G.O.O.D Music president Pusha T is speaking out. The hip-hop veteran has come forward after getting singled out by rap star Young Thug for low-key dissing music rival Drake on their “Paranoia” collaboration.
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On Tuesday, King Push went to his Instagram Story to clear the air. In addition to completely dismantling the 6 God and Thug’s reputations, T also explained why he didn’t like industry politics.
“Aye @youngthug couple things: 1. Don’t feel bad, NOBODY knew what the verse was abt. The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They ONLY ASSUME because HE TOLD them! The same way HE TOLD abt the Ross ‘Maybach 6’ verse. And IF HE’LL TELL record executives abt rap verses, God only knows what else HE’LL TELL! I don’t deal in Police Work, Police Rappers or Police N*ggas!!! 2. @youngthug you were the last verse added to the song and that’s ONLY because I requested YOU!! 3. And most important @youngthug, just so we are clear… I WOULD NEVER look or need YOUR respect for what is it I bring to this rap game!! @stevenvictor I demand you take me off the deluxe @realpopsmoke album to avoid any confusion that may take away from This amazing body of work! From rappers crying to record execs to blatant label censorship, I don’t ride with none of it…but love every bit of it!! Now y’all run along and be gangsters, but u leave the devil alone!” -Pusha T’s Instagram Story
On Tuesday, Thugger went to his Instagram Story to distance himself and fellow collaborator Gunna from the Pusha/Drake drama. Thug also said he didn’t realize at the time T used their “Paranoia” collaboration to intensify his feud.
“I don’t respect the Pusha T verse on the song with me and Gunna cause I don’t have nun to do with y’all beef nor does Gunna, and if I knew that was about him I would’ve made changes on our behalf. This rapper sh*t so gay.” -Young Thug’s Instagram Story
Wait, There’s More
The new record came from a collaboration with late rapper Pop Smoke. Pusha used his verse to flame Drake and reference a past 2018 incident during a Toronto concert.
“You know reality bites/It’s chess not checkers/Those empty threats only sound good on your records/If the patois is not followed by blocka/It’s like marked for death Screwface, without the choppa/Let ‘em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra,” Pusha begins, potentially referencing Drake’s use of the dialect and a 2018 incident when several men rushed the stage during Pusha’s Daytona Tour show in Toronto. Adding, “Only to find the blade, flyin’ back through LaGuardia/I might even buy a home out in Mississauga,” in a clear reference to a city near Drake’s hometown of Toronto. (HYPEBEAST)
Before You Go
Last year, Pusha reflected on dropping his “Infrared” diss record in May 2018 and targeting the rap superstar.
“It was always going to be, always going to happen. I was always going to get off. “Infrared” had to happen. We were doing the back-and-forth. He had “Two birds, one stone.” This is what rap is. He is… it is a machine in dealing with him. So we deal. But I had to do things at my own time. You can’t just jump out there. We’ve seen how that works when you just treat it like a street battle. It’s really not. You have to play chess. … Yes. It had to happen on my time. Not anybody else’s.” (Variety)