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Drake’s Top 5 Rap Feuds

When you’re at the top, people want to tear you down.

This is a lesson that Drake has learned over the years, as the Canadian emcee has been forced to deal with the wrath of several of his peers. From perceived love interests to subliminal shots fired on record, Drake’s catalogue of rap feuds is one to nearly rival that of his collaborative history– often times, with those same names overlapping. And with the upcoming release of his playlist project More Life, we decided now would be a good time to revisit them.

Since this list is comprised of “rap” feuds, that does leave off performers like Diddy and Chris Brown— both of whom had personal altercations with Drake, and didn’t air out their beef on record. We are also excluding feuds that were made up of rumor than they were hard evidence, i.e. the alleged Eminem beef in 2013 that never really went anywhere. So, now that the ground rules have been laid down, let’s get our bulletproof vests on and begin.

1. Jay-Z

Since they first collaborated on 2009’s “Off That,” Drake and Jay-Z have had a tentative relationship. The rap superstars have never overtly direct about their issues on record, but have spent the last six years airing them out through subliminal disses, shade-throwing interviews, and a general ambiguity as to whether they are friends or frienemies. Drake threatened to take the throne in 2011’s “I’m On One.” Jay threw shots back at him on his own instrumental with 2014’s “We Made It Freestyle,” and Drake responded with “Draft Day” later that year. It’s a back-and-forth the two have continued well into the present day, as Jay’s verse on “Shining” and Drake’s recent interview with DJ Semtex exemplifies.

When asked about Jay’s two-line cameo on his 2016 single “Pop Style,” Drake neglected to answer whether they had reconciled. According to him, the cameo was Kanye West’s idea, and the fact that Drake opted to go with a solo version of the song on his album suggests that he and Jay are still far from being cool. “I’ve expressed my admiration and respect for Jay countless times,” Drake told Beats 1 Radio, “[But] sometimes we just fall on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the rap world.” Read more about their history here.


2. Common

When Common first started beef with Drake in 2011, it was reportedly over the rapper’s perceived softness. This was the focus of the diss record “Sweet,” where Common dished out lines like “Some ho-a*s n*ggas/Singing all around me man, la la la/You ain’t motherf**kin’ Frank Sinatra.” Being that this was the first time Drake had been personally called out by another rapper, as he recounted to HipHopDX in 2013: “I reacted in a very poised way. First of all, I made sure it would run in the club because that’s more painful than anything. As opposed to just being on a blog, I wanted to be on a record that you would have to stand around and hear every night for a few months. That was my whole strategy going into that.”

Drake fired back at Common with a guest verse on Rick Ross‘ “Stay Schemin,” which became a street hit and all but swayed the feud in his favor. Common hopped on the same instrumental for a response, but with Drake lyrics like “It bothers me when the gods get to actin’ like the broads,” and “Back when if a ni**a reached it was for the weapon/ Nowadays ni**as reach just to sell they record,” the beef was over. Common later admitted to MTV that his words were partially inspired by Drake’s relationship with Serena Williams (whom Common had previously dated), but that didn’t stop the rap vet from taking an L.


3. The Weeknd

Drake took The Weeknd under his wing in 2011, promoting the singer’s debut mixtape House of Balloons and giving him multiple guest spots on his Grammy winning album Take Care. Still, as time went on, The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) felt slighted by the arrangement between him and Drake, saying that he was being stifled as an artist. “I gave up almost half of my album. It’s hard,” he told Rolling Stone, “I will always be thankful—if it wasn’t for the light he shined on me, who knows where I’d be. And everything happens for a reason. You never know what I would say if this success wasn’t in front of me now.”

Drake felt some of way about the artistic severing, and took subliminal shots at The Weeknd on his 2013 song “5AM In Toronto.” The line “Cause I show love, never get the same outta n—as/ It’s funny how money can make change outta n—as” was seen as a direct reference to The Weeknd, who responded with his own subliminals on the song “Sidewalks.” In a happy turn of events, however, it looks as though the two have squashed their beef and made up. The Weeknd is even set to appear on More Life.


4. Kendrick Lamar

It all started with a guest verse. Kendrick Lamar‘s scene-stealing turn on “Control” took the world by storm in 2013, as he called himself the King of both coasts and called out several rappers–Drake included– by name. The Canadian rapper was initially indifferent, but by the time he released “The Language” a few months later, it was obvious that he didn’t appreciate the name drop. “F–k any ni–a that’s talking sh-t just to get a reaction / f–k going platinum, I looked at my wrist and it’s already platinum,” he rapped. Lamar came even harder at the 2013 BET Cypher (watch below), where he mentions tucking a “sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes.”

The feud caused a mass divide in the culture, as fans were forced to choose between the crossover appeal of Drake and the hardened lyricism of Kendrick Lamar. It wasn’t long before things settled down, however, as Drake buried the hatchet, despite what many thought was a subliminal attack from Lamar in the 2015 song “Darkside/Gone.” For right now, this epic battle lies dormant. As for who’s currently winning, we may have to give the nod to K. Dot on this one.

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar

5. Meek Mill

Drake’s feud with Meek Mill has been the most discussed of his entire career. The two emcees had a friendly relationship in the past, collaborating on songs like “Amen” and “R.I.C.O,” but Mill reportedly took offense when Drake didn’t promote his album Dreams Worth More Than Money (2015). Mill hopped on Twitter and caused a media firestorm when he claimed that Drake didn’t write his own raps, and instead relied on ghostwriter Quentin Miller: “If I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album….. I don’t trick my fans! Lol.” Drake didn’t appreciate the call out, and released the ominous, subliminal-laden diss record “Charged Up” not long after. It went over decently, but many felt that a strong rebuttle from Mill could sway things his way.

A week went by with no new Meek Mill, and Drake decided to follow up his jab with the verbal knockout that was “Back to Back.” It was obvious with lyrics like “Trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers/You gettin’ bodied by a singin’ n*gga,” that Drizzy had all but solidified his victory. By the time Mill clapped back with the lukewarm “Wanna Know,” his rap tombstone was already etched. It’s no coincidence that his career has been one filled with beef and controversy ever since.


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LISTEN: Drake Takes Shots At Meek Mill On ‘More Life’

The feud between Drake and Meek Mill has been well documented. Meek called out Drake for using a ghostwriter in 2015, all because the rapper neglected to promote the album Dreams Worth More Than Money. Drake responded with the one-two punch of “Charged Up” and “Back to Back,” all but squashing Meek on his own terms, while Meek responded with the muddled “Wanna Know.”

Now that the world has been blessed with Drake’s playlist More Life, its become obvious that the Champagne Papi is far from over Meek’s insulting words. On the opener “Free Smoke,” Drake drops subliminal jabs at his old foe, asking “How you let the kid fighting ghostwriting rumors turn you into a ghost?” Drake goes on to clown Meek, rapping “Oh you n*ggas got no jokes.” Read full lyrics here.

Drake takes another jab at Meek and his hometown of Philadelphia on the song “Can’t Have Everything.” Amidst his mid tempo meditation on life’s finer things, he raps “Finally got my n*gga in a free state/n*ggas tried to serve me a cheesesteak/I gave ’em back a full plate.”

This plays on Philly’s signature dish (Cheesteak), while affirming that Drake did indeed wash him in the beef. Check out the full lyrics on Genius, and stream the entire More Life playlist below.

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Every Subliminal Diss On Drake’s ‘More Life’

Drake is an expert when it comes to subliminal disses. He rarely uses the names of his enemies, preferring instead to take cryptic jabs, and hint at those who dare to call him out. And with More Life, the 22-track playlist he released on Saturday, this tradition lives on.

Scattered amidst the breezy Caribbean rhythms and self-reflective lyrics, Drake takes aim at those he’s had beef with, both recently and historically. So, with this in mind, we took a careful listen to More Life and compiled every celebrity figure that gets caught in Drizzy’s crosshairs.


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Jay-Z and Drake have engaged in one of hip-hop’s ultimate cold wars. Not much has been directly said about their chilly relationship, but their subliminal responses to each other have become something of a tradition. Drake keeps things going on the posse cut “Portland,” where he pokes fun at Jay’s age and status in the rap game. “Fake f*ck with me back then,” he spits, referring to the songs that they’ve done together in the past, including “Light Up,” where Jay warns Drake of those who are phony. “But its getting harder for you to fake it now,” he continues, “F*ck bein’ rich when I’m forty man, I’m tryna make it now.” This is a response to Jay’s lyrics on the song “Shining,” where he talks about not being more successful than Drake with 12 platinum albums. Drizzy is saying that he’s not going to wait until he’s in his 40s (Jay is 47) to become wealthy.

Meek Mill

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Meek Mill is the most prominent of Drake’s targets, as he’s referred in the songs “Free Smoke, ” and “Can’t Have Everything.” On the album opener, Drake drops jabs at his old foe, asking “How you let the kid fighting ghostwriting rumors turn you into a ghost?” Drake goes on to clown Meek, rapping “Oh you n*ggas got no jokes.” Drake takes another jab at Meek and his hometown of Philadelphia on the song “Can’t Have Everything.” Amidst his mid tempo meditation on life’s finer things, he raps “Finally got my n*gga in a free state/n*ggas tried to serve me a cheesesteak/I gave ’em back a clean plate.”

Tory Lanez

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The Toronto spitter has had a rocky relationship with Drake, dating back to when his debut in 2010. Lanez has poked fun at Drake on several occasions, whether on social media, his projects, or radio interviews. Not one to ignore the critique, Drake responded on the song “Summer Sixteen,” rapping how “All you kids in the ‘New Toronto’ wanna be me a little.” Now, it looks as though Drake feels some type of way about Lanez, as he throws a subliminal at him on the song “Sacrifices.” He raps about a “Couple n*ggas from the city/Wishin’ on a star, could they be like Drake/Sorry no, not today/You gotta find your own way.” According to Genius, the lyrics are aimed at Lanez and fellow Toronto rapper, Mo-G, who also called out Drake in 2016.

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj‘s falling out with Drake can be dated back to a few years ago, when she started dating Meek Mill. The labelmates seemed to no longer be in touch, but in the wake of Minaj’s breakup with Mill, things have changed. The pair have posted pictures of themselves in the studio, and Drake even dropped a guest verse on her diss record “No Frauds.” Still, things seem somewhat strained, based on Drake’s lyrics in the song “Ice Melts.” On the Young Thug-assisted track, Drake raps “Look, I want you to myself/But I know you just left someone else/I know you did/He did a number on you/That must be why you move so icy.” He goes on to call her “Icy like 1017,” in reference to Gucci Mane’s l 1017 Brick Squad gang, who are known for their outlandish jewelry. Drake is saying Minaj has been cold to her since their reunion, despite the fact that he wants to be closer with her.


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The XXXTentacion beef stems from the claim that Drake stole his rap flow for the song “KMT” featuring Giggs. “It’s funny how the industry let this p*ssy n*gga sit at the top,” he wrote on Twitter, “All y’all suck, kill yourselves.” And despite Drake’s claim that he had never heard of XXXTentacion prior to these claims, the internet still felt he might’ve done some lowkey biting. This is addressed again on the song “Portland,” which features Migos frontman Quavo and Travis Scott. Drake raps “Bitin’ everybody, which is ironic ’cause your next album probably won’t even see the light of day.” According to Genius, the lyrics carries a double entendre, as “bitin” refers to both the hip-hop slang for “stealing” and evokes the image of a vampire, which must feed off of others to survive. Balls in your court, XXXTentacion.


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Drake and Diddy have had their spats in the past, with a nasty club scuffle and a claim that Drake stole the “0 To 100/The Catch-Up” beat being among the most public. Drake mocked Diddy’s famous flow and laugh on the freebie cut “4PM In Calabasas,” but this snide line in the song “Can’t Have Everything” is also reportedly aimed at the Bad Boy founder. “Never met myself, don’t remember who I was face,” he rhymes, clowning Diddy for his countless name changes over the years (Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, etc). Some fans disagree with the sentiment, but others are convinced that Drake is throwing shade at Diddy. Check out the Genius annotation here.

Jennifer Lopez

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The track “Teenage Fever,” which borrows the chorus of Jennifer Lopez’s 1999 hit “If You Had My Love,” finds Drake reflecting on their brief, rumored romance. “Your heart is hard to carry after dark,” he raps, “You’re to blame for what we could have been/cause look at what we are.” Given that Lopez has recently started a relationship with MLB star Alex Rodriguez, this might be hinting at the fact that Drake feels she is at fault for things falling apart. The title, “Teenage Fever” also carries a double-meaning, as it refers to the eager feelings he initially had in the relationship and the fact that Lopez was actually his teenage crush. Ironically, Lopez was dating Diddy, another Drake target, when “If You Had My Love” was released. Read more about the song here and listen to the full More Life project below.

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