It seems as though Drake hasn’t been able to catch a break over the last few months.
We’ve all seen the “Headlines” rapper go toe to toe with Meek Mill, going as far as releasing multiple diss tracks that have called out the Philly rapper. We’ve seen Joe Budden enter the mix, releasing tracks of his own and persistently discussing Drake’s character. We’ve even seen Eminem, also known as Slim Shady, get involved. Ultimately, all of the beef that has surrounded the OVO rapper has certainly caused some buzz.
While Drake has managed to come away clean from these hit and miss altercations, there was rumor of a new player in town who wanted to take a shot at the “Marvin’s Room” crooner: Andre 3000.
As reported previously by The Inquisitr, it seemed as though Andre 3000 was taking shots at Drake through his verse on Frank Ocean’s track “Solo.” The 41-year-old rapper hadn’t been known to have any beef, but his verse hits just a little too close to home in regards to Drizzy’s recent troubles.
“I am no rookie but feel like a kid / Lookin’ at the other kids / With astonishment while I’m on punishment, watchin’ the summer come close to an end / After 20 years in / I’m so naive I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses / It’s comin’ back different and yea that s*** hurts me / I’m hummin’ and whistlin’ to those not deserving / I’m stumbled and lived every word, was I working just way too hard?”
If you’ve been following Drake’s celebrity news, it’s easy to believe that Andre 3000 is targeting the rapper for the allegations of having a ghostwriter. Fortunately, artist Cee-Lo has cleared the air on the verse and its alleged target.
In a report by HotNewHipHop, Cee-Lo took part in a discussion about Andre 3000’s verse on the radio show Sway In The Morning. A seemingly neutral party in a world full of rap beef and indirect shots, the “Crazy” singer spoke about a conversation that he had with Andre about his part on Frank Ocean’s “Solo.”
“He was telling me that he did that verse like two years ago,” Cee-Lo began on Sway In The Morning.
Cee-Lo continued, specifying that Andre 3000’s verse was in no way a diss to the Toronto native.
“I can confirm that it’s not, but it’s good for hip-hop,” Cee-Lo said.
This seems to have erased any sign of beef between Andre 3000 and Drake. While it’s not surprising that there are artists who dislike Drake and still question the legitimacy of his writing, Cee-Lo ensures fans that Andre has no ill will toward him.
It would seem suspect that Andre 3k would go after Drake. After all, the two worked on a single together when Drake released the track “The Real Her.” Drake and Lil’ Wayne head the song, and the “Hey Ya” rapper finishes with a strong verse.
Andre 3000's Swipe At Drake Proves Ghostwriting Doesn't Matter ... But Still Won't Get You The Crown https://t.co/Txz9N10Ybq— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) August 23, 2016
According to HipHopDX, writer Maurice Garland took to Facebook to further debunk the thought that an artist like Andre 3000 would attack Drake for possibly having a ghostwriter.
“Why everybody assuming 3000 talking about Drake? Surely, dude can’t be the only rapper using a little help in the studio, it could be a blanket statement, no? On top of that, I don’t know anything about Dre’s creative process, but I don’t think buddy would use one of the rare times that he raps on record to spend time and words talking about somebody. Even if it was directed at buddy…it’s crazy how that one speck of a verse is what people are putting fork and knife to.”
If there was ever a mic drop to be had, Garland seems to have made it. Speculation will undoubtedly remain, but it seems that Drake has escaped yet another issue untouched.
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