For a moment there it appeared that the feud between Drake and Meek Mill was tapering off, with the Toronto rapper reportedly focusing on his mixtape with Future and his upcoming album, Views from the 6. But Drake’s fans are not quite ready to move on from the drama.
Drake was one of the performers at the Landmark Music Festival in Washington and during his set, fans started cheering and chanting “F*** Meek Mill.” The rapper acknowledged their support, laughing and telling them not to worry since “he’s dead already.” As expected, the crowd went wild.
The feud between the two rappers started, surprisingly enough (or not so surprising, given this day and age), on Twitter when Meek Mill suddenly told people to stop comparing him to Drake because “he don’t write his own raps.” Meek also pointed out that his fellow rapper didn’t promote his album Dreams Worth More than Money because he discovered that Drake used a ghostwriter.
Meek also went so far as to accuse Drake of not writing the verse on his album, tweeting –
“He ain’t even write that verse on my album and if I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album…..I don’t trick my fans! Lol”
He ain’t even write that verse on my album and if I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album….. I don’t trick my fans! Lol
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
Drake responded to the Meek Mill’s allegations by releasing the diss track “Charged Up,” saying that under the circumstances, it was the best way to “remind people” about what he does.
This started another round of tweets from Meek, who called Drake’s effort as “baby lotion soft.” But instead of tweeting his reply, the 28-year-old Canadian rapper fired back with another diss track titled “Back to Back,” which included the now infamous dig at Meek’s opening act for his girlfriend Nicki Minaj’s tour.
Rappers and rap fans alike were probably wondering where Meek Mill’s Drake diss track was at this point and the Philadelphia rapper obliged with his own freestyle “Wanna Know,” which did not turn out to be as well-received as he hoped it would be.
The beef between the two also seems to have inspired Drake to be productive as he and Future suddenly dropped their collaboration What a Time to be Alive on an unsuspecting public. While fans might have been caught off guard, they were happily surprised about the 11-song mixtape that features 9 collaborations and a new song each from both artists.
The DeGrassi alum also had another surprise up his sleeve in the form of an interview he gave to The Fader. The artist had previously announced that he would never do magazine interviews anymore after a not-so-good experience with one in the past.
The interview touched on a lot of things, including the ongoing feud with Meek Mill. According to the rapper, he was blindsided at the suddenness of Meek’s attack and was disappointed that the rapper took a while to come out with his response.
“This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music?” Drake pointed out. “You guys are gonna leave this for me to do? This is how you want to play it?”
He also called out Meek for what he perceived to be an ill-advised move.
“Nobody told you that this was a bad idea, to engage in this and not have something? You’re gonna engage in a conversation about writing music, and delivering music, with me? And not have anything to put forth on the table?”
Drake also apparently wanted to have the last laugh, which prompted him to put out “Back to Back” without waiting for Meek’s rejoinder to his previous diss track. For him, it was a great way to finish the feud.
“This has to, literally, become the song that people want to hear every single night,” he said. “And it’s gonna be tough to exist during this summer when everybody wants to hear [this] song that isn’t necessarily in your favor.”
[Images by Taylor Hill and Grant Lamos IV, Getty Images]