How are rappers Jay Z and Drake linked to art, fondue, and lacrosse? The answer isn’t apparent unless you’ve been keeping up with the jabs they’ve been throwing at each other. Despite previous collaborations on Jay Z’s “Off That” and Drake’s “Light Up” and “Pound Cake” the two have been in an ongoing feud. However this isn’t shocking. Hip hop has a fiercely competitive nature, not seen in any other genre of music. When you add in egos and reputations to defend, it’s easy for things to heat up between artists.
Unfortunately, there can be causalities in beef. It seems Jay has put another target on his back and made an enemy: Major League Lacrosse. We can easily assume he prefers basketball considering his former part ownership of the Brooklyn Nets, but this isn’t an issue of favorite sports. The tension stems from a verse in DJ Khaled’s “They Don’t Love You No More” where he says presumably about Drake, “Haters wanna ball let me tighten up my drawstring / Wrong sport boy, you know you’re soft as a lacrosse team.”
In hip hop lyrical capabilities shine with the use of metaphors, clever word play, and delivery. More often than not, this results as someone or something else being the butt of a joke. According to Billboard, professional lacrosse players were not amused:
“Lacrosse is often called the fastest sport on two feet. Players are on the field dodging and shooting balls at over 100 miles per hour… With that said we don’t think Jay Z knows what he’s talking about when he calls lacrosse ‘soft.’ I can guarantee you it is anything but a ‘soft’ sport… Mr. Carter would not last one minute on a lacrosse field during a match and he is more than welcome to come to any of our games and try.”
This all started when Drake told Rolling Stone, “It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references! I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.” His statement sparked a response from him on Jay Electronica’s “We Made It” remix. Drizzy then fired back on his “Draft Day” freestyle. During an NBA playoff game between their hometown teams (the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors) he remarked, “Jay Z’s somewhere eating a fondue plate.”
50 Cent, who’s had his fair share of rap beefs, weighed in on the situation. MTV reports that during a recent Hot 97 interview he stated, “I don’t think it’s a dangerous competition for Jay.” According to 50 this is just something that comes along with the territory. “It’s natural that this takes place at some point.”
Though this beef is far from extreme it’s still a shame to see two major talents continue to go at each other. Hov is arguably in the top 5 best rappers dead or alive. On the other hand, you have to respect Drake’s artistry and his continuous growth in the industry. So will there be more subliminals and disses? For the love of fondue and lacrosse, I hope they bury the hatchet soon. Besides, we want more collaborations!