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Chanel McClary, Class of 2017
Philadelphia rapper, Meek Mill released an EP hoping to redeem himself from his recent “L” to Drake, but fans think it’s a little too late.
In hip hop culture an “L” is a loss and according to social media, Meek Mill takes a lot of them.
This is just a part of the on-going fued between Meek and Drake. Meek Mill released a 2 song EP called “Trap Vibes” that featured remixes to Desiinger’s “Panda” and Drake’s “Summer Sixteen”.
It all started in 2015 Meek Mill released his second album “Dreams Worth More Than Money” featuring Rick Ross, Tory Lanez, Nicki Minaj and Drake. After the release, controversy arose. In July, Meek Mill called Drake out for not promoting his album. He tweeted “Stop comparing Drake to me too…. He don’t write his own raps! That’s why he ain’t tweet my album because we found out.” Meek Mill claimed that Drake’s lyrics were ghostwritten by rapper, Quentin Miller for the song “R.I.C.O.” that was featured on his album.
On July 25th 2015, Drake released a diss track aimed at Meek Mill titled “Charged Up”. He mentioned the allegations in the song, “Wow, I’m honored that you think this is staged…I’m flattered man, in fact, I’m amazed.”
Then on July 29th Drake released another diss track called “Back to Back”. The song questioned Meek Mill for not responding to the previous diss track and only sending threats on Twitter.
Twitter was fired up. Memes and tweets were sent out by fans and stans saying that Meek Mill took an “L”.
On July 30th, Meek Mill responded to Drake with a song called “Wanna Know.” Meek questioned Drake back, “I just wanna know, if you ain’t write that running through the six sh*t,Tell us who the f–k was Quentin running through the six with?”
On January 30th,2016 Drake released a new diss track toward Meek Mill titled “Summer Sixteen”. Drake addressed Meek in the song, “How you let me run it down here…I’m not even from around here.” But he also reassured Meek in his diss, “It’s nothing personal, I would have done it to anyone.”
Three months later on April 5th, 2016 Meek Mill released his own version of “Summer Sixteen”. Although his timing was late in his response of diss track, he came back strong. Meek responded, “Wouldn’t tell you that we run the city But we movin’, gotta say we joggin’ now.”
Prior to the release Meek could not upload the song because he was under a court order to not release new music while he was on house arrest for parole violation.
Soon, Meek requested that his house arrest conditions could be changed so he can record and release new music.
Upon the release of “Trap Vibes” Meek Mill’s marketing was very clever. Since the Drake beef music fans haven’t been listening to Mill’s songs as much but since it was a remix to Drake’s song it caught the attention of many users.
Meek Mill made it so that you can only access the song by sharing it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram first. Very Smart.
“Trap Vibes” displayed Meek Mill’s aggressive ability that was missing in the previous disses towards the Canadian rapper.
Meek delivered hard-hitting lyrics hinting that Drake’s attire, lifestyle and music are not better than his. He said, “Diamonds dancin’ like Mike Jackson, Sh-t shining like Mike’s jacket, Moonwalkin’ in a Rolls Royce through the rearview, see my life backwards”.
Meek referred to Drake’s song “Diamonds Dancing” and explained that his diamonds shine like Michael Jackson when he dances.
He stepped his game up and proved that he can go toe to toe with Drake.
The link to the “Trap Vibes”: