In a world where the digital play reigns supreme, where everyone gets their news from Twitter, one man managed to hold a nation of music lovers hostage.
Yesterday the internet basically crowded around a radio in anticipation of rapper Meek Mill’s diss track to Drake’s Sunday release”Charged Up”.
Well into the broadcast it became obvious that the legendary New York DJ had nothing from Meek and saying that he was “lookin’ at that inbox” which subsequently opened the floodgates to hate, slander and potential firing from Hot 97. Twitter let the man have it, signing a petition demanding that Flex be fired from his spot in the station for his actions.
A little background: Last week, Meek Mill went on a slow march to becoming legend Twitter rant where the Dreams Worth More Than Money MC claimed that Drake had a ghostwriter and had he known, he would’ve never feat in one Quintin Miller. To add insult to injury, Funkmaster Flex aired out a reference track where the Toronto rapper’s lyrics and delivery bare a shockingly similar resemblance to the original reference track. Naturally, rap twitter went ape-shit and tore into Drake like a stoner with a fresh bag of Doritos.
With lines being drawn in the sand between Drake fans and the Meek Mill camp, the past week has been nothing but barbs, memes, slander and the question of art vs skill. The highlight of the battle, is the heated discussing with fans regarding the presence and use of a ‘ghostwriter.’ Hiring a team of hitmakers is frequently practiced other genres, hip hop has remained a staunchly solitary practice as Nas put it, “all I need is one mic.” The genre depends heavily on a lyricists, a pen and a message. With the allegations and the ghostwriting surfacing one after the other, rap fans find themselves at a strange crossroads; do we accept that Drake had help structuring his sound, that he actively employed someone to write and record his reference track and potentially isn’t the man he’s built himself to be? or do we accept that part of the reason why rap and hip hop has had such a resurgence in recent years is due in large part to the restructuring of how songs are created; hook, melody beat and of course hashtag ready lines ?
Meek Mill’s the rapper’s last release came out of the gate with positive reviews, excited fanfare and even the praise of super critical rap twitter meant that Meek was sitting on top of the world. Remember, we live in a world where music is as disposable as the razors Drake uses to maintain his bikini line, to have posted the numbers, accolades and praise that Meek’s album did is impressive, he’s allowed to be butthurt when Future has the number album in the country and everyone’s attention is on everything else.