Drake Disses Kanye, Joe Budden & Pusha-T With His Best Raps In Years
Today (November 17), Drake has released one of his most potent bodies of pure lyricism in years. Scary Hours 3 is the third installment in a series of EPs Drake began releasing in 2018.
Drake does not treat these song bundles as throwaways. 2018’s Scary Hours contained “God’s Plan.” The song became the top song of the year on the Billboard Hot 100, amassing more than 1.5 billion streams. 2021’s Scary Hours 2 featured high profile verses from Lil Baby and Rick Ross.
The latest installment of the series adds six new songs to Drake’s October-released For All The Dogs album. Drake sets the tone for For All The Dogs: Scary Hours Edition with “Red Button.” The song, which was produced by Overkast. and Lil Yachty, takes direct aim at Drake’s longtime nemesis Kanye West. It also features slick references to Taylor Swift (“only one [person] could make me drop the album just a little later“) and his ongoing tensions with Rihanna.
Drake dedicates several lines to Kanye, rapping “Every time you need me for a boost, I never hesitated / Every time that Yeezy called a truce, he had my head inflated / Thinkin’ we gon’ finally peace it up and get to levitatin’ / Realize that everything premeditated.”
In 2018, Drake engaged in a vicious back and forth with Kanye and Pusha-T that included Pusha revealing to the world that Drake had a secret son. Drake claimed that Kanye had been collaborating with Drake prior to their falling out, simply to glean information about Drake’s upcoming music plans and use it against him.
Drake’s “Red Button” threats are not simply reserved for Kanye. Pusha is in his sights too. Pusha took aim at Drake on his 2018 song “Infrared,” escalating a back and forth that has lasted for years—before and since.
Drake has long been rumored to have a diss song that would end Pusha’s career, if he released it. Rap-A-Lot founder J. Prince is the person who advised Drake to stand down.
Drake makes several threats on “Red Button” that suggest the chapter is not close with Pusha. “If I press this red button, dog, everybody Heaven Gated / Press this red button, dog, and everything forever changes,” he raps. Later, Drake says “I’ll get to you 10 years from now like procrastination.”
“Red Button” is just the beginning. Drake re-teams with Griselda producer Conductor Williams on “Stories About My Brother.” The song’s laid-back beat belies Drake’s hyper-aggressive lyrics. The record features Drake talking about what dirt he would not do, while making it clear that he has others who will do it for him.
Drake uses “Stories About My Brother” to further address Joe Budden who sharply criticized For All My Dogs. Budden called out Drake for catering to younger audiences and not showing any growth. “This is like Yachty rapping. He is rapping for the children,” Budden said on his podcast. “I had to look up how old this n___a was when I finished listening to the album.”
Drake then responded to Budden on social media, writing “You left [rapping] behind to do what you are doing in this clip because this is what actually pays your bills. [You] switched careers cause the things that pop into your brain had you broke living cheque to cheque and the raps you write had 450 men showing up to your shows in dusty Enyce jeans to screw up their face to Mood Muzik 29 and pretend you are the goat.” The two artists had a high-profile feud in 2017, a time when Budden was pivoting from music to a full-time role in media. Their complicated relationship has been in headlines since.
Drake echoes his written comments on “Stories,” rapping “Imagine us gettin’ our validation from an ex-musician searchin’ for recognition / Same story every time, they heckle in repetition.”
Both “Red Button” and “Stories About My Brother” feature some of Drake’s most ferocious raps in years, but he does not stop there. “The Shoe Fits” finds Drake addressing those who want him to rap like he did in the past. He also calls out hypocrisies he observes in certain women who pursue him.
“Wick Man” features Drake rapping over an Alchemist beat, and goes bar for bar with J. Cole on “Wick Man.” The song is a follow up to their “First Person Shooter” collabo on the original installment of For All The Dogs. It’s also a precursor for what to expect on Drake and Cole’s upcoming It’s All A Blur Tour.
Drake closes out Scary Hours 3 with “You Broke My Heart.” The song is the only one in the six pack that features Drake singing. It wouldn’t be a Drake project without some diversity. Even with that ending, Scary Hours 3 is a full meal of heavy bars.
“Red Button,” “Stories About My Brother” and “The Shoe Fits” are the latest additions to Ambrosia For Heads‘ weekly updated Spotify playlist. The playlist features new music from Rapsody, Earl Sweatshirt & The Alchemist, Nick Grant, Rick Ross & Meek Mill, Childish Gambino, Jay Rock, Paul Wall & Termanology featuring CL Smooth, and much more.