Could Drake and Pusha T potentially have become this generation’s Tupac and Biggie? If you ask Rap-A-Lot Records CEO J. Prince, the answer is yes — or at least a maybe.
After Pusha released “The Story of Adidon” and that much-debated photo of Drake in blackface, fans figured it was only a matter of time before Drake dropped a response of his own. Would he respond with one track or two? But while the “Hotline Bling” rapper did offer an explanation for the blackface pic, a lyrical response to Pusha’s attack failed to materialize.
As it turns out, Prince actually advised Drake not to release his response, as revealed during an interview with DTLR Radio this week.
During a visit to “Sway in the Morning” on Monday, Prince elaborated on his reasoning, Billboard reports. The legendary producer explained that he didn’t want to see things between the two rappers escalate.
“I understand when those lines are crossed, I understand where it goes from there and that’s why I called it a ‘pig mentality.’ You know what I mean? Because you ‘finna — some slop ‘finna be thrown. My thing is, you’re a pig, then you’re a hog, and then ultimately you get slaughtered,” he said.
“And I feel like I witnessed a lot of this happen and a lot of people sit back when Biggie and Tupac was in the midst of battle. And you wonder, ‘How do these things go here?’ This is how they go there — when your mama and daddy and friends start feeling some kind of way. Before you know it, it’s going down.”
Wise words. As Prince claimed earlier in the interview, Drake’s response track would have been potentially career-ending for Kanye West and Pusha, which is apparently not Drake’s style.
“It definitely would’ve hurt families and we’re not in it for that. That’s not Drake’s character to tear a man down to that extent,” Prince explained.
Check out the full interview, with Prince’s remarks regarding the dangers of feuds like Tupac and Biggie’s beginning around the 9-minute mark.
[Photo Composite LtR: 1) Pusha T prior to performing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 31. By Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images. 2) J. Prince attends the UGK Concert at Club Bar-Rio February 19, 2006 in Houston, Texas. By Ray Tamarra/Getty Images. 3) Drake attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. By Kevin Mazur/VF18/WireImage, via Getty Images.]