Drake has been in his fair share of lyrical clashes with rapper peers, and he has a solid diss catalog of tracks with memorable lines. He even likened his 2018 back-and-forth with Pusha-T—where the coke rap ingenue made light of his producer 40’s MS on “The Story of Adidon”—to a rap battle while expressing that he felt Push crossed a line.
“I study rap battles for a living,” he told LeBron James during an episode of The Shop. “When you mention defenseless people who are sick in the hospital, who have passed away, I just believe that there’s a price you have to pay for that. It’s over! Someone’s gonna fucking punch you in the fucking face. The shit’s done, the event’s over. I wanted to do other things. I didn’t want to further your career by rapping back to you and having this exchange.”
No one can agree on where “the line” is in the battle rap world, though. The only thing people can agree on is that everyone has their own line that they should express with their opponent before the battle. But in the rap industry, there are no pleasantries or sportsmanship before the bars fly, so it’s not the neatest comparison.