Drake Calls Out Pusha T & Pharrell On ‘Meltdown’
Drake has reignited his feud with Pusha T and is dragging Pharrell into the fire with some lyrical jabs on “Meltdown.” The record is a collab with Travis Scott from his latest project Utopia which dropped today (July 28).
“I melt down the chains that I bought from yo boss/ Give a f— about all of that heritage s—/ Since V not around, the members done hung up the Louis/ They not even wearing that s—,” Drake raps taking shots at the Virginia native.
As for the chains, Drizzy is seemingly referencing the N.E.R.D. pendant chain, white gold brain pendant chain, and a skateboard pendant chain that Pharrell auctioned off last year. Drake bought the chains for over $2 million and wore it in his “Jumbotron S— Poppin” video last year.
“V” is in reference to Virgil Abloh, the former Louis Vuitton menswear creative director. Abloh died in 2021 from cardiac angiosarcoma, an aggressive and rare form of cancer which the fashion icon battled privately. Abloh made history as the first Black creative director for Louis Vuitton when he was appointed in 2018. He was known for bringing streetwear to the largest stages in the fashion world. Pharrell was appointed into the role in February and debuted his first collection last month during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.
As for Pusha T, their beef goes way back. Most notably when the Bronx native called Drake out for “hiding his son” on “The Story of Adidon.” Drake never responded formally. However, in “Meltdown” at the start of the song Drake raps, “Tensions is definitely rising/T’d up right now/T time, T time/T time, T time, T time,” later adding, “Heard your new joint, it’s embarrassing, s—.” The new song Drake is referencing is the Pusha T and No Malice — known as the hip-hop duo Clipse — performance in Paris where they aimed at Jim Jones.
“You lucky that Vogue was suing/ ‘Cause I would’ve been with the Wassas in Paris and s—,” Drake is later heard spitting. The Vogue reference is when the 6God and 21 Savage were promoting their Her Loss album, they decided to poke fun at the traditional album rollout, and in doing so they created a fake Vogue cover featuring the two rap stars. While many found their fake rollout hilarious, the prestigious publication did not.
“As a creative company, we of course understand our brands may from time to time be referenced in other creative works,” Will Bowes said. “In this instance, however, it was clear to us that Drake and 21 Savage leveraged Vogue’s reputation for their own commercial purposes and, in the process, confused audiences who trust Vogue as the authoritative voice on fashion and culture.”
The company ended up suing the rappers and the court ruled in Vogue‘s favor. They settled for an undisclosed amount.
Listen to “Meltdown” below: