Editorial: Drake “There’s no rules in this shit, but there are rules in this” Are there safe spaces in Hip Hop?

HBO Sports released part 2 of The Shop, Lebron James and Maverick Carter’s latest content for Uninterrupted. 

Episode two explores levels of struggle and triumph of the new age athlete. Della Donne shares seeing a sports psychologist to combat negative thoughts i.e. quieting the noise from social media, bystanders, etc. We recommend watching the entire episode. 

However, about halfway through the episode: Drake, Lebron and Maverick have an unfiltered conversation where Drizzy shares his side of the Kanye, Pusha T beef. 

There’s no rules in this shit, but there are rules in this.

The short version: Kanye invites Drake and 40 to a studio session. “He sold me on this whole…I’m in a great place and I’m making money. I want to be your Quincy Jones. But in order to do that you gotta be transparent and play me your music and tell me when you’re dropping…”

Fast forward. Kanye drops a series of albums in alignment with Drake’s projected release of Scorpion. All this comes to fruition after the two had an in-depth writing session that was ultimately Drake doing all the writing.

In mid-April, West announced that his G.O.O.D. Music label would release five West-produced albums on five consecutive Fridays, beginning with a Pusha-T LP on May 25. Then came a solo West album, a collaborative project between West and Kid Cudi called Kids See Ghosts, Nas’ first album in six years, and, finally, a Teyana Taylor project to conclude the series (Billboard).

On the first album, Pusha T’s Daytona. A diss song becomes the topic of conversation where Pusha unloads: “It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin.”

Pusha T exposes Drake’s borrowed pen game from ghost writer Quentin Miller in a line from Infrared on Daytona. 

Drake responds with “I just left from over by y’all puttin’ pen to the sheets / Tired of sittin’ quiet and helpin’ my enemies eat,” on Duppy Freestyle. 

Ultimately Pusha T gets personal by talking about Drake’s closest friend’s health on “The Story of Adidon.”

OVO 40, hunched over like he 80—tick, tick, tick
How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick

The line we now know sent Drake over the edge. Saying “Hip Hop purists say there’s no rules in this shit, but there are rules in this…” This take by Drake has some people conflicted. I mean THIS IS HIP HOP. Were there rules when Common crippled Ice Cube with verbal abuse on The Bitch in yooo? Look, everyone loves and respects Drake for his music, and love of the culture. But, are there lines you can’t cross in Hip Hip? A la “safe spaces.”

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