- Drake recently opened up about his feud with Pusha T – but focused mostly on his disappointment with Kanye West‘s apparent involvement.
- Drake said he told West about having a son, information that Pusha T would later reveal in the diss track “The Story of Adidon.”
- West produced Pusha T’s album, which seemingly led Drake to believe that West betrayed his trust (though West has denied this on Twitter).
- Pusha T has now revealed that it was actually Drake’s close collaborator and friend, music producer Noah “40” Shebib, who leaked the information about Drake’s secret son.
Drake and Pusha T have remained relatively silent since their feud fizzled out in June, but both have recently opened up about some details that fuelled their confrontation.
Most notably, Pusha T revealed on Wednesday that it was not Kanye West who told him about Drake’s secret son – he actually found out through Drake’s top collaborator, music producer Noah “40” Shebib.
If you’re confused about the new development or need a refresher on the contentious drama, here’s what you need to know.
Pusha T appeared to ‘win’ the feud with Drake when he dropped his devastating diss track ‘The Story of Adidon’
The two rappers have been swapping barbs and diss tracks for many years, but their feud was reignited in the spring when Pusha T’s track “Infared” – found on his album “Daytona,” released in May and produced by West – poked fun at speculation that Drake uses ghostwriters.
Drake quickly responded with “Duppy Freestyle,” which was aimed at West as much as it was aimed at Pusha T.
After a few days of anticipation, Pusha T released “The Story of Adidon,” which featured Drake in blackface as the cover art. In the song, Pusha T claimed that Drake is hiding a son he had with a “porn star” and accused his fellow rapper of being a “deadbeat” dad.
Pusha T also took shots at Drake’s own father and mocked Shebib, one of Drake’s closest friends, who lives with multiple sclerosis.
Drake never responded with his own diss track, which led many fans to declare Pusha T the winner.
Its 100% official. Pusha T beat Drake 4 to 1 and it hurts to say it.
2. Story of Adidon
3. No response after almost a week
4. J. Prince stepped in.
Smh you went out bad bruh. BAD.
— Boondocks Aficionado (@RampageStew87) June 3, 2018
Even if the Drake vs Pusha beef is squashed Aubrey took the L and his legacy will forever be linked to ghostwriting and Adidon.
— . (@CAWBBBB) June 2, 2018
Drake later confirmed that he has a son
“I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid / From empty souls who just wake up and look to debate / Until you staring at your seed, you could never relate,” Drake raps on “Emotionless,” the fourth track on the album.
“March 14,” the album’s closing track, is essentially an open letter to his son. He describes his disbelief the day his paternity was confirmed and his ultimate desire to create a stable environment for his child.
Drake on March 14 don’t sound like he was ever planning on being a deadbeat. No response to Pusha T and it’s not needed. Making a song for his son is what was needed and to clear the air on things.
— cozy (@fathercozy) June 29, 2018
TMZ reported that Drake had already planned “to reveal everything about his new son on his upcoming album” before Pusha T’s unexpected reveal.
In a recent interview, Drake finally opened up about his son, Pusha T – and, notably, his anger towards West
On Friday, Drake appeared on the second episode of LeBron James’ HBO show, “The Shop.” He briefly discussed the struggles of being a “single father” as well as his excitement for parenthood. He also said he suspected Pusha T might mention his child during their feud.
“Rap purists and people who love confrontation, they love to say, ‘There’s no rules to this s—.’ There are f—ing rules to this s—,” he said, as reported by Pitchfork. “I’m going to tell you something: I knew something was going to come up about my kid. They had to add the deadbeat dad thing to make it more appealing, which is fine.”
Drake went on to condemn Pusha T for his shots at Shebib, saying that he crossed a line in “wishing death upon my friend who has MS.”
“When you mention defenseless people who are sick in the hospital, who have passed away, I just believe that there’s a price you have to pay for that,” he said. “The s—‘s done, the event’s over.”
Drake said he’d had a second diss track ready in which he admittedly said “terrible things,” but ultimately decided not to release it: “I got home, listened back to it, and I was like, ‘Man, this is not something I ever want to be remembered for.'”
A large chunk of the conversation was dedicated to Drake’s issues with West.
Although Drake didn’t explicitly accuse West of betrayal, he did express some anger towards his former frequent collaborator.
Drake strongly implied that West scheduled the releases of “Ye,” “Daytona,” and other albums to interfere with the release of “Scorpion” – and seemed to believe that West told Pusha T about Drake’s son.
“I’m in Wyoming [helping West produce his album “Ye”]. I play him ‘March 14.’ I send him a picture of my son. I tell him I’m having trouble with my son’s mother. We had a conversation,” Drake said.
Although this is the first time Drake has publicly spoken about these issues, it seems West was already keenly aware of his suspicions. He took to Twitter last month to send Drake “good energy and love” – and apologise for his role in the Pusha T debacle. He also denied that he told Pusha T anything about Drake’s son.
since we were building as friends and brothers I should have spoken to Pusha about the Quentin Miller bar. There should have been no songs with my involvement that had any negative energy towards you
— ye (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018
I did not have any conversations about your child with Pusha. I don’t play with the idea of people’s children after I spoke to Wiz a few years earlier.
— ye (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018
Pusha T has now confirmed that West did not tell him about Drake’s son – and claimed that he found out thanks to Shebib
On Wednesday, Pusha T appeared on “The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal.” During the three-hour interview, Pusha T clarified how he actually obtained the information about Drake’s son and his coparent, Sophie Brussaux.
“The information came from 40,” Pusha T declared, using Shebib’s identifiable moniker, as reported by Complex. “It didn’t come from Kanye, at all.”
“Forty is sleeping with a woman … he talks to her daily, five, six hours a day … provides opportunity for her,” Pusha T continued. “And, ultimately, [he] speaks about how he’s disgruntled about certain things, notoriety and things involving Drake and his career, and so on and so forth.”
“With that also came the fact that Drake has a child. With that also came the trip that everybody took to go see the child, and bring him gifts, and all this information. She divulged this information. That’s where it came from.”
Pusha T also said the only reason he did the interview and spoke out about the matter was because Drake was “so passionate about the whole MS thing.”
“‘When you said my friend’ – but your friend is the reason why. That’s how it came about,” he said. “That narrative’s got to die. Listen, it needs to die. It’s done. That narrative is done.”
Representatives for Drake, West, and Pusha T didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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