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After a week of memes and Meek Mill putting Drake on front street for allegedly using a ghostwriter for his lyrics, Drake has been crowned the winner of the rap battle. Meek recently dropped his second retaliation diss on Drake during the opening of his set on “The Prinkprint Tour” show in Charlotte, NC tonight. Meek's first response "Wanna Know" took a while for him to get it together and was piss poor at best. Drake dropped two disses in total, the first four days after the feud began, “Charged Up”, a mellow indirect attack on Meek Mill, followed by “Back to Back”, a more upbeat diss track questioning Meek’s masculinity while he’s on his “girl’s tour”. Meek Mill definitely delivered more intensity, in classic Tupac diss fashion, rapping, “Everybody catching bullet holes including Drake and the whole OVO” and “What’s Drake gonna do when he see Milly?” Drake definitely had the last laugh by continuing to obliterate Meek Mill, most recently at his annual OVO Fest in Toronto, performing both diss tracks live.
In comparing the back and forth, Drake clearly has a stronger fan base and popularity in both the rap and pop domains which actually ended up hurting Meek Mill in the long run, even with his debut album “Dreams Worth More Than Money”, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
What I find most interesting is how fans don’t care that Drake did in fact have a ghostwriter in Quentin Miller, though credited throughout Drake’s successful mixtape “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”. I’ve read OVO crew members arguing that since Quentin Miller is credited, he’s not a ghostwriter. Drake has yet to publicly address the accusations, but if you listen to the demo version of “10 Bands” that was dropped by Funkmaster Flex on his Hot 97 show, the flow is identical to Drake’s on the album version. That’s all I needed to hear and I have to admit I was a little disappointed at first but then I realized that the music game is a powerful force to reckon with. Check out the first verses of Quentin Miller's then Drake's "10 Bands" below.
When you have as much success as Drake, you get to a certain plateau that you literally pick and choose your hits. Everything you drop needs to be fire and since you’ve already made it to superstardom, you have the luxury of having people write lyrics for you. I’ve always seen Drake as an R&B rapper, just as I view Chris Brown as a Hip Hop Singer. The former rap sings and the latter sing raps and both equal pop music and major revenue. Just like I said about Iggy Azalea not writing her own lyrics, nobody cares, they just want to hear good music. If Quentin Miller dropped that same single, nobody would be feeling it, because it’s Drake’s voice and delivery that makes him the artist he is.
If you’re not familiar with mega hitmaker Max Martin. Click here to look him up. He’s written more modern pop hits than anyone and nobody is ever knocking the major artists that sing his tunes, you know why? Because it’s pop music! The main issue is that the hip hop genre is a culture about realness and rap spins off of that but the truth is rap is not the same genre I grew up with in the 90s. What’s considered today’s “rap music” is still pop to me and that’s why Drake gets a pass, he’s a pop artist and a good one at that.
Meek Mill has no play but to get gangster and try to bully Drake, but guess what, Drake is no gangster, just like Bow Wow, nobody from the OVO Crew is shooting anybody, let’s be real. If I were Meek Mill, I would stop now before Nicky Minaj is forced to choose Drake over him because she’s all about the business and glowing in the limelight. I think the real reason this whole thing started is Nicki Minaj had to come clean before they got married that she hooked up with Drake twenty seven times and Meek Mill just lost his shit. TKO Drizzy....AND STILL!