push to fire back. On Tuesday morning (July 7), the Clipse MC hit up his Instagram Stories and attempted to set Thugger straight, all while suggesting Drake is a snitch.
“Aye @youngthug couple things: Don’t feel bad. NOBODY knew what the verse was abt. 1. The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They ONLY ASSUME because HE TOLD them! The same way HE TOLD abt the Ross ‘Maybach 6’ verse. And if HE’LL TELL record executives abt rap verses, God only knows what else HE’LL TELL! I don’t deal in Police Work, Police Rappers or Police Niggas!!
“2. @youngthug you were the last verse added to the song and that’s ONLY because I requested YOU!! 3. And most important @youngthug, just so we are clear…I would NEVER look or need YOUR respect for what it is I bring to this rap game!!”
Pusha T responds to Young Thug: “NOBODY knew what the verse was abt” pic.twitter.com/74KxUdrFZy
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) July 7, 2020
Push also tagged Pop’s manager Steven Victor, ordering him to remove his verse.
“@stevenvictor I demand you take me off the deluxe @realpopsmoke album to avoid any confusion that may take away from this amazing body of work!” he wrote. “From rappers crying to record execs to blatant label censorship, I don’t ride with none of it … but love every bit of it!! Now y’all run along and be gangsters, but u leave the devil alone!”
Of course, Drake and Push have a murky past. In 2018, a war of words popped off after Pusha dissed the 6 God on the DAYTONA track “Infrared.” From there, the Toronto superstar returned fire with “Duppy Freestyle” and dragged Push’s then-fiancée Virginia Williams into it.
Now with the gloves off, Push clearly felt comfortable enough to expose Drake’s “secret son” with “The Story Of Adidon,” putting an abrupt end to the back-and-forth. Drake has since discussed the track many times and stated he wasn’t interested in ending his beef with Pusha during an interview with Rap Radar last December. At the same time, he conceded Push nabbed the crown.
“I have no desire to mend anything with that person,” he said. “That situation just went where it went, and there is no turning back. It’s not like those other situations that you mention. I’ll say this: I tip my hat to the chess move.”
He added, “I mean, it was a genius play in the game of chess and warranted my first quote-unquote, you know, loss in the competitive sport of rapping — by choice, obviously, because I bowed out after realizing that the gap between us allowed him to drop a bomb on the world.
“I sleep well at night knowing I didn’t get out-barred. It was just, you know, he told the world that the biggest artist at the time has a kid that he hasn’t told you about.”