You’d be hard-pressed to name a rapper who has had more beefs than Drake. That may seem far-fetched given his (let’s just call it “semi-cuddly”) image, but when you run down Drizzy’s rogue’s gallery–veteran rappers, musical peers and rivals, high profile ex-girlfriends–there’s enough antagonistic characters to make Batman start poppin’ Zoloft.
And Drake doesn’t back down from a fight. He’s not always the most blatant aggressor, either. So with this ongoing thing happening between him and Joe Budden, we decided to run down some of the OVO leader’s most infamous sneak attacks–those subtle shots fired at famous nemeses who came at young Aubrey.
Drizzy didn’t take too kindly to K. Dot’s infamous “Control” verse and he spent a lot of time not-so-subtly firing back at the Compton rapper–most notably here: where he alluded to the fact that Kendrick dissed him (and damn-near every other top tier rapper in 2013) then dismissed it as just hip-hop.
“It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references.”
That’s what Drake said in a controversial Rolling Stone interview that apparently irked the hell out of Jay Z–who responded on Jay Electronica’s “We Made It Freestyle” with: “Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk/Silly me, rappin’ ’bout shit that I really bought.”
Drake decided to sneak in the last word with that clever “No misses, that’s for the married folks” line–a reference to Jay’s high-profile marriage and to the flop that was Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail the year before.
Common was the first to fire a sneak shot back in 2012, on his track “Sweet” where he rapped: “”Singing all around me man, la la la/You ain’t muthafucking Frank Sinatra,” which was widely-interpreted as a dig at Drake. Drake fired back on “Stay Schemin’” accusing the elder rap star of reaching for controversy to sell records.
Drake and Joe Budden had been friends when Drake was an up-and-comer and Budden had established himself following his hit “Pump It Up.” Things soured and Budden feels Drake dissed him. French Montana swears that this particular verse wasn’t a diss–but it sure sounds like one; with Drake opening his verse referencing Budden’s only actual “hit” solo record and then mentioning “one hit wonder” in the verse.
Drake and Rih-Rih are all lovey-dovey now, but it’s been years of hot-and-cold between the two superstars. And things got boiling hot and then icy in 2012, after Drake and Rihanna’s other famous ex, Chris Brown, got into their infamous brawl at a nightspot in New York City. Afterwards, Drake fired what seemed to be obvious shots at the Bajan beauty. Not that we’re trying to bring up old stuff.
Drake and Pusha T have no love lost between them. A byproduct of Pusha T’s distaste for Drizzy mentor Lil Wayne, Pusha took a jab at Drake on 2012s “Exodus 23:1″ when he rhymed “”You signed to one nigga that signed to another nigga that’s signed to three niggas/ Now that’s bad luck”
Drake fired back several times, including here, where he made it clear that slanging ‘cane (Pusha T’s favorite subject) isn’t necessary to run the game.
“6PM In New York”
Tyga was feuding with Cash Money/Young Money throughout 2015, and he slammed his labelmates in an interview with Vibe: “I’m tryna go independent. I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki,” he said at the time.
Drake made sure to not let that slide, going after his estranged labelmate with both barrels–especially clowning Tyga’s relationship with the barely-18 Kylie Jenner.
“4PM In Calabasas”
This beef was born of a beat. Drake’s “1-100″ beat was initially produced by Boi 1da for Diddy, who sent it to Drake to reportedly record a guest verse. Drake, obviously, kept the beat for himself, leading to a physical confrontation in Miami where Diddy punched Drizzy. Even J. Prince of Rap-A-Lot threatened Diddy on behalf of Drake, who referenced the debacle here.
Beans believed that Jay Z dissed him on Drake’s “Light Up” back in 2010 so in an interview, Sigel went at Jay and Drake. “Smack the shit outta Drake’s bitch ass, all y’all niggas,” he said during an interview featured on the Halfway House DVD. “This the Broad Street Bully. I have no problem seein’ anybody on sight.”
Drake didn’t back down–referencing the tough talk in this verse. He also acknowledged that nothing ever came from it but talk.
“5 AM in Toronto”
The Weeknd and Drake have a connected history; Drizzy put his fellow Canadian on several tracks, helping to spotlight the mysterious singer-songwriter early on. But when The Weeknd signed with Universal Republic instead of OVO, there were long-simmering whispers of a spurned Drake feeling bitter. And though he’s a pop superstar now, it took The Weeknd a few years to break through commercially. So fans saw this line as a sucker punch at his former compadre.