Pusha-T Compares Drake To Trump In An Infrared Diss (Audio)
UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after “Infrared,” Drake responded in a BIG way.
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Announced a little over a month ago, today (May 25), Pusha-T releases his Kanye West-produced DAYTONA album. The seven-song collection has artwork featuring a recently-acquired photo of Whitney Houston’s drug-filled bathroom a decade before her tragic death. Adding to the controversy surrounding the album is Pusha’s ongoing war of words with Drake. Push’ has maintained a verbal beef with former collaborator Lil Wayne dating back a dozen years. In the early 2010s, as the Virginia representative threw shots at the YMCMB camp as a whole, Drake returned fire in the booth. This back and forth last heated up in 2017’s Drizzy cut “Two Birds, One Stone,” which went point-for-point against King Push’s previous jabs, while questioning the authenticity of his musical allusions to being a D-boy kingpin. Pusha did not re-up his disses—that is, until now.
“Infrared” swings back in Drake’s direction in a big way. Pusha-T compares his Rap adversary to Donald Trump, and likens the scandal of potential collusion in the 2016 election to Drake hiring “R.I.C.O” co-writer Quentin Miller. “Ya hooks did it / The lyrics pennin’ equal to Trump’s winnin’ / The bigger question is how the Russians did it / It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin,” charges T, referring to Meek Mill’s 2015 outing campaign against the authorship of Drake lyrics. At a time when the song’s producer has spoken openly in favor of Trump, the comparison is bold and loaded with fodder.
In an interview this week, Genius‘ Rob Markman (embedded below) read Pusha-T’s lyrics back to him. The Clipse co-founder responded, “I feel like, everybody felt the ‘Two Birds, One Stone,’ you know, that was Pusha-T, [Kid] Cudi—aimed, so on and so forth. And that was fine. I heard it. I felt like, Okay, I can’t have an argument about how real I am. Let’s not do that. If it’s Rap, let’s let it be that. I mean, I’m just speaking my truth on this. I don’t think it’s anything disputable.” Thus, Push’ jabs not at Drake’s image, but his songwriting. In regards to Kid Cudi, he and Kanye West are planning a joint effort due next month. In addition to words against Pusha-T, Drake has publicly criticized and made fun of West and Cudi’s mental health.
In addition to new music from Pusha-T, the playlist features recent music from Nas, Dave East, Royce 5’9 and his group PRhyme, Dr. Octagon, Phonte, J. Cole, Drake, Logic, Kendrick Lamar, Black Milk, Eminem, Lute, Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Statik Selektah, Brent Faiyaz, Freddie Gibbs, CyHi The Prynce, Saba, Scarface, Rapsody, Sylvan LaCue, Evidence, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Big K.R.I.T., Nipsey Hussle, and a host of others.
#BonusBeat: Pusha-T breaks down “Infrared”:
This is part of Genius‘ “For The Record” series.