Late last night, Funk Flex premiered a new track from Drake, the Lauryn Hill-sampled “Draft Day,” produced by Boi-1da. On the track, Drake takes a jab at Jay Z…a response to to Jay’s jab from last week…which was in response to Drake’s comments from a few months ago. Confused? I’ll break it down!
Back in February, Rolling Stone published their interview with Drake, where the YMCMB rapper was quoted as saying, “It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references! I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.”
Drake would later go on to blast Rolling Stone for publishing things he said off the record, as well as not giving him the cover he’d been promised…but he never actually denied saying these things, which also included an off-color comment about Kanye West.
Hov may have been too busy gallivanting around the world with wifey and baby Blue to respond immediately, but when he got the call from hip-hop’s unicorn Jay Electronica to get on “We Made It,” (one of Drake’s songs, nonetheless), Hov found it the perfect time to respond with a friendly jab.
“Sorry Mr./Mrs. Drizzy [NOTE: there's been much debate over whether he's saying Mr. or Mrs.] for so much art talk,” Jay rapped on his “We Made It” freestyle. “Silly me rappin bout sh*t that I really bought. While these rappers rap about guns they ain’t shot…and a bunch of other silly sh*t that they ain’t got!”
Wasting no time, Drake came back on “Draft Day,” an ode to Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Toronto’s Andrew Wiggins (Kansas Jaywalks) entering the NFL and NBA draft.
“I’m focused on makin’ records and gettin’ bigger. Just hits, no misses (Mrs.), that’s for the married folk!” Clearly, Drake heard “Mrs.” in Hov’s jab, LOL. I love how there’s no real beef here, though, just healthy sparring on wax – something the hip-hop game always needs!
Just to be sure the world knows there’s no real issue, Drake also added, “I think I’m on my eighth flow, just watch me paint flow. We all do it for the art, so I can never hate though.”
Somehow Chicago newcomer Chance The Rapper got caught in the crossfire, though it was nothing too serious and honestly will just help his name get even bigger.
“You should’ve followed all my moves, you won’t realize ’til after,” Drake rapped. “And if I left sh*t to chance I would’ve picked a name like Chance the Rapper. No offense ’cause I don’t know that n*gga…I’m focused on making records and getting bigger.”
Chance has yet to tweet anything in response, but I don’t foresee a big beef brewing there.