(AllHipHop News) One of the most memorable moments of 2018 was the lyrical clash between Pusha T and Drake. King Push restarted their longstanding dispute with "Infrared," Drake answered with "Duppy Freestyle," Push went extremely personal with "The Story of Adidon," then Rap-A-Lot Records CEO J Prince called off the beef.
Pusha and Drake's bad blood reportedly goes back to 2012 when Push released "Exodus 23:1." The two rappers supposedly exchanged subliminal disses for years, and some rap listeners believed Drake's 2016 record "Two Birds, One Stone" was the catalyst for "Infrared."
The Red Bull Music Festival hosted a live lecture with Pusha T from Berlin, Germany. The 90-minute conversation included the Virginia-raised emcee discussing his infamous battle with the OVO leader.
"It's the competitive spirit. He puts out records and says what he says, and it's just about combating that and coming back at it lyrically. That's what it is that I do," stated the G.O.O.D. Music president about Drake. "I feel like that's another aspect of what that competitive spirit is, just standing your ground and showing what you believe in."
Pusha was asked if he thinks the general public understands the competitive nature of Hip Hop and the culture's tradition of battling on wax. The 41-year-old veteran also addressed the reaction to his decision to mention Drake's family members and close friend on "The Story of Adidon" after Drake name dropped Pusha's wife on "Duppy Freestyle."
"I don't know if people get it. I don't know how they look at it. You can look at social media and read comments that say, 'Hey, Pusha T went crazy, but he sold less records.' Or you can look at comments like, 'Man, that wasn't that good, whatever - a billion streams.' I don't know how people take it," expressed Pusha T. "I feel like I know how my people take it. I know what they think. They're me, so they look at it how I look at it. We chop heads off. That's really it for me."
He added, "It's funny because people will play with the whole battle notion in their raps, they'll say slick things. But then when it comes it's, 'Oh, that's too far. You can't do this. I'm going to write a whole dissertation about why this wasn't supposed to be.' Bruh, it's not even fun at this point. So you have to be really careful in toying with it, because I feel like once you play in it, now you have to really play."