This morning Drake released a track called “Back to Back Freestyle”, the latest in the ongoing spat between the maple syrup Fresh Prince and Meek Mill, [look up who that is at some point before posting].
It’s the most recent episode of this week’s pop culture pants-pissing contest between the two, who’ve been at loggerheads since Monsieur Mill accused Drake of using ghostwriters to write his music poems.
Stop comparing drake to me too…. He don’t write his own raps! That’s why he ain’t tweet my album because we found out! 😁
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
If you really want to see the blow by blow of how it played out, there’s a pretty comprehensive recap of imbroglio here. Among the owns Drake slings at the Philly rapper, include the following: “You love her then you gotta get a world tour. Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?. I know that you gotta be a thug for her. This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more,” which, ok, is pretty good, all things considered. But the quality of the rhymes aren’t the issue here, even though, I guess, that is exactly what the issue is. The point is that every diss track ever written is corny as hell.
This is neither Drake nor Meek’s, first foray behind the deli meat-slicer, and, of course, the history of hip hop is littered with such musical feuds. Complex has a list of the 50 best diss songs here you can peruse through for a stroll down memory lane. Many of them are unquestionably classic entries into the rap canon, but one thing they all have in common is, at their root, a diss track is an example of what happens when you get so mad at another guy you sing a song about him. That’s all it is.
The purpose of dissing someone is, literally, to dismiss them. This person is not worth my time, you say. And yet you break out the notebook, spend a couple hours thinking about everything the person has ever done, familiarizing yourself with their biography, shlepp all the way down the studio, and spend another couple of hours doing takes until you get the perfect document of how mad you are not. It’s the contemporary equivalent of West Side Story-style angry choreographed dancing at a rival gang.
That is all considering, of course, that any of it is sincere in the first place. A high percentage of the famous beefs throughout hip hop were likely ginned up for publicity, and for good reason, because they work. Look at us talking about this one!
The point is, there is nothing less cool than getting mad. Unless it’s getting mad about people getting mad, like I’ve done here.