Drake Fires Back At Puff Daddy & Joe Budden With His Hardest Rhyme In Years (Audio)
When Drake’s VIEWS album was released last month, it was met with ambivalence. On the commercial side, it was a massive success, becoming the first Hip-Hop album to sell more than one million copies in a week since Lil Wayne’s The Carter III in 2008. Since then, the album has not yielded the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 4 straight weeks.
However, in some corners, the album drew negative reviews, critically, with few more scathing than Joe Budden’s acerbic critique. The MC, podcaster and reality star sounded off on VIEWS in a fiery diatribe where he said “I think that kid on that album that I heard sounds real fucking uninspired. THAT’s what I think!! That music sounds good and I enjoyed it. I played that album all the way to D.C. and all the way back, multiple times. 40, you sound amazing. 40 continues to progress. Drake, you do NOT!! I said the other day on this podcast, I miss the Drake that starts the waves, not hops on other ones. And, I’ll say it again. I miss Drake that pushes the fucking agenda, not let the agenda push him!!” Budden shares his views on the album for several minutes, commencing one minute into episode 64 of his “I’ll Name This Podcast Later” podcast. He does so, he says, from the overarching perspective of a Drake fan who believes Drake has a greater responsibility to the culture.
For weeks, it has been rumored that Drake would respond to Budden’s comments in a verse, and that Budden already had a counter-attack in the chamber. Reports circulated that the Toronto MC’s guest appearance on a new collaboration with French Montana would be Drake’s vehicle for the attack. While that song has yet to surface, Drake has now released “4pm In Calabasas,” his most aggressive rhyme in years, and he fires shots aimed at Budden, Puff Daddy, Chris Brown and more.
From the jump, Drake goes at Budden, rapping “All you self promoters are janky. We established like the Yankees. This whole fucking game thank us. We movin’ militant but somehow you the one tankin.’No limit to where I can take it.” His quips respond to several of the comments Budden made throughout his podcast. From there, Drake makes a slick reference to his infamous altercation with Chris Brown in a New York City club where several champagnes bottles were thrown across the room by their respective camps, saying “And you know me as a Cris bottle sender. Check picker upper. I thought we looked out for one another.”
Drizzy’s most barbed lines, however, are saved for Puff Daddy, who reportedly slapped Drake outside of a Miami club in December 2014 over an argument about Drake’s song “0 To 100.” Months later, Diddy spoke to The Breakfast Club about the incident, saying “It was the beat, and it was just a misunderstanding. I sent him the song for him to ghostwrite for me. Sometimes you can be in a room with someone who has a better idea than you, and you’ve got to be open to that. I’ve never apologized for any of that. I want the best record, if someone can go out there and write a better record than me, I’m the one that has to go out there and pull it off…And I don’t want any problems with Drake. He’s putting in his work. I didn’t do nothing to Drake. Drake is my friend.”
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“4pm In Calabasas” suggests Drake views the Bad Boy mogul differently. Drake cocks his gun near the beginning of the song, saying “Even had the OG’s tryna press me. Ha-ha-ha-ha. No way out cause I’m already in it.” It’s in the latter half of the record, however, where Drake unloads his clip. He sends rapid fire shots at Puff for over a minute intricately weaving in references to Diddy’s songs, lyrics, artists and colloquialisms in the attack. “Look at me now. They look at me like the golden child. Can’t nobody hold me down, especially not right now. Certain shit just too wild to reconcile. Take that, take that no love in they heart so they fake that. Dicaprio level the way they play that. Damn, what is that. Y’all don’t hear no songs then hit my phone like you did that. You either hit my line like where you been at. It’s always on some shit like when can I get a favor, or where my bitch at. Like I’m about to tell you where she been at,” he raps. Later, Drake continues with “Just total the hits and see what you find. You SWV cause you weak and I’m always always on your mind. And we can’t stop, make you dance to this. I’mma make you One Dance to this. A-ha-ha-ha-ha. Bod breed bod bwoi.”
After the release of the song, Joe Budden took to Twitter saying he wasn’t going to respond…yet. “Ain’t no move.. Now we all get to enjoy great Drake music,” he tweeted. Budden did, however, call for Puff Daddy to retaliate. “Puff gotta fire back for the culture lol,” he said, continuing with “Can’t let a nigga grab the classic bad boy loop, then sing all your hits as he disses u & not fire back lol for HipHop!”
As of now, Puff has not acted on Budden’s exhortations or directly responded to the song, at all. Shortly after “4pm In Calabas'” release, however, Diddy took to Instagram with a graphic that read “Positive Vibes Only.”
To be continued?