The Genesis of “Exodus”: The History Between Lil Wayne & Pusha T

What’s beef? Apparently, beef is when emcees address one another through subliminal disses and indiscreet tweets. For those who have been paying attention to hip hop news lately, rappers Lil Wayne and Pusha T have officially heated up the summer by sparking the latest case of rap beef. Each of the artists has released songs aimed at the other in the past, and it seems as though a large-scaled back and forth is on the horizon. However, the beef itself is nothing new. The issues between the two artists, while never becoming a headline, have existed for several years now. Seeing as though a lyrical battle is sure to ensue, it’s appropriate that The Listening Magazine takes you back in time to detail the origins of Lil Wayne versus Pusha T.
The history between Lil Wayne and Pusha T was not always filled with tension between the two artists. In fact, the artists and their affiliates worked together on multiple occasions. In 2002, Pusha T and his brother Malice (known collectively as Clipse) released their debut studio album Lord Willin’ on the Star Trak record label. The lead single from that album, “Grindin’”, became a hit and was the song that allowed the group to break through into the mainstream. Fans of the Clipse’s first album know that the remix of this classic record features none other than Lil Wayne and Cash Money counterpart Birdman. In the same year, Birdman (then known as Baby the #1 Stunna) released his debut album as a solo artist. The Clipse were featured on “What Happened To That Boy”, one of the album’s singles. At this point in time, it seemed as though both camps supported one another thoroughly and were on good terms.
Now fast forward to 2006. Lil Wayne is the self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” and Clipse are gearing up to release their long-awaited and oft-delayed sophomore album Hell Hath No Fury. At this time in his career, Wayne began to shift his style in terms of his music and his image. One of these changes was the addition of BAPE, a clothing line which the Clipse (as well as producer Pharrell Williams) were infamous for wearing, to his wardrobe. Wayne can be seen wearing BAPE apparrel on the cover of Vibe Magazine, as well as in his video for “Hustler Musik”. Coincidentally (or maybe not so much), the first single from Hell Hath No Fury was titled “Mr. Me Too” and was centered on people who copy the styles of others. In an interview with Complex Magazine, Wayne stated that he felt the Clipse single was about him and proceeded to attack the group and their affiliates. This marked the beginning of the tension between the two parties.
In the next couple years, the Clipse would go on to talk about the beef in interviews with radio stations and publications to express their views. This expression later found its way onto records. On the Re-Up Gang‘s We Got It For Cheap Volume 3 (2008), Pusha rapped “Lil’ nigga flows, but his metaphors boring, don’t make me turn daddy’s little girl to orphan, that would mean I’d have to kill Baby like abortion”. At this juncture, the group had clearly thrown shots at Wayne and Cash Money Records. However, with the Cash Money label experiencing tremendous amounts of success, the shots went largely unanswered and the Clipse went on to eventually disown the beef entirely.
In 2011, the issues between the two artists began to bubble back to the surface once again. While Pusha T went as far as to congratulate Wayne on being freed after his prison stint in Riker’s Island, he took issue with Wayne’s protégé, Drake. As quiet as it’s kept, Drake has thrown some subliminal shots of his own towards people close to Pusha. The Canadian emcee hinted in an interview that Kanye West and Jay-Z‘s Watch The Throne album was a concept that Wayne and he came up with first. Also, Drake rapped “the throne is for the taking” on DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One”, possibly referring to Kanye and Jay. Now a member of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label, Pusha has appeared to respond with countless subliminal shots in a myriad of tracks he’s released since 2011 (including “Don’t F**k With Me”, in which Pusha raps “the swag don’t match the sweaters”). An admitted Clipse fan, Drake has yet to engage with Pusha to this point.
Pusha’s most recent subliminal attack came this week is in the form of “Exodus 23:1”, which is supposedly a single from his upcoming G.O.O.D. Music debut. The song features lyrics, some more specifically catered than others, which are directed at the Young Money conglomerate (including Drake and affiliate The Weeknd). Appearing to be fed up with Pusha’s attacks, Lil Wayne tweeted “F*k Pusha T and anybody that love em” from his @LilTunechi account on Thursday. The tweet would eventually become the opening line in “Goulish”, a song aimed at the younger half of the Clipse. Malice, Pusha’s partner in rhyme, tweeted that he was unconcerned about anyone that had problems with his younger brother. Likewise, Pusha’s label mate Kid Cudi tweeted that he loved Pusha T, and welcomed any oncoming controversy.
With the storied beef between Lil Wayne and Pusha T approaching its presumed climax, there are several questions hip hop fans are anxious to have answered. Will Pusha respond to Wayne’s attack? Will Drake engage in the confrontation? With affiliated parties involving themselves, will this become Young Money versus G.O.O.D. Music? Or will the beef simply die out on a whimper? Whatever the case, this feud is sure to have fans on the edges of their seats in anticipation of what is to come. From the looks of it, it’s going to be a cruel summer…

The Rap Up: Week of May 21, 2012

This week in music:





The 2012 Billboard Music Awards took place on Sunday, May 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Artists from all genres of music came out to be a part of the ceremony, with a few walking away with several awards when all was said and done. The biggest winner of the night was English songstress Adele, who won countless awards including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Digital Artist, Top Radio Artist, and many more. Dance group LMFAO won several awards as well in recognition of their hit singles “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy And I Know It”. Other big winners of the night included Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Lil’ Wayne, and Justin Bieber.

The “Queen of Disco” has been laid to rest. The funeral service for Donna Summer, who passed on May 17, was held this past Wednesday. The funeral service was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where Summer has resided since 1995. Summer, famous for hits such as “Last Dance” and “I Feel Love”, passed away at the age of 63 due to complications from lung cancer. Summer was survived by her husband (Bruce Sadano) and three daughters.

Acclaimed hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco released his latest single “Around My Way” this week, causing a huge stir in the hip hop community. The song, which is the first single from Lupe’s forthcoming Food & Liquor 2 album, has apparently angered famed producer Pete Rock. “Around My Way” heavily samples Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)”, a classic record which was dedicated to a deceased friend of the same name. As is to be expected, Pete Rock and his dedicated fan base showed distaste in the record, largely via social networking site Twitter. While this news is still making headlines within the hip hop community, it is believed that the issue has been settled between the parties involved.

News:





MIA Signs to Roc Nation Management

Austin City Limits Line-up Announced

Up and Coming Rapper 2 Chainz Arrested for Possession of Brass Knuckles

Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival Line-up Announced

Soundset 2012 Set to Take Place This Sunday

Russell Simmons Announces 2012 Artisan Series with Bombay Sapphire

Releases:





Chris Brown – Sweet Love

John Mayer – Born & Raised

Justin Bieber – Boyfriend (Remix) ft. 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, Asher Roth

Big K.R.I.T. – Temptation (Remix) ft. Juicy J & Waka Flocka Flame

David Banner – Sex, Drugs, and Video Games

Blu – Kiss The Sky ft. MeLa Melachinko

Cocaine 80’s – Gold Chain Glow ft. Nas

Pusha T – Exodus 23:1 ft. The-Dream

50 Cent – The Lost Tape