Drake and Meek Mill made headlines last night after the duo exchanged heated words via their new tracks “Summer Sixteen,” and “War Pain,” respectively. After Meek Mill took to Instagram to allege that someone in Drake’s camp gave him the lyrics to “Summer Sixteen” prior to its release, fans are now pointing the finger at producer and Snapchat enthusiast DJ Khaled.
The allegations began after Drake debuted the first new single off of his impending Views From The 6 album via OVO Sound Radio last night, making a point to replay “Summer Sixteen” a total of four times on the program before ending his hosting duties for the live show.
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In the track, Drake takes aim at everyone from President Obama to Kanye West, Jay Z, Tory Lanez, and of course, Meek Mill, who has been waging a war against Drake since accusing the Toronto native of using a ghostwriter to pen his tracks last year.
Shortly after Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” began trending on social media, Meek Mill surprised fans with the release of his second 4/4 EP alongside another scathing Drake diss track titled “War Pain.”
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It didn’t take long for fans to begin drawing comparisons between Drake’s newly released “Summer Sixteen” and Meek Mill’s “War Pain,” leading some to believe that Meek Mill had access to Drake’s new single prior to the track’s debut last night, Complex reported.
In “Summer Sixteen,” Drake raps, “Used to wanna be on Roc-A-Fella, then I turned into Jay.” Meek Mill references the line in “War Pain” with, “You ain’t writing, n****, we caught you / Can’t erase that s*** / And you claiming you HOV now? / Why you state that s***?”
In addition, Drake takes aim at “new Toronto” while dissing fellow Toronto native singer Tory Lanez, who was previously featured on Meek Mill’s track, “Lord Knows.”
“All you boys in the new Toronto want to be me a little,” Drake raps in his song. Meek Mill replies, “Tory from the six, you hating on him / Lord knows.”
If the overlap between the duo’s tracks wasn’t evident enough, Meek Mill also references Drake’s claims that he purposely rented out the hotel room above where Meek and girlfriend Nicki Minaj were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel when they made a tour stop in Toronto for their “The Pinkprint Tour” last summer.
The uncanny similarities between the two tracks ignited speculation that someone in Drake’s OVO camp may have leaked the lyrics to “Summer Sixteen” before its release, which Meek Mill seemingly confirmed with a forward Instagram post last night.
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“The ghost writer told me!” Meek Mill shared alongside a photo of himself laughing.
While Meek Mill’s post had many fans pointing the finger at Drake’s alleged ghostwriter Quentin Miller, other fans allege that DJ Khaled, who can be heard shouting, “They don’t want us to have a bigger pool than Kanye!” at the end of “Summer Sixteen,” may be to blame for the alleged tip-off.
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One fan explains, “@djkhaled I see you on drake track on Summer Sixteen & I know you boys with Ross & Meek so you let him in on Summer Sixteen alie.”
Similarly, another fan shares a screenshot of a debate between Drake fans over the DJ Khaled “mole” rumors, explaining, “Considering that Khaled bit at the end of Summer Sixteen, it makes sense that Ross or even Khaled would let Meek in on some of the s*** that Drake said.” Another fan replies, “Ross did throw shots at Drake around the time his new album dropped. Khaled definitely gave it to Meek. Just look at how often Khaled collabs with Ross and Meek, then look at how often he collabs with Drake. Khaled has a horse in this race and it’s MMG.”
Similarly, other fans pointed out that Khaled didn’t comment on the release of Drake’s new track on social media despite having been featured at the end of the song.
“Side note, anyone else notice how Khaled hasn’t posted anything about being on Drake’s new record? Nothing on his twitter, Instagram, or snapchat,” the fan explains.
While DJ Khaled fans came to the producer’s defense amid the speculation, noting that Khaled and Drake are close friends and are rumored to be working on other projects together, it appears that Meek’s ghostwriting accusations against Drake are only continuing to escalate.
What do you think of fans dragging DJ Khaled into the Meek Mill and Drake feud?
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