J Prince claimed Drake’s response to Pusha-T would “end” careers, but the Rap-A-Lot Records CEO advised him not to release it.
In a new interview with GQ, Pusha addressed the purported diss track. “You know, I don’t know,” the Daytona rapper told the magazine. “I just feel like if there was something that was beneficial for either of those two guys, they would do it. I think they’re into doing anything that’s beneficial for them.”
According to Prince, Drake recorded a response to “The Story of Adidon” that would have been detrimental. “The ingredients was overwhelming,” he told “Sway in the Morning.” “I know for a fact that it would have been bad for Kanye and [Pusha]. It just wouldn’t have been good. It’s beyond music at that point. It’s gonna affect the livelihood, it’s gonna interfere with his whole lifestyle from that day forward.”
While Pusha stopped short of calling Drake scared to respond, he feels the silence was a calculated move. “I don’t want to call them scared,” he said. “I just want to say that they’re thinking. They’re doing what’s best for them.”
Social media also played a role in the beef. On “The Story of Adidon,” Pusha took shots at Drake’s family and longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib. The personal attack drew a mixed response from fans, some who believe he took it too far.
“It’s different because there’s a lot of sympathy and compassion and things like that I didn’t know existed,” said Pusha. “That’s why it’s not even fun to me anymore.”
In his GQ interview, Pusha also addressed Drake’s blackface photos. Drake defended the images, saying that the shoot was from early on in his career and intended to serve as a commentary on race.
But Pusha doesn’t seem to buy it. “I just know that me being a black man, that’s something I’m totally against,” he said. “I’m just like, ‘How could you be that comfortable, ever?’ Just for me, there’s no way that’s ever comfortable.”
Despite all this, Pusha has put the beef to bed. “It’s all over with,” he recently told Vanity Fair. “I mean, listen: I’m ready to be back to the music for real. Just feeding my base, that’s it. That’s the most important thing to me at all times.”