There’s a feud that’s been running for over a decade between rappers Pusha T and Drake, but it hit a whole new level Tuesday. Pusha T’s new Daytona album dropped Friday, creating its own controversy with its use of a photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom as cover art (a choice made by producer Kanye West), and it included shots on “Infrared” accusing Drake of using ghostwriters. Drake shot back with a “Duppy Freestyle” track, asked to be paid for giving Pusha publicity, and then really shot back on Instagram (after Pusha tweeted “Send the invoice for the extra 20”) with a photo of a drafted invoice for $100,000 “re: promotional services and career reviving.”
Well, Pusha responded to that himself with a full-on diss track titled the “Story of Adidon,” which accuses Drake of fathering a secret child with former porn actress Sophie Brussaux. However, it’s the art for the single that really has the internet buzzing, especially as it turns out to be an actual photo of Drake in blackface in a Jim Crow shirt:
Please stop referring to this picture as “artwork”…I’m not an internet baby, I don’t edit images…this is a REAL picture…these are his truths, see for yourself https://t.co/gd6vRS3HM8 pic.twitter.com/2el58HEZ8F
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 30, 2018
Yes, that appears to be a real photo from a real photographer, which has somehow been out there for two years and not commented on much. And the circumstances behind it aren’t clear, but it’s definitely not a good look for Drake. And that, plus Pusha’s response in general, is creating a whole lot of discussion:
I don’t know what y’all thinking but to me Drake in blackface makes the line from Infared “So I don’t tap dance for the crackas and sing Mammy” the hardest bar of this lyrical warfare thus far.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) May 30, 2018
DRAKE: you're an approachable dude
PUSHA: you have a child that you're hiding and ignoring
pusha skipped past so many levels and went straight to max volume deadliness
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) May 30, 2018
drake: here’s an invoice for reviving your career look it’s an actual invoice addressed to your manager ha
pusha: here’s a reported feature on your life and everyone you love also this is an actual photo of you in blackface
— alex (@steven_lebron) May 30, 2018
the only thing drake can do now is drop a track to make pusha feel bad about hurting his feelings. "you found my blackface pics, man that really scars / i guess the T in Pusha T stands for 'took it too far'"
— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) May 30, 2018
— @avatarcmoney (@avatarcmoney1) May 30, 2018
With this coming on a NBA off night, it even has plenty making those comparisons:
Drake/Pusha T beef better than the playoffs
— Break Up The Warriors (@_Iwishyouwould) May 30, 2018
Drake and Pusha T are giving us the entertainment we're going to miss in the NBA Finals.
— James Ramseur (@jamesramseur) May 30, 2018
"Dad do you remember back in 2018 when Drake mentioned Pusha T's fiancé in a diss track? What happened after that?"
— Ⓜ️Ⓜ️Ⓜ️ (@MaxMakeMoves) May 30, 2018
And it might be Drake’s worst loss since the Raptors were eliminated. Or since he argued with Kendrick Perkins.