Anticlimax: Drake versus Pusha T

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The battle we’ve all been waiting for ends with a thud on Sunday night with what appears to be a truce called by both parties.

Drake, somewhat radio silent since Pusha T’s “The Story of Adidon, apparently took the advice of rap impresario and life long mentor J Prince to dead his “beef” with Pusha after “lines were crossed” . This white flag — albeit unsubstantiated beyond Twitter— was echoed the previous day by Kanye West, who tweeted that the beef was over and no responses will further come from the G.O.O.D music camp.

Twitter fingers weren’t turning into trigger fingers for everyone involved, which is great. But it became very obvious that a rap battle which took years to build would end in disappointment and leave us rap fans pretty empty-handed.

But again, I get it.

Lines were crossed.

As a rap fan, I’m lowkey blown about it. I really though Drake came strong with his “Duppy Freestyle”. The best of the two records, it was a clear attempt to silence any doubters who felt that he would not come with his best once he finally decided to respond to Pusha. But then Pusha tried his best “Ether” impression with “The Story of Adidon” and it worked. Drake found himself on the ropes, weird for a guy who — up to this point — mastered ducking and dodging all of the punches.

I wanted to see how Drake would respond. With his back against the wall, would Drake deliver the knockout blow or would he wait to be saved? Looks like he went for the latter.

And I get that too.

Innocent bystanders, that’s why.

We hadn’t see a mother and child thrown out to the wolves like this since “condoms and baby seats”. And Kanye was around for all that.

Pusha violated. There’s a part of me that hopes Pusha felt some sort of conviction. Maybe No Malice got in his ear. Maybe Pusha had a Matthew 7:5 moment and realized that if Drake really did his homework, he’d also look like trash. Or maybe the fan theories ring true that Kanye felt afraid of what Drake would say about his wife, Kim, and the rest of the Kardashian clan so he told Pusha to dead it.

The Flesh wanted a response but the Spirit killed it.

Pusha’s “come to Jesus” moment hasn’t happened yet with him seeming to revel in this saga over the weekend. And Drake doesn’t look like he’s fit to respond because he hasn’t. But how could he? And should he? I don’t know.

Looks like we’ll never know.

Memoirist in spirit and in truth. Christian essayist when both the spirit and truth move me. email: crjtwrites[at]gmail.com

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