I’m not gonna lie, when Meek Mill went on his hour long Twitter rant I immediately got excited. While I enjoy Drake’s music, I’ve always been quite skeptical on his meteoric rise from unknown to the most recognizable name in urban music in the course of 18 months. The first ghostwriting allegations came from Nickalus F, when he claimed to have penned Drake’s verse for “I’m Goin In”. The story itself never gained steam, and Drake’s reign on the charts would continue for the 5-6 years that followed, without any new allegation reemerging. That would all change about 3 weeks ago.
Meek Mill riding a career high, celebrating his first Billboard #1 album, and being an opening act on his current girlfriend, Nicki Minaj’s nationwide ‘Pinkprint Tour’. He’s feeling quite good, and could you blame him? He’s dating his ‘dream girl’, selling more units than he ever has, and performed at the BET Awards. Everything seems to be going right at the moment, and who would’ve thought that one fateful night on Twitter could leave an artist’s who had the #1 album in the country for 2 consecutive weeks in July, on life support. As fate would have it, news that Drake had assistance with penning his verse on the ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’ album track, “RICO” didn’t seem to sit to well with Meek or his Dream Chasers collective. There was some early tension, and according to Meek it is the reason Drake refused to promote the album via Twitter. This lead to Meek revealing to the world that Drake “doesn’t write his own rhymes”. It baffled some, and others it was more of a reassurance. The tweets took on a life of their own, Hot97s Twitter account even questioned the authenticity of the tweets, and whether he would later claim he was hacked, but he not only quieted those talks, he responded directly via Twitter.
In the days following he would apologize onstage to Nicki, but never directly apologize to Drake. During this time, the reference track for “10 Bands”, from Drake’s most recent album ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ would leak, it seemed as though the ball was in Drake’s court to respond or ignore the talks. What happened next may be something that is discussed when Meek’s career is completely over, and at the rate things are going, that time may be sometime this fall.
6 God Responds
It all started when Drake released “Charged Up” addressing Meek about as direct as possible without the mention of a name. While the title may suggest high energy, the song itself is pretty mild in melody and slightly agitated tone, especially for Aubrey. It’s by no means “Ether” or even “Takeover”, it comes off as more of a warning to Meek, while taking a few shots at his bars, record sales and relationship with Nicki Minaj. He even mention the potential this battle being something historical. Apparently Drake’s hopes were as high as mine and many hip hop fans.
As the hip hop world awaited a venomous response from Meek, who had his start in the Philly battle scene some 10 years ago we got nothing. Excuse me, we got MORE tweets. Poking fun at “Charged Up” Meek claimed that Drake “wrote that one”, but outside of a 15 second clip of screaming and a reneged promise of a response by Funk Flex, the hip-hop world grew restless awaiting an on record response.
Drake also patiently waited, 96 hours to be exact before unleashing “Back To Back” which as of today seems to be one of the nails in the coffin of Meek’s career. Sounding more ‘charged up’ then before, and quite comfortable taking shots. He acknowledges that he waited 4 days for a response. Once again takes aim at his relationship with Nicki, even claiming that Meek got ‘wifed’ and not vice versa. Questions Meek’s credibility as a ‘real nigga’, reminds him he’s on his girls tour, not his own. Takes time to remind him that his OVO Fest is this week and I’m sure we can expect him to throw a little more gas on the one man fire.
While some kept hope, feeling that Meek was doing the ‘roper dope’ to the more popular Drake, the court of public opinion rendered it’s verdict quickly. Meek was wrong, Drake is better, and the 2 diss records were the beginning of the end for Meek. Countless memes popped up, and continue to for that matter. Being as though Meek takes a sense of pride in his online activity it’s damn near impossible for him to not have seen them. They were more or less unavoidable on ‘Black Twitter’. And if you have any female friends on social media you have seen the ‘RIP Meek Mill’ pics.
By the time Meek dropped the lazy “Wanna Know”, he did nothing more than solidify the fact that he was no match for Drake on any level. The one clear edge he seemed to have on Drake was no longer there, as things stand today Drake has been proven to have help with writing his rhymes (additional reference tracks by Quinton Miller have since leaked), and even with that fact looming he easily handled a battle tested opponent. There’s a rumor of a 3rd diss track being released on the final day of OVO Fest. There is also a photo of Drake rehearsing in a ‘Free Meek Mill’ T shirt he made famous while Meek was incarcerated this past fall. He even sold them on his website.
But the question still remains, why would Meek take the biggest name in urban music lightly? Sure you’re at the height of your career, but Drake has been riding a high for some 6 years now, and after this, there seems to be no signs of him slowing down anytime soon. He simply has too many fans, and they are way more computer savy than the ‘street niggas’ that listen to Meek. In the days before social media Meek would have much more than a punchers chance. The fans simply have a short term memory, where as there was a couple months between “The Takeover” and “Ether”, these days the fans need a response within about 72 hours or your work ethic, skills, and heart come into question.
Meek seemed to fully understand what he was getting himself into when he dissed Drake on Twitter. He’s been here before, so no one was really concerned with what he would be able to do lyrically, but the days without a response began to worry me. Drake is a hot commodity in music, his lyrics can currently be seen on your can of Sprite along with legends Notorious BIG, Rakim & NaS. He signed with Jordan Brand and will be releasing his first sneaker (custom Jordan X colorway for OVO Fest) this week. Amongst other endorsements and co-signs.
What no one is talking about is the dismantling of Cash Money Records as Birdman and Lil Wayne’s relationship seems to have reached it’s breaking point. Young Money is going to need a new home, I’m sure Atlantic, home of Maybach Music Group wouldn’t mind inheriting YM after what seems to be an ugly divorce. Meek dissing the franchise player on their team is not helping that cause one bit. The fact that Drake or Lil Wayne has appeared on 4 of the last 5 Rick Ross albums may have something to do with it. The fact that Drake himself has appeared on the both of Meek’s major label albums. OVO Sound seems to be here to stay, Drake has put together an eclectic group of artists, mostly Toronto based. If ever they need a major label home, I’m sure Atlantic would like to be in the running.
Meek’s antics have threatened the bottom line of a billion dollar corporation. He has essentially Ja Rule’d himself, and Atlantic (and I’m sure Maybach Music Group) doesn’t want to be Murder Inc’d. It’s one thing to stand by your artist, but when he’s sinking the ship that feeds your loved one’s, sometimes he has to be sat down on the end of the bench. Meek of all people should understand this, after all this is the same guy that made the record “Levels” and now this is a life lesson, showing him their truly are “levels to this shit”.
While on record there has been nothing on either side lyrically that could end a career by itself, it’s the fan participation, Drake simply has too many supporters. They’ve helped sway the swing voters, and with 2 average diss records he has damaged Meek’s popularity at least for the moment. Only time will tell if it has lasting effect on his career.