Earlier this week, rapper Meek Mill fired off shots at Drake with accusations of him not being the writer of his own lyrics. The beef largely took place via the rapper’s Twitter account, and according to Meek, may have started when Drake neglected to support (shout out?) Meek’s latest album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, on which Drake appears as a feature for the song R.I.C.O. During the Twitter tirade, which began Wednesday, Meek shouted “He didn’t even write that verse on my album and if I knew I woulda took it off…” (He actually wrote the statement, but it’s hard to read anything in his voice without imagining it being shouted.)
Several of his peers have spoken up in defense of Drake, most notably the young man credited as a co-writer on a fraction of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Quentin Miller. Whispers in the hip hop community claimed he was the main contributor of Drake’s lyrics. In a statement posted to Twitter, Miller noted: “I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together…” The full statement can be viewed on the artist’s personal Tumblr page here: quentinmiller.tumblr.com/post/124938364407 Drake fired back over the weekend with a diss track of his own called Charged Up.
The record is classic Drake—less direct, rather intimate for a diss record, but a good song nonetheless. The end result of this twitter feud may be nothing more than a marketing ploy, as more people than ever have taken note of Meek Mill’s album. It looks like he took a page out of girlfriend Nicki Minaj’s book, whose first album gained heavy steam running off the heat of her beef with rapper Lil Kim. Still, you can’t help but appreciate the gall in Meek’s very direct, very forthcoming attacks. He has our attention now, let’s see what he does with it.
- Garco B.