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Lyrics from a newly surfaced, unreleased Pop Smoke track have reignited the feud between rappers Pusha T and Drake.
The track, unofficially known as ‘Paranoia’, features guest verses from Pusha T, Young Thug and Gunna. As Genius notes, ‘Paranoia’ didn’t end up on Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album, ‘Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon’, due to a glitch, according to the label’s head Steven Victor.
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In the track, Pusha T’s verse reportedly takes a swing at Drake, continuing a year-long beef between the two rappers. On the track, Pusha T raps the verse:
“You know reality bites, it’s chess, not checkers
Those empty threats only sound good on your records
If the patois is not followed by a Blocka
It’s like Marked for Death Screwface, without the choppa
Let ’em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra
Only to hide the blade flyin’ back through LaGuardia
I might even buy a home out in Mississauga”
Pusha T’s verse on Pop Smoke’s “Paranoia” pic.twitter.com/OLhoiRyfXe
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The verse reportedly references Pusha T’s concert in Toronto which saw a fight break out. The rapper also accused Drake of paying fans to through cups of beer at him on stage.
Young Thug, seemingly fed up with the drama, said he didn’t agree with Pusha T using the track as an opportunity to diss Drake.
“I don’t respect the Pusha T verse on the song with me and Gunna cause I don’t have nun to do with y’all beef nor does Gunna, and if I knew that was about him I would’ve made changes on our behalf.. this rapper shit so gay,” he wrote.
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Pusha T responded to Young Thug shortly afterward, saying he doesn’t need his respect and wants to be taken off the deluxe version of the Pop Smoke album.
“Don’t feel bad, nobody knew what the verse was abt,” Pusha-T wrote.
“The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They only assume because he [presumably Drake] told them! The same way he told abt the Ross ‘Maybach 6’ verse.”
The ‘Maybach 6’ verse in question refers to the Rick Ross track ‘Maybach Music VI’, released last year. An unreleased version of the track featured an additional verse from Pusha T, in which he allegedly criticised Drake.
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