Drake is like a white airhead.
The look is pretty consistent, but you never know which flavor you’re going to get. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Views have bred his trap & Caribbean influences, but for the past couple of years, his music has been flavored by the United Kingdom. Aside from his own artistry, Drake does an impactful job of progressing new sounds into the scene of hip-hop as he’s done with “Controlla” or “No Long Talk”. His multifaceted background in Toronto has prompted a few versions of Drake when it comes to his music.
A year after More Life, U.K. Drake is back. Following the release of Scorpion, Drake dropped his 2 minute “Behind Barz” freestyle on the U.K.’s Link Up TV, sampling the flow of London rapper Giggs, Drake’s “Behind Barz” freestyle was full of shots, hot and ready.
Check it below:
We expected nothing other than bars, but what we did not expect were the seemingly subliminal shots at Kanye West. Drake’s beef with his peers is one thing, but beef with someone he has claimed to idolize and look up to, is another. Both Ye & Drake are historically two of the biggest names hip-hop/rap has seen, but now they seem to be facing each other rather than the rest of the competition,Drake’s relationship with G.O.O.D Music has taken quite the turn following his beef with Pusha T, and now Ye. Drake’s frustration with Kanye stems from the idea that after playing early versions of “March 14th” to Ye, Ye then dropped the secret info to Pusha T, fueling his diss track “The Story of Adidon”. Following his response to Push, “Duppy Freestyle”, the shots delivered on Scorpion were clear, as he rapped, “Too rich for who? Y’all just got rich again/ Who grips the mic and likes to kill they friends?” in “8 Out of 10”, a response to Ye’s “too rich to fight you” mentality presented in “No Mistakes”.
Drake clearly didn’t stop there, busting further shots, he distinctively raps, “They wanna link when they got no chunes / They too worried about sellin’ out shoes / I don’t give a f*** about jeans or crap / Or going to Milan or going to the Met”, propelled by Kanye skipping the 2018 Met Gala, and his signature Yeezy shoe line. Weeks back in Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle”, he rapped, “So if you rebuke me for workin’ with someone else on a couple of Vs/ What do you really think of the n**** that’s makin’ your beats?/ I’ve done things for him I thought that he never would need/ Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me/ I pop style for 30 hours then let him repeat/ Now you poppin’ up with the jokes, I’m dead, I’m asleep”. These shots show Drake’s hypocritical view of Pusha, and some slight anger with Ye for allowing his artist to talk as if Drake has done anything but help. The two have a clear line of musical history dating back to Drake’s early beginnings, as Kanye was the producer to Drake’s platinum “Show Me A Good Time”. And even more recently, Kanye’s feature on “Glow”. But conceivably, between Kanye not crediting Drake on “Yikes” and the beef with Pusha T, that 8 year history just may be coming to an end.
But what’s even more interesting, this freestyle could’ve also garnered shots at his former OVOXO affiliate, The Weeknd. Drake has a history of coming up with some of the best R&B singers to date like PARTYNEXTDOOR and formally, Trey Songz. However, those who are aware know that his best collaborations have come from making music with The Weeknd.
From the very top Drake raps, “You know how the paigon chit-chat goes/ I like Rs and Vs and Os/ I don’t really play no tic-tac-toe”, potentially referring to The Weeknd’s XO record label. Both holding the light of Canada high, the relationship between The Weeknd & Drake has dwindled lower and lower each year, as they went from always appearing on each other’s projects, to not at all.
The success of Drake’s music has never given him a reason to drag his beef’s out. He’ll address an issue, but after a song or two, won’t say much, no matter how hard the opposing artist is coming at him. But obviously in Scorpion & this “Behind Bars” freestyle, this man is fed up, and through the music, he’s making it distinctively clear.