Drake & Meek Mill End Their Beef & Embrace On Stage (Video)
Three years ago, the biggest beef in Rap music was between Drake and Meek Mill. In July of 2015, Meek Mill launched a campaign that may have forever shaped Drake’s perception in the Hip-Hop community. The Maybach Music Group star accused Drizzy using ghostwriters and references for songs, including one of their collaborations, “R.I.C.O,” a song on a Meek album. Days after the news, Meek released several reference tracks of Drake songs, rapped by Atlanta, Georgia MC Quentin Miller.
Drake responded with songs—dropping double-barrel disses “Charged Up” and “Back To Back” before Meek released any offensive. Both diss records hit the charts, with “Back To Back” peaking at #25. Drake leveraged his popularity and songwriting to have the masses rapping along to attacks on Meek for riding his girlfriend, Nick Minaj’s coattails, and not being a proper Rap contender. Meek Mill eventually released his diss, “Wanna Know,” a song that he eventually removed from his social media. To worsen matters, Meek Mill’s public perception was challenged by a romantic break-up, an admitted pill addiction, as well as a felony probation violation that landed the platinum rapper behind the walls of prison. Meanwhile, Quentin Miller, the writer, opened up in 2016 that Meek Mill’s camp has physically assaulted him during the initial ghostwriter-gate.
During Meek Mill’s incarceration, Drake professed his support for his rival during at least one concert. Since 2015, Drizzy had plenty of other opponents in rhyme, ranging from Joe Budden to an ongoing, sometimes physical issue with Puff Daddy, as well as a longstanding feud with Pusha-T. This year, Pusha released two attacks on Drake in a 10-day period, getting as personal as any high-profile Rap beef in recent memory. Pusha, who dedicated a song to Meek Mill on DAYTONA, revealed Drake fathered a child before the OVO founder was able to unveil the news. Meanwhile, Push’ took hollow-point shots at Drake’s parents and his producer, Noah “40” Shebib.
Meek Mill left a Chester, Pennsylvania prison in April. However, tonight (September 8), the two appeared together for the first time in three years. At Boston, Massachusetts’ TD Garden, Drake welcomed Meek to the stage during his Scorpion Tour.
The guest performed his “Dreams & Nightmares Intro,” and the two men embraced on stage, and congratulated each other before the crowd.
Pusha-T has stated that his beef with Drake is over. This week, Joe Budden said that he is currently closer to Drake than he is with former employer/collaborator Eminem. Puff Daddy and Drake appear to be cordial. Things are back to where they were before “R.I.C.O” with Meek. Has Drake’s Scorpion campaigned dissolved all the venom?
Photo by A. Hilliard.