Jay Pharoah impersonates Nicki & Drake

Jay Pharoah is 2 for 2 in his impersonations this morning next to Sway. He begins the interview as Nicki Minaj and weighs in on the Meek Mill vs. Drake beef. Then “5AM in Toronto” comes on and Pharoah breaks out into a freestyle in Drake’s voice. Some of these nonsense lyrics he spits and sings are absolutely hilarious. On top of that, that Trident line to close out was actually really dope too. Job well done, Jay.

ICYMI: Drake “Back To Back”

Meek Mill addresses Drake in Brooklyn

Nicki’s PinkPrint Tour hit Brooklyn tonight and in his opening set, Meek basically verbalized his Twitter claims at Drake in light of “Charged Up”. He even referenced the song in bringing out Nicki.

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He gave me a verse for my album. Then he gave me a verse that he didn’t write that another nigga wrote. Where I come from, I represent the motherfuckin’ game. I represent the motherfuckin’ streets. If they ain’t with me, they ain’t gotta act like they with me. I got the motherfuckin’ streets for life.

Keep in tune tomorrow night when Funk Flex is set to drop Meek’s response track to Drake at 6PM CT.

Quentin Miller: “Not a ghostwriter for Drake”

Quentin Miller, the named ghostwriter during Meek Mill’s Twitter rant the other night, went straight to his tumblr page to disclaim the label. His full words indicate he was merely contributing on a few tracks and gives full credit to Drake.

So between that and Meek steppin’ back on it, I think we can all move on from this? At least it drummed up some noise for DWMTM

Winter 2014… I was just another guy working a job he hated with a passion for music…. And somehow found myself on the phone with One of my idols..

i told him i worked in a bakery and his exact words were “Fuck that, your destined for greatness”…

Hearing that from someone that I’ve been studying since 2009, bar for bar…. Theres no way to describe that..

Most of the project was done before i came in the picture.. i remember him playing it for me for the first time thinking “Why am I here?” like.. what does he need me for??

The answer is.. Nothing…

I watched this man piece together words in front of me…

I watched him write/ replace bars 2- 3 at a time on 6pm in NY.. I witnessed him light up, go in and freestyle madonna….

I took notes from the best in the game….

I remember him Showing me the thank you notes in NY before the album dropped.. Showing me the QM, telling me they put me on the credits (Ghostwritter???) … He attached my name to something that touched the world..

When nobody would pay attention, drake saw something in me and reached out… Of all people… drizzy..

Two artist in exact opposite spaces in their career.. We came together and made something special..

I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together ..

Thats all i have to say on it.. back to this 1317 shit…

– Q.M.

Drake on Meek Mill

A few more tidbits has surfaced since last night’s Meek Mill twitter rant and ghostwriting allegations against Drake.

The latter has broken his silence in the form of an Instagram DM with STL rapper Hitman Holla, who released the message to the public. Drake also liked a photo on IG of a Skepta magazine cover being put in front of a Meek Mill magazine cover. Both those are below, and beneath that…

Noah “40” Shebib broke his long Twitter silence (in general) defending his longtime collaborator and bringing up a solid point about these “allegations”. This came after Funk Flex decided to get in the middle of it all and leak the reference track of “10 Bandz” by the ghostwriter (co-writer) that Meek named: Quentin Miller. Scroll below for the full details and stay tuned.

UPDATE: Meek Mill at his concert tonight on Drake: “Let him be great.”

PSA From Meek about Drake #PinkprintTour #MeekBeLike

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BONUS: Lupe with some poignant words on the matter.

The Haunting. A Letter Part 1 of 2 To rappers from a rapper…simply write your own rhymes as much as you can if you are able. Ghostwriting, or borrowing lines, or taking suggestions from the room has always been in rap and will always be in rap. It is nothing to go crazy over or be offended about unless you are someone who postures him or herself on the importance of authenticity and tries to portray that quality to your fans or the public at large. Then we might have a problem. Some of the most pivotal moments in rap have been ghostwritten verses. This leads to a bigger point. Rapping is not an easy thing to do. It’s takes years of work and trail and error to master some of its finer points. Respect from other MC’s comes in many formats. Sales, live performances, realness etc but the one thing that is the most important is the raps themselves at least in the eyes of other serious rappers. The phrase “I’m not a rapper” gets thrown around as if it’s a badge of honor. And that’s fine. If rap is a side hustle for you or just a come up then by all means may the force be with you. But I know a lot of MC’s where rap is the first love and the first thing they think about when they wake up and the last thing they think about when they go to sleep. Rappers who pursue the art form with this level of intention may not become rich and famous off selling their raps to a wide audience but that has never been an accepted metric to begin with in terms of quality or level of skill. The vast majority of rappers will never sell 100 records in their lifetimes let alone millions. But that’s not the point, the point is that what pursuing the craft gives us in terms of the intangibles is something that record sales or fame could never represent. We achieve a mastery of language and poetics that competes on the highest levels of discourse across the entirety of human history. We express ourselves creatively and attain a sense of liberation and self-esteem via this sacred mode of creation and communication.

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Part 2 Of 2 Modern Radio and the commercial realm of music has injured rap. It set up ambiguous rules and systems for success that don’t take into consideration the quality and skill of the rappers craft. It redefined rap as just being a beat driven hook with some words in between and an entire generation has surrendered to chasing the format instead of chasing the art form. While mastering any format should be the pursuit of any self-respecting rapper including the commercial format it must be kept clear that it is just one of many formats and that you should strive to master all of them. The art form is kept alive and progressive in the activities of the tens of thousands of rappers around the world who are everyday trying to think of that next witty bar. Trying to put that crazy verse together while at work. Trying to find that word that rhymes with catapult so they can finish off that vivid story rap about their childhood. Meek Mill struck a nerve accusing Drake of having a ghostwriter and the entire rap world reacted on all sides of the fence because rap is alive. It’s active and it feels. Its rules and traditions are vibrant and responsive. I enjoy both these brothers music and find inspiration and appreciation from both of them. I remember being in Toronto at Goodfoot years ago and it was a stack of CD’s on the counter and the guy behind the counter was like “Lupe you gotta take this CD. It’s my mans mixtape.” I didn’t really pay it any mind I took it to the car and looked it over and just kind of set it aside focused on other things. I vividly remember saying “what kind of rap name is Drake?” The rest is history. Once while in Philly I went to do an interview in a shabby and very hood basement studio complex. I peeked into one of the rooms and it was this tall kid with his shirt off bouncing up and down in the booth with an energy that was electric. I gave him my regards. He gave them back. I think I mentioned something about him cutting his dreads. As I left I remember him rapping something about being a boss. The rest is history. At the end of the day, for better or worse, rap is alive even if some of its greatest moments are written by ghosts.

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UPDATE: Meek Mill said this in his first live show after the rant, apologizing to Nicki and sticking by his claim.

“Don’t get it twisted, I was just upset as a fan that he gave me a verse he didn’t write. What I was saying was, when it comes to rapping, when it comes to Jay-Z, Nas, Biggy Smalls and Tupac, they die for this s**t. When you coming … and you want to be labeled as the mother f**king best, you gotta be putting that pen down all the mother f**king time.”

“Shout out to Drake, let him be great in all the mother f**king lanes he’s great in.”