J. Prince & Kanye West Tell Drake & Pusha-T To Stand Down
At present, the world is waiting to see if Drake will respond to Pusha-T’s ruthless diss from last week. The two longtime rivals exchanged same-day verbal haymakers on last month’s “Infrared” (Pusha-T) and “Duppy Freestyle” (Drake). Those stakes were upped on T’s “The Story Of Adidon,” which attacked Drizzy’s family, uncovered a controversial 11-year-old photo of Drake in blackface, and possibly scooped the rollout Drake’s Adidas campaign, in revealing to the public that Drake may be a father.
James “J.” Prince is one of Drake’s advisers. The CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records who has a long history of mentoring Drake after Prince’s son, Jas Prince, helped discover the Toronto rapper on MySpace and introduced him to Lil Wayne and Young Money/Cash Money Records. Prince has reportedly told Drizzy to stand down in his beef with Pusha-T.
“I spoke with Drake,” Prince said during an interview with DTLR Radio. “I made an O.G. call to Drake this morning, telling him, ‘I don’t want you to respond to this. We’re going to put this to bed.’ We’re going to put this to bed because we can’t get into the pigpen with pigs. Because pigs turn into hogs and hogs get slaughtered.”
“That’s not [Drake’s] character,” the car salesman turned record exec turned boxing manager turned autobiographer continued. “We didn’t work this hard to cheat ourselves over nothing. So that’s the way that is.” During another sit-down on Friday (June 1), Prince says he believes Pusha-T went way too far on “The Story of Adidon.” “I think this guy is being disrespectful,” he said, speaking to WPGC 95.5. “My book is called The Art And Science Of Respect, so it’s hard for me to not say he’s being disrespectful. It’s one thing for me and you to be in a situation, and it’s another thing for you to take it out on my mama or my dad. So I have a problem.”
This latest revelation comes after Kanye West declined to participate in the beef. ‘Ye, who has a long history of avoiding on-wax Hip Hop feuds took to Twitter and explained why he wouldn’t fire back at Drake, who explicitly mentions him in Drizzy’s latest diss of Pusha on “Duppy Freestyle.”
It was also recently speculated that No Malice would make his way into the monumental battle as he was also named in “Duppy Freestyle.” Production group J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League revealed that both No Malice and Pusha T are ready to return as a duo. “New Clipse song, ready and loaded in the chamber,” their account tweeted. No new music from the group has yet surfaced.
Drake isn’t the first artist J. Prince has represented that has gotten involved in beef. Back in 1995, Mad CJ Mac went at Spice-1 and Dr. Dre on video single, “Powda Puff.” A decade later, in 2005, Z-Ro began a beef with 50 Cent and dissed him on the song “Snitch Ni**as.” J. Prince also was involved with Scarface’s beef with Lil Troy, which lasted 15 years and eventually ended in 2016.
The memoir by the exec also known as Lil’ J, publishes on hardcover June 22. It was co-written with Jasmine D. Waters.