What started as a Twitter feud has escalated beyond the original rappers and extended into the sports world.
The Meek Mill-Drake feud isn’t new, so it should come as no surprise that the Toronto Raptors banned music from the Philadelphia-born rapper quite some time ago — it’s only surprising that we’re just hearing about it now.
— Complex UK (@complex_uk) January 14, 2016
According to an interview in Complex, Meek Mill is never played in the Raptors locker room, and it’s been that way for quite a while, Raptors forward Patrick Patterson told the media outlet. Instead, the NBA players in Canada listen to Young Thug, Rick Ross, Weezy, Rich Homie Quan and — you guessed it — Drake.
“Oh yeah, Meek Mill has been banned for a long time. No one plays Meek Mill.”
For those who don’t know, Drake is an ambassador for the Toronto Raptors and a native of Toronto.
The beef between Drake and Meek Mill began back in July when Meek Mill complained via Twitter that Drake doesn’t write his own songs. Drake quickly responded with a diss track directed at Meek Mill, and before too long Meek Mill shot back at Drake with a song of his own, called “Wanna Know.” Drake also is said to have taken a shot at Meek Mill in his song “Back to Back.”
Find out more about how the Drake-Meek Mill rap war originally began in the video below.
On Saturday, it was confirmed that Meek Mill has attempted to continue the feud with shots taken at Drake on his 4/4 EP. On the mixtape teaser, Meek Mill freestyles over Drake and Future’s “I’m Da Plug” and responds to the diss Drake directed at Mill, insinuating that Meek Mill was only a part of Nicki Minaj’s tour because Minaj and Meek are dating.
Reaction to Meek Mill’s newest Drake diss has been largely negative, as most fans are asking why Meek Mill decided to fire back at the Canadian rapper now, five months after the last track was released. Originally, it was widely believed that Meek lost the rap battle, and the latest diss track directed toward Drake makes Mill look desperate, according to widespread opinions on social media.
— allhiphopcom (@allhiphopcom) January 17, 2016
Meek Mill be the male Lil Kim: he gotta mention Drake to stay relevant????????????
— Mami Champú❣ (@Stephy_G27) January 16, 2016
Meek mill spent 6 months of his life putting lyrics together to throw at drake’s diss. Smh get over it don mill
— Reyna (@HerHistoria) January 17, 2016
Drake’s history with the Toronto Raptors has been well documented, and during the interview with Complex, Patterson said that Drake’s association with the Canadian NBA team has helped to improve the image and popularity of the Toronto Raptors. Patterson even went so far as to compare the Canadian-born rapper to Jay Z.
“Jay Z did the same with the Brooklyn Nets but Drake is such a mogul that it definitely boosted the Raptors and more kids are now probably playing 2K16 with the Raptors because of him!”
What do you think of the news that the Toronto Raptors won’t play Meek Mill’s music in their locker room? Do you think it’s nice that the players support their ambassador, or do you think the banning of Meek Mill’s music is petty?
As it turns out, Meek Mill and Drake weren’t always beefing. In 2014, Meek Mill even praised Drake. Check it out in the video below.
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