Drake vs. Meek Mill: Everything you need to know about hip-hop's latest feud
At this very moment, Twitter is eviscerating Philadelphia rapper and Nicki Minaj paramour Meek Mill for a track he just released called “Wanna Know.” It’s a diss track of Drake, the Canadian teen TV star turned platinum MC whose feud with Meek has been the talk of the hip-hop world for the past two weeks.
With most of the Internet declaring Drake the winner of what has been admittedly a tepid beef, let’s take a look at the events that got us to this particular place in time.
June 29: Meek Mill releases Dreams Worth More Than Money, his second official studio album and his first since being released from jail in December. It contains a track called “R.I.C.O.,” which features a guest appearance by Drake. The album debuts on top of the Billboard 200, moving 215,000 copies in its opening week.
July 22: During an extended series of tweets, Meek Mill accuses Drake of not writing his own rhymes—specifically the verse that Drake provided for “R.I.C.O.” He says that Drake’s contribution to the song was written by an Atlanta MC named Quentin Miller.
At a concert in Virginia that night (Meek is currently on girlfriend Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint tour), Meek clarifies his Twitter statements. “And don’t get it twisted, I was just upset as a fan that a n—- gave me a verse that he didn’t write. Shout out to Drake. Let him be great in all the lanes that he’s great in,” Meek said from the stage.
July 24: Quentin Miller, the rapper who Meek credited with writing Drake’s verse, denies ghostwriting for Drake in a Tumblr post. “I am not and never will be a ‘ghostwriter’ for Drake,” he wrote. “I’m proud to say that we’ve collaborated, but I could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together.”
That evening, legendary New York radio DJ Funkmaster Flex went on Twitter to declare that Meek Mill’s accusations were accurate, and that he possessed a series of reference tracks that proved that Drake was not the original writer of some of his material.
July 25: With support from longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib, Drake releases a track called “Charged Up” that acts as a response to Meek’s allegations. “I’m honored that you think this is staged,” Drake raps.
Meek is unimpressed.
July 27: Meek claims he’s got a track ready in response to “Charged Up” called “Beautiful Nightmare,” but when the time comes to unveil it, it turns out to just be 15 seconds of Meek screaming.
July 28: The Pinkprint tour lands in Toronto, Drake’s hometown. During his set, Meek is roundly booed and heckled.
July 29: Drake drops another diss track. This one is called “Back to Back Freestyle” and is an absolute monster. Not only does it judge Meek for not responding efficiently enough to “Charged Up,” but it also goes in on Meek’s relationship with Minaj. The track, released via SoundCloud, comes with cover art of Toronto Blue Jays legend Joe Carter celebrating his 1993 World Series-clinching home run. Not only did that represent the second straight championship for the Jays, but it also came at the expense of Meek’s hometown Philadelphia Phillies. That’s black belt trolling.
“Back to Back” becomes such a Twitter phenomenon that even the social media managers of #brands got in on the action.
July 30: At long last, Meek responds with “Wanna Know.”
July 31: Drake responds to “Wanna Know,” essentially drops the microphone with a single Instagram image.
Toronto City Councilor Norm Kelly delivered the lethal blow.