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One of the most talked-about tracks on Pusha-T’s newly released DAYTONA album was, without a doubt, “Infrared.” The Kanye West-produced record generated buzz even before it was officially released, as it was rumored to include a not-so-subliminal Drake reference.
These rumors were quickly confirmed after snippets of “Infrared” surfaced on social media. In several videos, you can hear Pusha rap: “It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin”—an obvious reference to Drake’s alleged ghostwriter Quentin Miller.
Well, less than 24 hours after DAYTONA dropped, Drizzy fired back at Push with his “Duppy Freestyle,” a scathing track that also seems to take aim at 'Ye.
Here a few of the standout lines:
“So if you rebuke me for working with someone else on a couple of Vs/What do you really think of the n*gga that's making your beats?/I've done things for him I thought that he never would need/Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me/I pop style for 30 hours, then let him repeat.” Drake and Kanye collaborated on the 2016 track “Pop Style.”
“Don’t push me when I’m in album mode/You’re not even top 5 as far as your label talent goes/You send shots, well, I got to challenge those.”
“It's gonna be a cruel summer for you/I told Weezy and Baby 'I'ma done him for you'/Tell 'Ye we gotta invoice coming to you/ Considering that we just sold another 20 for you.” Pusha responded to this line via Twitter:
“I could never have a Virgil in my circle and hold him back ’cause he makes me nervous/I wanna see my brothers flourish to their higher purpose/You niggas leeches and serpents.” Virgil Abloh was one of Kanye's most recognizable creative collaborators. After Abloh was appointed the men's artistic director at Louis Vuitton, many people suspected 'Ye had started to resent his former team member.
Listen to the track below.
Shortly before DAYTONA's release, Pusha spoke about the Drake reference in “Infrared,” stating it was his response to Drake's “Two Birds, One Stone.” Drizzy rapped: “But really it’s you with all the drug dealer stories that’s gotta stop though/You made a couple chops and now you think you Chapo.”
Pusha explained on Ebro in the Morning: “I feel like the Drake thing, more recently, was about the ‘Two Birds One Stone’ record. A lot of talk about the record, or whatever the case may be [...] I guess, just speaking his truth, questioning my validity to the streets and so on and so forth within that verse. It’s fine. That’s what it was. But if we’re gonna question things … it’s my turn to question.”