Don’t Blame Us, Pusha T!September 19th, 2012
By Gee King
We can usually depend on Pusha T to call out MCs who need to man up. But after G.O.O.D. Music’s lyrical muscle tried to blame his frivolous beef with Lil Wayne on social media during Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg show, it seems as if Pusha needs to be reminded that men take responsibility for their actions. We’ve all watched the Cold War that’s drawn on between him and Wayne and though each deserves to take some responsibility, Pusha has clearly been the instigator. Fans will be fans — fanatic and thirsty for the blood of competition — but to act like this beef was something fans and media created is weak.
It all started when the streets started yapping that Pusha was coming at Wayne on the Hell Hath No Fury single “Mr. Me Too.” After Pusha, brother Malice and Pharrell made Japanese brand BAPE pop for hip hop, some were amused to see Weezy appear on the cover of VIBE rocking one of the brand’s distinct all-over-print hoodies. The concept of “Mr. Me Too” was to mock the imitators who were stealing the cocaine chic duo’s style and Wayne became the unofficial face of the metaphor. Ever since, there’s been a steady tension between the two factions, which didn’t come to a head until Pusha released “Exodus 23:1” earlier this year.
While the explosion of “beef” that came after “Exodus” was driven mainly by social media, the tweets were only quoting Pusha’s scathing bars. Aimed primarily at YMCMB golden boy Drake, “Exodus” was a step up in viciousness from the silly battles between Common and Drake and Diggy and J. Cole we’d watched earlier in the year, and landed a few solid punches on the Young Money ship. Without saying any names, Pusha made it clear who he was referring to by mocking their place on the Cash Money pyramid. Wayne made it clear that he comprehended Pusha’s message and delivered a more explicit one on his Twitter.
There’s nothing wrong with dissing someone on record — as the classic Loaded Lux and Calico SMACK showdown proved, a good battle is something the game’s been missing — but it seems commercial MCs are no longer capable of having a battle worth paying attention. No war could ever match the theatrics of Jay-Z vs. Nas, but nowadays MCs seem afraid to even try. As funny as everyone finds Diggy’s disses at J. Cole, at least he’s trying. The rest of the game’s MCs are eager to take shots via subliminal bars or veiled tweets, but it’s becoming pretty clear that none of them want true competition from fear of failure.
Pusha saying the beef between him and Wayne isn’t a big deal and downplaying his role in it is understandable considering industry politics, but his actions don’t back up his words. If it was all a misunderstanding, why not clear things up as soon as “Mr. Me Too” whispers started circulating? Instead, Pusha has instigated, dissing Wayne’s protégé and cash cow while repping a team that’s already butted heads with YMCMB. Wayne’s reactions have been logical. Fans reactions have been logical. Pusha T blaming social media for a beef he cooked up mainly on his own is the only part of this equation that doesn’t add up.
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