#BackToBack: A Brief History of Drake and Meek Mill’s Ongoing Rap Feud

July 30th, 2015

#BackToBack: A Brief History of Drake and Meek Mill’s Ongoing Rap Feud

Not even three weeks ago, Drake and Meek Mill were friends and everything was right in the world and my adrenal glands weren’t pumping out adrenaline in constant terror. Drizzy had recently been featured for the second time on one of Meek’s albums, and the two seemed to have no bad blood between them.

All it took was one potshot from Meek to cause the whole friendship to crumble, and now what we’ve got on our hands is a classic example of rap beef, and a prime cut at that. It’s the filet mignon of rap beef, you guys.

Confused? Let’s review.

June 29, 2015:

Meek Mill releases his second full-length studio album, Dreams Are Worth More Than Money.  Drake is featured prominently on “R.I.C.O.”, a song about the FBI’s attempts to stamp out Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations.  The song (and album) are met with a warm response from critics and fans alike.

July 21, 2015:

Meek Mill fires first, taking to Twitter to claim Drake hired a ghostwriter to pen his lyrics for “R.I.C.O.”.

July 25, 2015:

On OVOSOUND Radio, Drake’s bi-weekly Apple Music/Beats 1 radio program, the rapper plays “Charged Up” – his first response to Meek Mill’s attack – three times in a row.  Direct shots include “Niggas is snitchin’ on us without no interrogation” and “I’m honored that you think this is staged, I’m flattered. . .”  

Drake even goes so far as to bring Mill’s fiance, Nicki Minaj into it, by slyly hinting at their possible past romance: “Rumor has it, I either fucked her or I never could.” Kinda low, for someone who was on DeGrassi, no? I mean, the defining quality of being a little bitch is taking the beef outside of the people involved and serving it, grilled to a nice medium temperature, to someone else. Classic emo Drake move.

Later that night, Meek Mill tweets:

Need some Smirnoff Ice for that burn, Drake? Meek wins.

July 29, 2015:

At 4:00 AM, Wednesday morning, Drake revealed yet another Meek Mill diss track on his octobersveryown Soundcloud page.  This time it’s an alleged freestyle, titled “Back to Back.”

Highlights, you ask?  How about when Aubrey asks Meek “Is that a world tour, or your girl’s tour?”  

Click below to hear for yourself.

July 30, 2015:

Meek Mill has officially responded to “Back To Back”, with a track of his own: “Wanna Know”, featuring none other than Quentin Miller, Drake’s supposed ghostwriter on “R.I.C.O.”.  Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex premiered the diss track on his radio show late Thursday night.  It was produced by Jahlil Beats and it begins with a twisted version of The Undertaker’s entrance music (yes, that Undertaker), before playing (what appears to be) Miller performing the hook to Drake’s song, “Know Yourself”.  Could this mean he penned the lyrics to that track as well?  If you’re keeping track, this means Meek has officially re-entered the feud.  THE BEEF IS RE-HEATED YALL.  Peep “Wanna Know DRAKE DISS” below.

As of Friday morning, Drake has (somewhat) responded to “Wanna Know”.  He uploaded the following picture to his Instagram after allegedly hearing the diss track:

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August 3, 2015:

It would appear that Goliath has finally put his foot down, firmly squashing David into the earth. Monday night – during his annual OVO Fest – Drake opened his headline set with “Charged Up” and “Back To Back Freestyle”, before projecting a “Participation Award” for Meek Mill’s sorry contributions to the feud.  Despite our best predictions, Meek did not make an appearance at the festival, although Future and someone named Kanye West did.  This of course, all came after Drake was seen rehearsing in a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt.


August 4, 2015:


Does anyone even care about the feud at this point?  I mean, other than Meek Mill?  Apparently, on Tuesday night’s stop in Charlotte, NC, Meek (opening for Nicki Minaj on her “The Pinkprint” tour), responded to Drake’s disses from the previous night with a freestyle of his own.  He performed it a capella, and the lyrics involved shots taken at Drake’s relationship with his label, Cash Money Records.  Highlights include “Wayne don’t fuck with you, Stunna [Birdman] don’t fuck with you, Tyga don’t fuck with you.”  Check out fan footage of the “response” here, if you want, I guess.

That’s it for the facts (for now), but we haven’t even mentioned the conspiracy theories surrounding this whole debacle.

  • Savvy Twitter humans have pointed out that even the song’s artwork seems to be a shot at Meek; it’s taken from the Toronto win against Philadelphia in the 1993 World Series. Just like Drake to make elaborate baseball disses …
  • Rap Genius users have pointed out that Drake’s original verse for in “R.I.C.O.” is pretty sneaky, sis.  Could certain lines, like “The girl of your dreams, to me is probably not a challenge,” theoretically be taken as shots at Meek?  This, of course, would imply that the battle was indeed started in Toronto, not Philly.
  • Others have pointed out that this weekend marks the sixth annual OVO Fest, Drake’s personally curated Canadian music festival.  Tons of artists are set to appear, including some from Philadelphia, like comedian Kevin Hart.  Does this mean we might see a surprise appearance from Meek Mill himself?  COULD ALL OF THIS BEEF HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED BY DRAKE’S CAMP TO SPARK INTEREST IN THE COMING FESTIVAL?

Only time will tell, so bookmark IHEARTCOMIX (just kidding, we know you already have it bookmarked), to stay up on the latest in the feud.  Stay safe, fam!