It seems like forever since Meek Mill called out Drake for allegedly using a ghostwriter to compose his raps. You would think that after months of public feuding both Drake and Meek Mill would have realized that in Internet spats no-one wins, everyone just ends up looking both childish and foolish. You would also think that Meek Mill and Drake would realize that in the world of hip-hop, a war of words can often lead to blood on the street. As was reported by the Washington Post, all too often beefs between rappers ends in death. In fact, they report that a study reveals over half of dead hip-hop stars were murdered.
It’s not like Drake and Meek Mill are unaware of the potential for violence. After all, as reported by the Guardian last August, two people were killed and three more seriously injured in shootings at an afterparty hosted by Drake in Toronto after last years OVO Fest. There is no suggestion that Meek Mill or his crew were involved in that incident but in the hip-hop world violence can escalate easily.
Music fans will remember that the beef between Meek Mill and Drake flared after Meek accused Drake of using producer Quentin Miller to write several of his raps. Pitchfork reports that Miller denies this claim by saying, “I am not and never will be a ‘ghostwriter’ for Drake.”
It seems that Meek Mill and his crew were not happy about Millers comments. In an interview with Vlad TV Miller claims that he was attacked by Meek Mill and his crew in a Los Angeles at a Nike store. Meek demanded that Miller apologize for his denials and when he refused he was “sucker punched.”
Miller says that he was approached by Mill, who wanted him to apologize for his comments in front of some nearby paparazzi.
“I was walking to the Nike store and he approached me, and this was really my first time really talking with Meek, and basically he told me like you know, he ain’t appreciate the letter that I dropped and it made him seem like he was a liar.”
Daily News reports that Miller claims he refused and Meek and his crew left so he entered the store only to be approached by One of Meek’s crew who demanded that he should be recorded on a cell phone admitting that he had lied about not ghostwriting for Drake.
“It was like they kind of left and then one of his men came back with his phone out. He was like, ‘Yo, I need you to go on camera saying you apologize to Meek Mill and everything you said is a lie.’ And I was just like, ‘Nah man, I’m not doing that.
“And like mid-conversation, like mid me saying that, just pow, they just followed me in the Nike store, yeah, and just popped off in the Nike store.”
According to TMZ, Meek Mill denies that either he or his team had anything to do with assaulting Miller. Meek claims there is no security camera footage of the alleged incident and that Miller is lying about the incident. Mill even goes so far as to claim that Drake is behind the fabrication of the story just so that he can take a shot at Meek whilst he is under his current 90-day house arrest.
It seems scarcely believable that the beef between Meek Mill and Drake is still rumbling on after over 9-months. Given the propensity for rap feuds to explode into violence and drive-by shootings the Daily Beast sums things up nicely.
“Here’s hoping no further blood is shed in any Nike store, in any city, from this day forward—and that no more diss tracks see the light of day in this beef, for the love of the rap gods—in the name of Meek Mill and/or Drake.”
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