Pusha-T Is Out To Make Jim Jones Cry On A New Diss Record

Yesterday (June 20), a new Clipse song made its debut at Pharrell Williams’ first Louis Vuitton show in Paris, France. Since February, the Neptunes and N*E*R*D cofounder has been serving as Creative Director of Menswear for Louis Vuitton—a position previously held by his friend, the late Virgil Abloh. This week, Skateboard P premiered a song from the group he and Chad Hugo famously produced, developed, and signed to their Star Trak imprint. The Clipse song marks the duo’s first reported song under their discography since 2009’s Til The Casket Drops album. Both artists have since embarked on solo careers, including Pusha-T’s chart-topping, Grammy-nominated run. Since late 2019, Pusha and brother No Malice have reunited on Kanye West’s “Use This Gospel,” and on last year’s “I Pray For You.”

The brothers Thornton appeared in Paris to walk the runway as their song played, feet away from JAY-Z, Beyoncé, and other celebrities. However, while the reunion made headlines, so did the contents of the song lyrics. “Beware of my name, that there’s delegate / You know I know where you’re delicate / Crush you to pieces, I’ll hum a breath of it / I will close your heaven for the hell of it / You think it’d be valor amongst veterans / I’m watching your fame escape relevance / We all in a room, but here’s the elephant / You chasing a feature out of your element,” Pusha raps. In the eyes of many, the words are a shot at Jim Jones. Moments later, the verse continues, “And those lab diamonds under inspection / The question marks block your blessings / It’s no tombstones in the desert / I know by now you get the message.”

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The Diplomats capo reacted on Tuesday night, hours after the song debuted. “Let me know if they serious cause my name is my name #Capo,” Jim Jones wrote, prodding at Pusha’s 2013 album title. The caption was next to a video of the Uptown rapper laughing hysterically. On his IG stories, Jim dismissed the lyrics. “Let me know when they really ready.”

A dozen years ago, Jim Jones and Pusha-T worked together on the “Til I’m Gone (Remix)” from the Dipset MC’s Nocturnal album. Pusha’s lyrics follow remarks Jim made surrounding the Billboard and VIBE collaborative rankings. Jim, who did make the list, said, “What has [Pusha-T] done that puts him in the greatest rappers of all time besides talk about coke that he probably didn’t get himself?” Jim is quoted saying on The Rap Caviar Podcast in April (embedded below). “He’s nice as s__t. He could rap his ass off, but what has he done?” Jones also doubled down, pointing to the former Play Cloths co-founder’s fashion sense. “Nobody has dressed like him. Nobody wants to be like Pusha-T. I don’t remember nothing.” Among other comments, Jim added, “I don’t know too many n____s in this game that was leaning towards being like Pusha-T. Pusha-T don’t hold no weight out here. He not pushing no s__t out here.” Jim stated that he would put both Cam’ron and Big Sean above Push—whom Billboard ranked at #29.

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Outside of Rap Caviar‘s podcast, Jim Jones shared those sentiments at The Breakfast Club. “Could you name five Pusha-T records?” Jim asked Charlamagne Tha God. He pressed further. “Could you name five Pusha-T records? No. Could you rap to five Pusha-T records?” He continued, “Could you rap five [JAY-Z] verses if they came on? Could you rap five Drake verses if they came on? You lying because you work at radio. I’m just gonna say that because n____s gonna say Jim went way wildin’.’” Despite the public criticism, Jim stressed love for his former collaborator and onetime Sony Records label-mate. “Shout out to Pusha-T; I love your soul. You [are] my dawg. You not in my Top 50. You might be in Charlamagne’s Top 50 and things like that, but you haven’t done that much for me in my life.” He closed the part of the conversation with, “I never wanted to be like Pusha, I never had a Pusha moment in my life. Where I’m from, n____s wanted to be like you if you was really that dude as a rapper.”

In April, some believed Pusha responded to Jim Jones’ detracting remarks in an IG post. On April 21, Pusha T shared a photo on Instagram with fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo before his performance at the Fear of God fashion show at the Hollywood Bowl. “Places they’ll never be, stages they’ll never see…,” Pusha captioned.

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While Pusha-T has a longstanding feud with Drake and Lil Wayne, Jim Jones entered a beef with Freddie Gibbs last year. Both artists, each releasing music through EMPIRE, reportedly clashed in 2021 at a Miami, Florida restaurant. Earlier this year, Jones denied those reports. Pusha-T and Freddie Gibbs have collaborated several times, including on last year’s $oul $old $eparately. In 2021, Jim Jones questioned Conway The Machine’s rankings on a best albums list by music journalist Brian “B.Dot” Miller. Those comments sparked reports of a battle between the Dipset capo and the Griselda MC.

Notably, on Til The Casket Drops, The Clipse and Pharrell worked with Cam’ron on video single on “Popular Demand (Popeyes).” Earlier this year, Jones and Hitmaka (fka Yung Berg) teamed for an eight-song project Back In My Prime, featuring Benny The Butcher, Ty Dolla Sign, and Jeremih. Pusha’s 2022 LP It’s Almost Dry was nominated for “Best Rap Album” at the most Grammy Awards, losing to past collaborator Kendrick Lamar and his Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers.

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No title has been provided for the new Clipse song. It has yet to be formally released.

#BonusBeat: New music by Jim Jones alongside DJ Drama, Fabolous, Benny The Butcher, and Capella Grey is currently on the Ambrosia For Heads playlist: