The Verdict Is in on Meek Mill’s Diss Track and It’s…Not Good

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Drake invokes Joe Carter in latest shot at Meek Mill.

There’s no music criticism harsher than the Twitter jury, and Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill is finding that out following the release of his Drake diss track “Wanna Know” late on Thursday night. Who among us hasn’t fantasised about Thom Yorke curling his falsetto around an icy electronic beat while Daniel Craig somersaults over bullets in slow-motion, wearing a suit?The Grammy winner issued “Back to Back” overnight, accompanied by a photo of Carter’s triumphant trot following his World Series-winning walk-off home run in 1993.

At this very moment, Twitter is eviscerating Philadelphia rapper and Nicki Minaj paramour Meek Mill for a track he just released called “Wanna Know.” It’s a diss track of Drake, the Canadian teen TV star turned platinum MC whose feud with Meek has been the talk of the hip-hop world for the past two weeks.INDIO, CA – APRIL 12: Rapper Drake performs onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella) PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — We’ve reached a strange moment in music, as the biggest songs of the week were born out of a Twitter feud and released via SoundCloud and an internet radio station. With most of the Internet declaring Drake the winner of what has been admittedly a tepid beef, let’s take a look at the events that got us to this particular place in time.

Save for an amusing suggestion that Drake was once urinated on by one of T.I.’s entourage, the lyrics lack both bite and humor — a disappointment considering Meek’s usual verbal fury. Apparently not, according to bookies William Hill – they decided on Tuesday to suspend betting on the singer of the next James Bond theme song, after some absolute joker placed £15,000 on Radiohead’s chances.

In a new diss track titled “Wanna Know,” which the rapper released late Thursday, Meek finally retaliates, rapping, “I just wanna know / If you ain’t write that runnin’ through the 6 sh– / Tell us, who was Quentin runnin’ through the 6 with?” Listen below: The track also includes what appears to be the reference track for Drake’s “Know Yourself” with Quentin Miller, whom Meek Mill named as Drake’s ghostwriter when he claimed the Toronto MC doesn’t write his own raps. In Nugent’s eyes, dentist Walter Palmer did the right thing when he paid $50,000 to track and kill a lion in Zimbabwe after luring it beyond the safe confines of a national park. “The whole story is a lie,” Nugent wrote on Facebook. “It was a wild lion from a ‘park’ where hunting is legal & ESSENTIAL beyond the park borders. All animals reproduce every year & would run out of room/food to live w/o hunting.” Er, not sure about the science behind that one, Nugent, but we’ll keep an eye out for the “full piece” you’re writing about it.

July 22: During an extended series of tweets, Meek Mill accuses Drake of not writing his own rhymes—specifically the verse that Drake provided for “R.I.C.O.” He says that Drake’s contribution to the song was written by an Atlanta MC named Quentin Miller. At a concert in Virginia that night (Meek is currently on girlfriend Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint tour), Meek clarifies his Twitter statements. “And don’t get it twisted, I was just upset as a fan that a n—- gave me a verse that he didn’t write.

For an artist who has cut short more than one Australian gig in the past, after punters allegedly hurled full beer cans on stage, that’s almost a news story in itself. When a local radio broadcaster chose to point that out in a snarky tweet to Banks, she replied, calling Aussie crowds terrible, violent and belligerent. July 25: With support from longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib, Drake releases a track called “Charged Up” that acts as a response to Meek’s allegations. “I’m honored that you think this is staged,” Drake raps. The rock opera checks in at twenty nine songs and over ninety two minutes, and follows a character grappling with his mental health and meeting with a doppelganger. Rather, Dre is meant to be putting out music inspired by forthcoming music biopic, Straight Outta Compton – and, according to Ice Cube, the album may come out on 1 August.

July 27: Meek claims he’s got a track ready in response to “Charged Up” called “Beautiful Nightmare,” but when the time comes to unveil it, it turns out to just be 15 seconds of Meek screaming. It makes their 2010 concept album “The Monitor”, which was set against the back drop of The Civil War, seem like Berenstain Bears level listening. Rolling Stone begs to differ, attributing confirmation of a later release date to “multiple sources”, but the point is, we’ve still not heard a new studio album from Dre in 16 years and that madness has to stop. Along the way the band shifts from sneering punk, to the stomp of 80’s radio rock, with a track of silence, instrumental hum, and a cover of Auld Lang Syne.

A protest against police brutality at Cleveland State university turned musical, when activists started chanting the chorus hook to Kendrick Lamar’s Alright. The song, off sprawling album To Pimp a Butterfly, features lyrics about black people being killed at the hands of the police, and the mantra that through it all: “we gon’ be alright”.

Fittingly, the marching protesters repurposed the song, reminding us all that before hip-hop went pop, it was a form of protest music that gave a voice to the multi-faceted struggles of disenfranchised black and brown men in the US. Not only did that represent the second straight championship for the Jays, but it also came at the expense of Meek’s hometown Philadelphia Phillies. What started as a YouTube project to gain attention for his other endeavors, has become a full-fledged rap career, as he releases his album Professional Rapper today. Not because of intricate cake designs, but because the happy birthday song that most of us recognise was under copyright to a music publishing company. He practices fiscal responsibility with Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan on “$ave Dat Money”, explains character is more important than looks with T-Pain on “Personality”, and plays a job applicant with Snoop Dogg on the title track “Professional Rapper”.

A newly discovered 1927 songbook has now essentially placed the song back in the public domain – though the specific arrangement copyrighted by Warner Chappell will still be under pricey lock and key. It started with Meek Mill claiming that Drake doesn’t write all his own lyrics, and ended decisively when Drake recorded and released two diss tracks aimed at Meek. If Frank Ocean orchestrated both the Taylor Swift vs Nicki Minaj and Drake vs Meek Mill Twitter spats to distract us from the fact that he did not, in fact, release a new album this month, then I applaud the effort.

You know that feeling, when you’re giving a presentation at work and start to lose your way, so end up going off-book completely and rambling into the middle distance? Also out this week is a coffeehouse collection of covers from “Torn” singer Natalie Imbruglia called Male, a proper debut in Yung Rich Nation from Atlanta rappers Migos, and a few deluxe edition reissues of Led Zeppelin.

In a tribute to the 40th anniversary of John Lennon obtaining his US green card, Bono went from honouring the struggle of immigrants to saying we should claim all the Beatles as not only immigrants, but Irish. Before all the luxury of portable recording devices, he and John Lennon just had to remember the ditties before getting into a studio and recording them.

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