UPDATE: Meek Mill Reacts To Twitter Bash Against Drake...and so does Drake
UPDATE: Following Meek Mill's tweet yesterday against Drake (see below), Meek has now come back with an apology - sort of - by saying "Let him be great". He just used this phrase during a concert as a part of Nicki Minaj's ongoing "The Pinkprint Tour" in Virginia where nobody expected something like that. In detail: "Let him be great in all the motherf***ing lanes he great at. But I'm gon' still be ther realest nigga in this bi**ch."
But the real interesting part is that Drake has responded to the incident - again...sort of. This is surprising because he generally always stays clear from any issues or rumours in the media but even he has to draw the line somewhere if someone is sending for him the way Meek has. The below post shows the screenshot of Hitman Holla's conversation with Drizzy.
Lupe Fiasco, who is known to be one of the most lyrical hip-hopper, is now the latest artist commenting on the dispute between Drake and Meek Mill. In an open letter where he stay's neutral, though, he writes that ghostwriting in hip-hop has always been part of the rap. "It is nothing to go crazy over or be offended about unless you are someone who postures him or herself on the importance of authenticity and tries to portray that quality to your fans or the public at large."
Further, Lupe notes that it's mostly the modern day culture of the industry and radio which has hurt rap nowadays. He says "I set up ambiguous rules and systems for success that don't take into consideration the quality and skill of the rappers craft. It redefined rap as just being a beat driven hook with some words in between and an entire generation has surrendered to chasing the format instead of chasing the art form."
The Haunting. A Letter Part 1 of 2 To rappers from a rapper...simply write your own rhymes as much as you can if you are able. Ghostwriting, or borrowing lines, or taking suggestions from the room has always been in rap and will always be in rap. It is nothing to go crazy over or be offended about unless you are someone who postures him or herself on the importance of authenticity and tries to portray that quality to your fans or the public at large. Then we might have a problem. Some of the most pivotal moments in rap have been ghostwritten verses. This leads to a bigger point. Rapping is not an easy thing to do. It's takes years of work and trial and error to master some of its finer points. Respect from other MC's comes in many formats. Sales, live performances, realness etc but the one thing that is the most important is the raps themselves at least in the eyes of other serious rappers. The phrase "I'm not a rapper" gets thrown around as if it's a badge of honor. And that's fine. If rap is a side hustle for you or just a come up then by all means may the force be with you. But I know a lot of MC's where rap is the first love and the first thing they think about when they wake up and the last thing they think about when they go to sleep. Rappers who pursue the art form with this level of intention may not become rich and famous off selling their raps to a wide audience but that has never been an accepted metric to begin with in terms of quality or level of skill. The vast majority of rappers will never sell 100 records in their lifetimes let alone millions. But that's not the point, the point is that what pursuing the craft gives us in terms of the intangibles is something that record sales or fame could never represent. We achieve a mastery of language and poetics that competes on the highest levels of discourse across the entirety of human history. We express ourselves creatively and attain a sense of liberation and self-esteem via this sacred mode of creation and communication.
Just a few short days ago, everything seemed cool between Meek Mill and Drake. However, it looks like Meek Mill, who is currently in a relationship with Nicki Minaj, and Drake are in the midst of a battle, and Meek Mill is the latest to come out swinging in the boxing ring after the rapper went on a Twitter tantrum early Wednesday morning (Jul 22) against the Toronto rapper.
Meek Mill’s rant came as a surprise to many as Drake recently featured on his chart-topping album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, and when Meek Mill ended up in jail last year on a probation violation Drake showed his support. He even voiced his appreciation for Meek Mill’s intro on Dreams and Nightmares, calling it ‘one of the best rap moments of our generation’.
Well, it looks like all is lost between the two as Meek now claims Drake doesn’t write his own lyrics- and that he’s a big ol’ fake who regularly employs a ghostwriter. OUCH!
Meanwhile, a number of celebrities and fans have shared their thoughts on Meek’s rant and the allegations that Drake uses a ghostwriter:
Drake must write his own bars, he raps about his mum and his ex's too much for it to be a ghostwriter.— MIC (@MicRighteous) July 22, 2015
If Drake don't write his raps I feel like I've been slandering him for absolutely no reason all these years.— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) July 22, 2015
How any of yall don't see through @cthagod is beyond me!!! Dude has to inject himself into shit and make situations worse for ratings— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) July 22, 2015
I’m literally too busy for “beef” (none of this is real beef) but to watch someone blatantly try to get hot off rappers’ issues is CORN— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) July 22, 2015
Yo I want in on this twitter Beef!! VMAs is the new WWF!! @edsheeran Fuck You!— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) July 22, 2015
@BrunoMars any way we do dis you gon' come up short— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) July 22, 2015
Hey Drake, we’ve got some ready-made wraps too… pic.twitter.com/wprts9aBdN— Tesco (@Tesco) July 22, 2015
So you paid drake for a feature and for a verse he didn't even write ? pic.twitter.com/QAHPjw7aUn— truひ (@wavyjaay) July 22, 2015
We don't care if Drake writes all his music or not. I think he even says " I could use a writer just to balance out my flows"— TRAPGOD LOU (@LXUDIOS) July 22, 2015
Drake doesn't need to respond he just needs to drop his album & let the numbers show Meek why they not comparable. Writer or no writer.— TRAPGOD LOU (@LXUDIOS) July 22, 2015
Nobody wants Tidal, Anaconda did not have a major impact on pop culture & Meek Mill is not better than drake. What are that couple drinking?— TRAPGOD LOU (@LXUDIOS) July 22, 2015
I'm going to need Drake to drop something like this. pic.twitter.com/I08li88Tbu— I Got the Juice™ (@MotivatedThot) July 22, 2015
The rap game looks like an episode of Empire right now. Whoever is doing the writing deserves an award.— Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) July 22, 2015
UPDATE: It appears Meek Mill is no longer allowed access into the city of Toronto....
You're no longer welcome in Toronto, @MeekMill.— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 22, 2015
As of this morning, Drake has not responded to Meek Mill. However, it will be interesting to see how Drake handles this. A diss track? A twitter rant? Or a behind the scenes phone call? Or nothing at all……. Let us know how you think Drake will respond by tweeting us @MOBOAwards