Gone are the days when feuds between rappers were usually settled on the streets. Now, the battlefield is social media. The latest war began last Tuesday, when Meek Mill lobbed a series of tweets aimed at Drake.
Now you know the source of all of those “Drake has a ghostwriter” headlines. It was even alleged that Drake’s verse on Meek’s track “R.I.C.O.” was penned by someone other than Drake. Drizzy didn't publicly support Meek's album despite being on it. (Awkward much? No wonder Meek got his feelings hurt.)
Meek later identified Drake's supposed ghostwriter as Quentin Miller, a rapper from Atlanta who is listed as a co-writer on a number of Drake's songs.
Fighting words for any MC. Could it all be over Meek's current bae Nicki Minaj, whom Drake has very publicly thirsted over in the past?
The plot thickened when Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex played a reference version of "10 Bands," a song from Drake's "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late." According to Flex's anonymous source from Drake's crew, Drake keeps Miller on retainer for $5,000 a month.
Producer Noah "40" Shebib jumped to the defense of his longtime partner, yet Drake still opted not to respond - at least not publicly. A leaked DM from rapper Hitman Holla tells another story.
Drizzy then responded in the most passive-aggressive way possible: by liking a video on Instagram that more or less disses Meek Mill. In the video seen below, posted by South London hip hop duo Krept and Konan, Meek Mill’s recent Fader cover is replaced by Skepta’s. Oh, the shade of it all.
Nothing substantial came from Drake until he dropped the diss track "Charged Up" on Saturday night (along with two other new songs, which are good because he's Drake, but come on, the diss track is what we were all really waiting for).
"Charged Up" may sound mellow at first listen, but the lyrics hit hard, notable examples being “Done doing favors for people/‘Cause it ain’t like I need the money I make off a feature/I see you n***** having trouble going gold/Turning into some so-and-sos that no one knows."
He also dispels rumors that the feud has anything to do with being jealous of Meek for dating Nicki: “No woman ever had me starstruck/ Or was able to tell me to get my bars up.”
Despite Drake obviously alluding to his work with Meek and the rapper's sales numbers, Meek's response to "Charged Up" was disappointing, to say the least.
No response track? Not even a hint of a single verse? Nope, and he even went so far as to post a fake-out response from Tumblr, essentially making light of the whole thing.
Nicki jumped into the fray as well, commenting about how she writes her own raps: “Y’all don’t even know how to pronounce the motherf---ing words in my motherf---ing rap, bitch."
And as far as being "starstruck," as Drake put it in "Charged Up," Meek, apparently, has no shame:
You might think the beef would die down here? It did not. Drake released a second diss track, "Back to Back Freestyle," early this morning. Within a few hours the song had had over one million plays and was the number 1 trending topic on Twitter. When you listen to it, it's not hard to imagine why: Drake clearly went for blood this time.
Drake starts off by implying that Meek isn't even worth his time: "When I look back I might be mad that I gave this attention/But it's weighing heavy on my conscience/And f***, you left a boy no options." As Drizzy claims, he had to do it, and the rest of the song is just brutal.
He responds to the ghostwriting claims ("This for y'all that think that I don't write enough/They just mad 'cuz I got the midas touch") and to the fact that Meek called him out on social media instead of, like, any other way ("Yeah, trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers/You getting bodied by a singing n****/I'm not the type of n**** that'll type to n****").
What's got most people talking, though, are the shots at Meek and Nicki's relationship: “You love her and you gotta give the world to her/ Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?” It gets worse from there - listen for yourself.
As if the actual content of the song wasn't enough, the cover art for "Back to Back" is a photo of Joe Carter after the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series after beating the Philadelphia Phillies. (Drake is from Toronto. Meek is from Philly. Drake is adding insults within his insults.)
While everyone's been making funeral plans for Meek, Meek hasn't said much at all. Since "Back to Back" dropped this morning - and nearly broke Twitter with the resulting memes - it was nothing but radio silence from the normally mouthy Meek, until he posted a somewhat cryptic status update on Twitter.
What does the Z mean? Was it posted by mistake? Is he implying that he's bored and forgot to add the rest of the Zs? Who knows? He also took to Instagram, posting that he'll be in the studio soon.
Will Drake release yet another diss track in the coming days? Will Meek actually get in the studio to pick up the gauntlet Drake has thrown? Only time will tell.