Drake and Joe Budden are butting heads, but is Eminem planning to step into the fray? Drake had better hope not.
Meek Mill has already taken a backseat to Drake’s diss tracks, but is Drake ready to take on the likes of one of the greatest lyricists to have ever stepped to the microphone? Eminem is undoubtedly talented, and he has displayed his ability on more than one occasion. It would be a bold statement for someone to brush him off, and Drake did just that.
A report by HipHopDx mentions that Hot97 media personality Ebro had a conversation with Drake about Joe Budden and Eminem. We already know that Joe Budden is allegedly in possession of direct messages that Drake sent in regards to their current beef, but Drake denies any concern about it. Understandably so, as Drake is one of the hottest names in the rap game at this point in time. His Views album has maintained steady play, and there shouldn’t be anyone who is unfamiliar with the Toronto native and his increasingly impressive number of hits. However, that’s not enough to stand on the same ground as Eminem.
Ebro had this to say when he discussed Eminem with Drake.
“I told Drake that I heard the rumor was Eminem was going to gear up to come after him,” Ebro mentions. “He laughed. He was like, ‘That’s not gonna happen.’ He’s like, ‘He’d never do that. And if he did, I got something for him, too.'”
Drake looks confident, but he doesn’t seem to realize that Eminem loves and lives for controversy. Drake is mainstream. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it doesn’t lend him the credentials to step to the plate against Eminem. He held his own against Meek Mill, though it’s a fairly one-sided opinion on whether or not Meek Mill would present as much of a challenge to the OVO rapper as Slim Shady. They stand on two different levels, and Em is always eager to dismantle whoever stands in front of him. Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey, and many others have faced the wrath of Eminem. Adding Drake to the list would be another day in the studio. While Eminem is just as mainstream, his credibility is more clearly established. Few could question his skill, and even fewer would want to test their luck against it.
This isn’t to say that Drake is a pushover. The two have performed together, namely on the single “Forever.” Eminem had arguably the best verse, but that’s no surprise. Drake’s lyrics force one to dwell on them for a while. They’re deep, intriguing, and presented in a manner that only Drizzy could give. Still, Eminem’s savagery far outweighs any diss that Drake has currently released. The “Lose Yourself” rapper makes direct mentions, while Drake is more indirect. Drake has yet to properly address Joe Budden, so the question stands on what evidence he’s produced for anyone to take him seriously. It would be a blow to Drake’s career, and it’s hard to believe that Drake would gamble to such an extent.
Of course, some would suggest that Ebro’s claims are smoke and mirrors. A report by Vulture mentions that Ebro’s track record for truth is on the fence. Still, there’s plenty of reason why Eminem would step in. After all, he did sign Joe Budden to Slaughterhouse. Could Drake be gearing up to take down Budden’s associates? It seems unlikely, as the OVO rapper isn’t known for targeting individuals if they haven’t already done the same to him.
Who do you favor in the potential beef between Drake and Eminem? Do you think that Drake has a chance at victory over someone as lyrically talented as Eminem? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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