WTF Just Happened to Meek MIll?

At the beginning of last week I was not intrigued by the Meek Mill v Drake rap celebrity Twitter beef, but by the end of the week I was like WTF just happened? To me, rap celebrity beefs are not Hip Hop and therefore don’t really interest me. I’d rather catch up on something in real life business or politics instead. However, after the second diss track by Drake, Back to Back came out and Meek hadn’t responded, causing Funk Flex to take a loss as well, I became more interested. This began to look like a different moment in rap celebrity beefs somehow.

Usually Hip Hop as a culture doesn’t benefit from such petty Twitter nonsense, yet here was a case where bars shined most in the end. Based on the tracks alone, people decided who was more talented. All the theatrics, innuendos and side disses were ignored and discredited in the case of Funk Flex for example. Drakes avoidance of social media back and forth to instead hit the lab and create a two-piece combination of tracks and release them before Meek dropped anything, was well played. He stepped up without much bravado and answered skeptics with lyrics. Lyrics and artistic ability. Meek’s response was all bravado and no real memorable bars though. This interests me because as a True School supporter, I believe lyrics should have substance over style. Meek Mill is based on the opposite; style over substance complete with loud in your face shit-talking street references. Drake, Nicki and others are also based on style over substance as well, but here Drake relied on Hip Hop to elevate his status. He relied on creativity to speak for himself instead of idle threats like what Ghostface spit at Action Bronson. That wasn’t Hip Hop either. That was social media meets the street again. In the Meek Mill situation, social media has opened a new level of humility that he must now face in order to continue his career on a major level…

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Drake – Back to Back

Yeah, I learned the game from William Wesley
You can never check me
Back to back for the niggas that didn’t get the message
Back to back like I’m on the cover of Lethal Weapon
Back to back like I’m Jordan ’96, ’97
Whoa, very important and very pretentious
When I look back I might be mad that I gave this attention
Yeah, but it’s weighin’ heavy on my conscience
Yeah, and fuck, you left The Boy no options
I wanna see my niggas go insane
You gon’ make me step out of my fuckin’ frame
You gon’ make me buy bottles for Charlamagne
You gon’ make me go out of my fuckin’ way
I waited four days, nigga, where y’all at?
I drove here in the Wraith playin’ AR-AB
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
I mean woah, can’t fool the city, man, they know what’s up
Second floor at Tootsies, gettin’ shoulder rubs
This for y’all to think that I don’t write enough
They just mad cause I got the midas touch
You love her, then you gotta give the world to her
Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?
I know that you gotta be a thug for her
This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more
Yeah, trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers
Yeah, you gettin’ bodied by a singin’ nigga
I’m not the type of nigga that’ll type to niggas
And shout-out to all my boss bitches wife-in niggas
Make sure you hit him with the prenup
Then tell that man to ease up
I did another one, I did another one
You still ain’t did shit about the other one
I got the drink in me goin’ back to back
Yeah, goin’ back to back
I got the drink in me goin’ back to back
Yeah, I’m goin’ back to back
I don’t wanna hear about this ever again
Not even when she tell ’em that they better as friends
Not even when you sayin’, “Drizzy, tell ’em again”
I been puttin’ on a show, it was a sell out event
Oh, you need better seatin’
I didn’t wanna do it, gave me every reason
The point I’m tryna make is I don’t ever need ’em
Seen what you’d do for fame or what you’d do for freedom
Please, check ’em for a wire or a earpiece
Please, please do not let these niggas near me
Please, think before you come for the great one
Please, who’s a real nigga and who ain’t one?
Please, somebody stop me
I’m talkin’ boasy and gwanin wassy
I got the fest in five days and it’s my shit
Soon as a nigga hit the stage, they gon’
They gon’ ask if I can play this shit back to back
Yeah, they want it back to back
They gon’ ask if I can play this shit back to back
I took a break from Views, now it’s back to that, nigga
(Six)

Meek Mill – Wanna Know

I just wanna know how niggas going to jail
Telling on niggas, coming back home and it still being cool
I just wanna know how a nigga on Instagram and Twitter with fifty thousand followers
Ain’t got no money in real life, but still popping, I just wanna know
I wanna know, if a nigga ain’t really putting it in, but acting like he putting it in
Niggas still letting it fly like it’s cool, I really wanna know man
This shit getting different out here it’s getting spooky

[Verse 1: Meek Mill & Quentin Miller]
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
Say the wrong shit you know the shooters at your neck
I just wanna know, if you ain’t write that running through the six shit
Tell us who the fuck was Quentin running through the six with?
Running through the six with my woes
Counting money you know how it goes
All the real live forever baby
And the fake get exposed

Niggas writing for you cause you know you never did shit
When I threw that hook out, I was tryin’ to catch a big fish
We the type of niggas to tie your mother up
Fuck your sister in the ass and hit your brother up, pussy
You really sweet, I call you buttercup
You fucking dork you changed the style because you studied us
Coming with the same flow
Switching up your lingo
We just want a refund, this ain’t what we paid for
Every time that we come, we get what we came for
Spitting another niggas shit, but you claim you king though?

[Hook]
I just wanna know, I just wanna know
How these niggas acting like they trill but really fake
And people acting like it go
I just wanna know, I just wanna know
Was it Quentin Miller? Was it Hush or was it Detail where you really got your flow?
(Milli Vanilli ass nigga)

[Verse 2]
Money make a fake ass nigga look real again
Money make a sucker that told look trill again
Says a lot about all the people that’s feeling him
But I’ma show you bitch ass niggas what’s real again
Heard that other nigga talking we ain’t get back yet
Let’s keep it short, nigga you ain’t get your chick back yet
And now she rocking with the chaser and now you missed that check
You went from Clear Port to boarding pass you miss that jet, hold up

[Verse 3]
You know you fucked up right?
You shoulda just said nothing
Now you’re going to have to give me a check to stop
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
Niggas frauds I told the truth, don’t ask me shit
All this industry fake enemy and rap shit
It’s never really my style we got cash to get
I really started from nothing now it’s back to shit
Puffy almost caught a domestic when he smacked that bitch
Hold up, let that bitch breathe

[Outro]
You let Tip homie piss on you in a movie theater nigga, we ain’t forget
Real niggas back in style this shit is lit
This that Ja Rule shit and 50 Cent

While Meek Mill couldn’t have had a worse week, Drake finished off his annual OVO Festival today with the look of a champion at Meek’s expense.

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In the end, this may be a teachable moment about social media and humility more than it is about Hip Hop, but it did turn out to be more entertaining than I first imagined. I prefer the rap beefs like this, where it’s more about rapping than anything else.

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE's National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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