We’ve had “possible” knockdown, drag outs in the past. Kendrick Lemar versus Drake… never happened. Lil Wayne versus Pusha T… never happened. Who would’ve thought we’d get Drake versus Pusha T and that is would be this epic? In one corner you have the very definition of a lyrical veteran. In the other corner, you have easily, the top rapper in the game - quite possibly the biggest male music act in the world now.
Depending on how you look at this, either man is ripe for the upset. Pusha T is an expert lyricist but has never been tested in a battle of any magnitude. Meanwhile, Drake has recently shown us that he’s not to be played. Evident in how he basically swept Meek Mill out of their battle a couple years ago. Now what we’re going to do here is to breakdown the history, breakdown the bars, and give you the winner… unless something changes during the writing of this post. Let’s get this going!
One question everyone is asking… how did this start?
Interesting enough this war of words started in 2008 with “Re-Up Gang Intro” by Pusha T which he throws shots at Lil Wayne with the infamous bars:
Sorry but, I don't respect who you applauding
Little nigga flow, but his metaphors boring
Don't make me turn daddy's little girl to orphan
That would mean I'd have to kill Baby like abortion!
In 2012, Pusha T turns things up a notch by dropping the exceptional “Exodus 23:1 featuring The Dream”, unleashing various shots at Lil Wayne and Drake.
The best rapper alive responded with a… tweet.
It’s 2015 and Pusha T shows no signs of chill by releasing “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets”. Again, throwing shots at Lil Wayne and Drake.
It’s the fall of 2016 and finally someone from Young Money responds to Pusha T. Drake drops the bars:
Pusha T drops the remarkable Daytona on May 25, 2018. He lands a hard hitter with the last track of the album, “Infrared”, where Pusha T intensifies the war of words with scathing bars like:
The game's fucked up
Niggas’ beats is bangin', nigga, ya hooks did it
The lyric pennin' equal the Trumps winnin’
The bigger question is how the Russians did it
It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin
Drake took no time in responding a mere hours later, he drops the “Duppy Freestyle”. He’s not only coming at Pusha T but coming at Kanye. Unleashing lyrics like:
I could never have a Virgil in my circle
And hold him back 'cause he makes me nervous
I wanna see my brothers flourish to their higher purpose
You niggas leeches and serpents
I think it's good that now the teachers are learnin', yeah
Your brother said, it was your cousin then him, then you
So, you don't rap what you did, you just rap what you knew
Don't be ashamed, it's plenty niggas that do what you do
There's no malice in your heart, you're an approachable dude
So the Memorial Day weekend passes with no word from Pusha T. Rap fans were anxious to know if what he had done to Pusha T mirrored what he had done to Meek Mills just a couple years back. We would soon know the answer by the end of Tuesday night that it would be an emphatic NO. Pusha T drops, “The Story of Adidon” and with one verse, one single cover, and one extraordinary revelation, proves why his name is synonymous with exceptional lyrics, and why he has remained in this rap game since the late 90s by washing Drake up. To just pick a few a lines from track wouldn’t do it justice, as the whole track should be heard but there is nothing more disrespectful than:
Still givin' you classics, that's the only thing that dates me
OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick
How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick
I got the devil flow, nigga, six, six, six
Surgical summer with it, snip, snip, snip
And you don't really want it with him
The bars are pure savagery. Pusha T comprised Drake as a rapper, as a father, as a brand, and his overall integrity as a human being. I would say...flawless victory! Pusha T by unanimous decision.