Young Thug has called out Pusha T for allegedly dissing Drake on the unreleased Pop Smoke song “Paranoia,” which also features Gunna.
“Paranoia” was originally set to appear on Pop’s recently released posthumous debut album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon. However, the song was leaked last week and was eventually left off the album’s tracklist.
Although Push never explicitly mentions Drake on “Paranoia,” the rapper makes references that allude to Drizzy’s faux Jamaican accent. “Those empty threats only sound good on your records / If the patois is not followed by blocka / It’s like marked for death Screwface, without the choppa / Let ’em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra,” he raps.
Listen to a snippet of Push’s verse on “Paranoia” below.
Pusha T’s verse on Pop Smoke’s “Paranoia” pic.twitter.com/OLhoiRyfXe
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According to Thugger, he was unaware that Push had used their collab to fire shots at his longtime nemesis Drake, adding he didn’t “respect” Push for dragging him and Gunna into their beef. “I don’t respect Pusha T verse on the song with me and Gunna cause I don’t have nun to do with y’all beef nor does Gunna,” he wrote on Instagram. “If I knew that was about [Drake] I would’ve made changes on our behalf… this rapper shit gay.”
Gunna also echoed his label boss’ criticism by sharing the post on his Instagram account. Check out the post here.
Young Thug comments on Pusha T dissing Drake on the song ‘Paranoia’ that featured him and Gunna, which was supposed to be on Pop Smoke’s new album. pic.twitter.com/sXsSy4t65n
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Pusha T then responded to Young Thug, saying that “NOBODY knew what the verse was [about]” but “the label heads that stopped it” “ONLY ASSUME[D]” it was about Drake “because HE TOLD them!”
Push also claimed he was the reason Thugger got to be a part of the track in the first place, and added that the So Much Fun rapper was the last person to hop on the collaboration.
“You were the last verse added to the song and that’s ONLY because I requested YOU!!” Push wrote, before adding that he “WOULD NEVER look or need YOUR respect for what is it I bring to this rap game!!”
Push also called for Pop Smoke’s manager Steven Victor to leave him off the deluxe version of Shoot for the Stars Aim for The Moon “to avoid any confusion that may take away from this amazing body of work.”
Later, Young Thug clapped back by calling Push’s verse “weak.” “You came and put some bullshit on a n***a who’s resting in peace’s music, tryna to fuck up a n***a whole vibe, ’cause you feel this is the perfect platform—Thug, Gunna and Pop Smoke—this is the perfect platform to go at this n***a’s ass … Do that shit on your own song,” he said on Instagram.
Young Thug has a few more words for Pusha T about him dissing Drake on their song
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