*Stefon voice* This story has it all: A new Drake single, a diss track taking aim at Kanye West and Pusha T, some extreme drama involving Twitter replies, and, finally, Drake writing an actual invoice to Pusha T for $100k in "career reviving" fees. It's a whole lot, so we'll start from the beginning.
On Friday, Pusha released the Kanye-produced album Daytona, which includes a Drake diss track called "Infrared." The song accuses Drake of several things - using a ghostwriter named Quentin on a forthcoming Meek Mill track, and being less good at selling drugs than him.
Dear Pusha T,- Henry Brown (@king_hdb) May 26, 2018
DO NOT REPLY TO DRAKE. HE WILL END YOUR CAREER PREMATURELY. HIS DISS TRACK TO YOU WILL BE THE NEXT SUMMER JAM. WE WILL PARTY TO YOUR DEMISE.
Within a literal day, Drake released "Duppy Freestyle," which is a masterful clap-back to the Pusha/Kanye diss track, and is almost certainly the fastest clap-back that's ever been recorded and released. And it's extremely good and clever, too. The Root points out that "duppy" is a reference to the word ghost in Jamaican patios - Drake's way of addressing the ghostwriter accusations.
In "Duppy Freestyle," Drake doesn't deny using a ghostwriter, but says he "changed his life a couple times" by hiring Quentin. He also addresses the drug nonsense, saying:
"Man, you might’ve sold the college kids for Nikes and Mercedes
But, you act like you sold drugs for Escobar in the ‘80s
And because this is a story full of fun, Drake doesn't stop there. "Duppy Freestyle" also gets in a jab about Kanye, challenging Pusha's choice to use him as a producer, and accusing him of holding back his friend's career. And, saving the best for last, Drake promises Pusha he's sending him an invoice for helping him sell more records with the line, "Tell ‘Ye we got a invoice coming to you, considering that we just sold another 20 for you."
Pusha has definitely heard the track because he's already responded, tweeting "Send the invoice for the extra 20..." And because Drake is someone who comes through on his promises, he posted an invoice to Pusha on his Instagram for $100,000 in "promotional assistance and career reviving" fees, with the caption "You're welcome."
It's unclear whether Drake actually sent this invoice in the mail, as is customary to do, but the message is clear nonetheless: You literally cannot come for Drake, because he will beat you at your own game in... like less than 12 hours.
Now we are left with several questions. Will Drake mail the invoice? Will this start and endless cycle of diss tracks to last the entire year? Is "Duppy Freestyle" the song of the summer? Only time will tell. In the meantime, enjoy the drama.
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