Drake Takes On Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Kendrick, Macklemore, and Kanye West


Rap superstar Drake certainly seems to have a lot on his mind. In the last few months, he’s criticized everybody from Kendrick Lamar to Kanye West, from Mackelmore to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Yes, that’s right. Drake attacked the recently deceased, highly celebrated actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. But first, let’s start with Kendrick. Remember his verse in the Big Sean song Control? Here, Kendrick called out the names of up-and-coming MCs (including Drake), reigniting rap’s competitive spirit and subsequently receiving praise for it, from hip-hop heads to rap legends to the very people named in the song—but not Drake. No, instead Drizzy had this to say about Kendrick: “I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.” And also this: “That verse was a moment to talk about. Are you listening to it now, though?” And let’s not forget this gem: “He didn’t come in there on some wild, ‘I’m in New York, f*ck everybody.’ I almost wish he had come in there on that sh*t because I kind of lost a little bit of respect for the sentiment of the verse. If it’s really ‘f*ck everybody’ then it needs to be ‘f*ck everybody’. It can’t just be halfway.” That last remark just makes me shake my head and wonder if Drake actually listened to the song. In his heated verse, Kendrick called out the biggest names in hip-hop, threatened to end their careers, claimed to be the King of New York even though he’s from the west side (thus insulting every east coast rapper), and then listed the best MCs in the game: Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, Andre 3000, and Kendrick Lamar himself, blatantly excluding Biggie and Tupac, who are widely considered the greatest of all time. To call Kendrick’s verse “halfway” is a joke.


The next victim on Drake’s hit list: Macklemore. As you may or may not know, Macklemore apologized to Kendrick for beating him at the Grammy’s and then shared a snapshot of the text on Instagram. What did Drake have to say about this? “That sh*t was wack as f*ck.” Fortunately for us, he elaborated a bit more eloquently in his Rolling Stone interview: “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better—make better music… It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won? …To name just Kendrick? That sh*t made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!” I actually agree with Drake on this one. What Macklemore did was definitely “wack” and pitiful, especially since he made the text message public. Drizzy also used his Rolling Stone interview to launch attacks on both Kanye West and Fabolous as he shared his thoughts on Yeezus: “There were some real questionable bars on there. Like that, ‘Swaghilli,’ line? Come on man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some sh*t like that.” Again, I find myself siding with Drake—partially. Kanye’s Yeezus lyrics are as laughable as Drake’s meek attempts to diss Kendrick Lamar. However, there really wasn’t any reason for him to call out Fabolous. Hopefully, the rapper fires back at Drake with an awesome diss track, just to show what kind of bars he’s capable of spitting.


Now for the main event: Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Prior to Hoffman’s death, Drake was slated to receive the newest Rolling Stone cover. Instead, the magazine gave it to Hoffman—and rightfully so. The man is an Oscar-winning actor who recently died. From a business standpoint, the public is more inclined to purchase a magazine with him on the cover than Drake. But of course, the rap superstar and his inflated ego just don’t seem to understand that, as you can see from his most recent tweets:


Really, Drake? I understand that you were excited to have your first Rolling Stone cover, but come on.  To be “disgusted” with the magazine is ridiculous, immature, and selfish. If you look at the rapper’s Twitter page now, you’ll see that all but one of these tweets have been deleted, BUT you’ll also get a glance at this very interesting, semi-cryptic tweet: “CARTER V.” In 2004, before he tatted his entire body and grew his hair into dreads, Drake’s mentor Lil Wayne released Tha Carter, which helped catapult him into the rap stratosphere. The album has since birthed three sequels, which were all highly successful. So when considering Drake’s tweet, one can surmise that Lil Wayne is planning to release the fifth edition in Tha Carter series sometime this year.

At this rate, it seems Drake is ready to take on the world. I wonder which celebrity he’ll attack next–and how long it’ll take before he goes back on his word and does another magazine interview to promote his music.

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