As Pusha T’s fans and peers alike continue to sift through the coke-caked bars on his newly released, Kanye West-produced album DAYTONA, there’s one particular song that has listeners raising an eyebrow — or two.
On the album’s closing cut, “Infrared,” Pusha decided to pick at the scab covering the old wound that is his beef with Birdman and also dug up Drake’s ghostwriting controversy.
“The game’s fucked up/ Niggas’ beats is banging nigga, ya hooks did it/ The lyric pennin’ equal to Trump’s winnin’/ The bigger question is how the Russians did it/ It was written like Nas/ But it came from Quentin.”
The “Quentin” he speaks of is, of course, Quentin Miller, the then-unknown rapper who was discovered to have been creating reference tracks for Drake after Meek Mill popped the lid on the secret.
Pusha T and Drake’s beef has been bubbling on the subliminal surface for some time now and with Drake’s Scorpion album expected in June, it appears likely the beef will continue to grow.
Continuing his subtle shade, Push raps midway through the song: “Oh now it’s OK to kill Baby/ Niggas looked at me crazy like I really killed a baby,” a direct reference to the heat and amount of interviews he had to conduct on the subject.
Back in 2012, the GOOD Music president set off a preemptive strike by dissing both Birdman and Lil Wayne a Ludacris guest appearance. In 2015, on his solo record titled “Untouchable,” he once again took a swipe at Birdman and more or less at Wayne.
He doubled down on the diss in a Genius annotation as he wrote, “I’m aiming at the moguls. Y’all niggas aiming at the locals. ‘And rap niggas broke like them.’ Them rap niggas that are broke like the locals, yeah, they mere hopefuls. And they’re still wishing on a star, they the last ones to find out that Baby owns the cars that they’re driving.
“It’s all coming to fruition. It’s on TMZ,” he continued, citing the lawsuit that really brought Tha Carter V legal situation to life.
Later on in the rhyme, King Push co-signed Rick Ross’s 2017 Birdman onslaught brought forth by the song “Idols Become Rivals.”
“Salute Ross ’cause the message was pure/ He see what I see when you see Wayne on tour/ Flash without the fire/ Another multi-platinum rapper trapped and can’t retire/ Niggas get exposed, I see the cracks and I’m the liar?”
In an adjacent interview, Rozay explained why he was going at Birdman’s throat.
“I just felt it wasn’t right, you know what I’m saying?” Ross said, pointing out Wayne’s inability to release music. “Khaled is a great dude … If you burn [Khaled and Lil Wayne], I already know how you feel about me, and I just don’t respect it. I just felt like it was time for somebody to let homie know that ain’t gangsta, and you know, you won’t be respected no longer. I won’t let nobody respect you around me.”
Meanwhile, during a May 2018 interview with Beats and Ebro Darden, Birdman assured listeners his beef his Lil Wayne had come to a conclusion.