Meek Mill Versus Drake: Comparing the Diss Tracks
Twitter blew up in late July. Why? Meek Mill being Meek Mill went off and dissed one of the most popular rappers, Drake, accusing him of using a ghostwriter and not writing his own rhymes. Ultimately, Meek Mill seemed to be angry that Drake hasn’t promoted “R.I.C.O.” from Dreams Worth More Than Money to his massive fan base. To quote Tyrese, “Dumb Shit.” But the world did get a couple of diss tracks out of it – two of which were great and one that sucked.
He ain't even write that verse on my album and if I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album….. I don't trick my fans! Lol
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
Drake, “Charged Up”
Drake would have won the Meek Mill beef had he released a diss track or not – let’s keep it 100 from the jump. But Drake went on and blessed us with “Charged Up,” which is a mellow, easygoing, but biting diss to Meek Mill. What’s great about “Charged Up” is that it never feels as if Drake has to go “below the belt” or go outside of his box. This could be an album single and not merely just a waste of studio time and Noah “40” Shebib’s exceptional production.
Here are some notable excerpts:
“I did some charity today for the kids / but I’m used to it cause all y’all charity cases / all y’all stare in my face in hopes you could be the replacement…”
Honestly, since Meek Mill started an unnecessary feud and acted childish, you have to wonder if he was/is jealous of Drake’s success. Sure, Dreams Worth More Than Money has been a big success as of yet, but honestly, it’s Meek’s first notable success. His debut album didn’t perform well when it was all said and done. Also, Drake’s style of rap – which is infused with R&B and a general dash of eclecticism – seems to lend itself to more diverse, transcendent albums than Meek Mill can offer.
“Done doing favors for people / cause it ain’t like I need the money I make off a feature / I see you n*ggas having trouble going gold / turning into some so and so’s that no one knows”
Yes, the “having trouble going gold” is a low blow, but as aforementioned, Meek Mill’s debut Dreams and Nightmares was unsuccessful ultimately. Sure, lots of albums have trouble going gold these days but rap itself is in a better place than most genres. Has Drake ever struggled to go gold? NO. Also didn’t Meek Mill NEED Drake for his hit “Amen?” Definitely. To quote Nine Inch Nails, “Will you bite the hand that feeds you?”
“I bought my n*ggas rollies off of Thank Me Later / While these boys was stanky legging”
Whether or not Meek Mill participated in the Stanky Leg – one of the stupidest hip-hop dances ever – is up in the air, but the MC hadn’t dropped his debut then. Drake released two studio albums prior to Meek Mill’s first. Also, Drake has a year on Meek Mill age wise.
“Cops are killing people with they arms up / and your main focus is tryna harm us?”
Meek Mill does seem to have diarrhea of the mouth…or the twitter, doesn’t he?
Drake, “Back To Back”
And for a bonus, Drake released a second diss track, “Back To Back.” Here are some excerpts that stand out:
“I’m not sure what it was that really made y’all mad / but I guess this is what I gotta do to make y’all rap”
Basically, Drake doesn’t know what Meek Mill’s problem is. What’s his point? Everyone else would like to know the same.
“This for y’all to think that I don’t write enough / they just made cause I got the Midas touch”
Drake goes for a hook-less track to show the haters – namely Meek Mill – he’s got bars. But he didn’t have to do so because we all knew he had bars.
“I did another one, I did another one / you still ain’t did shit about the other one”
It took a while for Meek Mill to respond with “Wanna Know,” after Drake had dropped two diss tracks.
Meek Mill, “Wanna Know”
NO – just no. That’s all that you can say about Meek Mill’s diss track towards Drake. Everybody gave Meek Mill ‘the devil’ already for opening his big mouth and dissing the Toronto MC in the first place, but when it came time to show his superiority, Mill tanks. The biggest reason why “Wanna Know” fails is because it is obvious that Mill tries too hard with petty jabs and clearly doesn’t have same finesse that Drake shows on “Charged Up,” which not only disses Meek, but also could be an album single.
Furthermore, this track is so disjointed that it doesn’t flow in the least – whack as bleep. Here are some excerpts that catch the eye.
“Now when that shit went down with Chris, you wrote a check / in New Orleans wore my chain to get respect (you a fraud) / So what that tell me? You a pussy and a fan…”
Hmm, highly doubtful that Drake would need to wear Meek Mill’s chain to get respect, particularly since he’d released two platinum-certified efforts in Thank Me Later (2010) and Take Care (2011) before Mill dropped Dreams and Nightmares in 2012. Interestingly, Dreams and Nightmares started off solidly, but fell off pretty quickly, while both of Drakes albums began with and sustained huge sales numbers.
“N*ggas writing for you cause you know you never did shit / when I threw that hook out, I was tryin’ to catch a big fish”
Meek Mill points the finger that there’s a Drake ghostwriter and when Drake did try to write his rhymes (a hook) it sucked so bad Mill had to ditch it. You could argue that at times it’s hard to decipher exactly what the motor-mouthed Meek Mill is rapping about so…
“You really sweet, I call you buttercup / you f*cking dork you changed the style because you studied us /coming with the same flow / switching up your lingo / we just want a refund…spitting another n*gga’s shit, but you claim you king though?”
Has Drake really changed his style?
“Let’s keep it short, n*gga you ain’t get your chick back yet / and now she rocking with the chaser and now you missed that check…”
Well, there are reports that Nick Minaj and Meek Mill just might be done so… just saying!
“All I hear is platinum that platinum this / meanwhile I’m on the carpet with a platinum chick / I got a platinum rollie, platinum whip…” (Verse 3)
Couldn’t Drake have any woman he wanted? Undoubtedly he has platinum rollies and whips if that’s what he so desires.
Photo Credit: Meek Mill ft. Drake, “Amen”