Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have heard that rapper Drake is beefing with a rapper by the name of Pusha T, who is little known outside of those well-versed in the hiphop community. Pusha T’s most known work is a song called “Grinding”, which was released in 2002 when he was in a group called Clipse. Until now, Pusha T was a rapper who stood out because of his lyrical skill. Today, Pusha T is well known because of a diss record that he recently penned to Drake.
In his diss record, called ‘The Story of Adidon”, Pusha T insults Drake’s upbringing and family dynamics on multiple levels. First, he insults Drake by pointing out the fact that his father left him and his mother at an early age. “Your father walked away at 5, hell of a dad thing,” he states. At a time when other rappers, such as JayZ and J. Cole, have tossed aside the bravado and admitted to their struggles with fatherhood after growing up fatherless, it is interesting that Pusha T uses the lack of a father as a diss. According to the United States Census Bureau, twenty-four million children, which is one in three, live without their biological father inside the home. In fact, Biggie Smalls, who is one of the two “ghosts” that Pusha T has stated that he looks up too musically (the other is Tupac), often rapped about the hardships of growing up in a single parent household as well.
Pusha T goes on to admonish Drake, because his mother was never married. “Marriage is somethin’ that Sandi never had, Drake,” he states. Somehow, according to Pusha T, Drake is less than, because his mother never got married. This “insult” is also interesting, because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly forty percent of all births in the United States were to unmarried women. This statistic can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/unmarried-childbearing.htm.
Also, Pusha T speaks ill of Drake, because he now spends time with his formerly absent father in public. “Monkey-suit Dennis, you parade him/ A Steve Harvey-suit n—a made him,” he states. This touches home for me. As a woman who grew up in a single parent household and did not have the opportunity to meet my own father until the age of twelve, forgiving my father was something that I struggled with as a child and young adult. Hearing Drake speak of his own struggles with accepting and forgiving his father is encouraging to me. It is uncanny that Pusha T hurls Drake’s forgiveness of his father at him as an insult. Forgiveness is often touted as necessary for growth, but once again, in Pusha T’s mind that’s a sign of weakness.
Pusha T states that Drake has produced a baby out of wedlock and encourages him to accept his son stating, “A baby’s involved, it’s deeper than rap/ We talkin’ character, let me keep with the facts”. In the manner that Pusha T says this, he is taunting Drake. Once again, this is baffling to me, because many Americans struggle with this as well. While I hope that Drake is not a dead beat father, I acknowledge that it is hard to be a good father if you have never seen one firsthand.
Conclusively, although Pusha T’s diss record was witty and clever, I can’t feel it. He is dissing Drake for a family dynamic that is largely out of his control. I guess this is what the Bible was referring to when it talks about the sins of the father being visited upon the children. As a fatherless child, one day your nemesis can insult you for not knowing your father well, or at all, and somehow that will become your downfall.