I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the beef from a distance, heard Drake’s hit diss record or read Meek Mill’s infamous tweets. But let’s get you guys informed about the events of Summer 2k15 so we can all get up to speed with the latest in the hip hop saga.
This July, Drake received criticism from Meek Mill, Rick Ross’ protégé, who claimed Drake was employing a ghostwriter for his most recent hit songs. A ghostwriter is a songwriter who receives under the table compensation for their contributions to a song or album, and employing them is a cardinal sin in hip hop. In reality, Meek was upset that Drake didn’t tweet about Mill’s latest project and claimed that the lack of support was the result of his discovery that the Toronto rapper used a ghostwriter on their joint single, R.I.C.O.
While most claims of inauthenticity in hip hop go unnoticed, Mill actually provided the name of the alleged ghostwriter, Quentin Miller, and his early recordings of popular would-be Drake songs. Unfortunately for Meek, Drake responded to the drama in the most hip hop way he knew how: he dropped two diss records in the same week. The latter of which, “Back to Back”, was a scathing hit that flooded the internet and was even nominated for a Grammy.
Meek’s “Twitter Fingers” continued long before his weak response record dropped the following week, and at this point, most people concluded that Drake had won regardless of the truth behind Meek’s initial claims.
Meek Mill took countless more L’s over the following months as several subliminal disses were fired from Drake and Atlanta rapper, Future, as well as more direct jabs from the ever-feuding 50 Cent. Some believed Mill’s career to be over and mocked his hip hop instincts as most of his responses came from Twitter instead of his music. However, things took an interesting turn this past week.
Last weekend, Drake released a new track, “Summer Sixteen”, officially launching his campaign for his upcoming album Views from the 6. The single appeared to be another diss record aimed at Meek Mill, referencing being in the hotel room above Meek at the Four Seasons the night of Back to Back dropping and his own dance moves from the Hotline Bling music video. Meek Mill responded immediately, posting a new track just 15 minutes later referencing those same two things and claiming Quentin Miller had informed him of what Drake would be talking about in “Summer Sixteen”. In an interesting turn of events, the overwhelming internet response was positive for Meek.
And so now we have to ask, who is really winning this seemingly endless beef? While Drake’s first response record this summer, “Charged Up” was viewed as a weak diss, the commercial success and quotability of “Back to Back” rendered the Toronto rapper victorious. Meek’s overall credibility took a hit through the process, but here we are half a year later wondering how Meek actually managed to respond so quickly to “Summer Sixteen”. Did he really find out from Quentin Miller? Does Drake really write any of his songs?
I guess all we can do is wait and see. Next week on hip hop beefs, Iggy Azalea vs the world. Just kidding.
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