Drake v Pusha T - whatever you diss, don't diss the dad-dance
Drake is one of the most successful rappers of the 21st century so far.
But what we love Drake most for is his dad-dancing, in the song “Hotline Bling" (2015), which now has 1.4 billion views on YouTube.
Drake gave us guys the permission to dad-dance and be cool. The fact that he was being ironic was beside the point.
But now Drake is caught up in a diss war with Pusha T.
The feud simmered in the 2000s, but hit tipping point with Pusha’s “Exodus 23:1” (2012).
Drake shot back with “Tuscan Leather” (2013). Pusha retaliated with “H.G.T.V.” (2016). Drake swung back with “Two Birds, One Stone” (2016). Pusha came back with “Infrared” (2018). Drake counter-punched the next day with “Duppy Freestyle” (2018).
If this happens, we’re about to witness thermo-nuclear meltdown. Mutually-Assured-Destruction.
On the one hand, it’s proved to be an entertaining spectacle. Twitter feeds are melting down #drakevpushat.
Perhaps Drake and Pusha could've learned from Jesus’ words: “Don’t be judged or you too will be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
But on the other hand, us rubber-neckers could learn from what Jesus says next: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
In other words, as we watch Drake and Pusha diss it out, Jesus asks us, “What would a diss track find on you?” An embellished CV? A plagiarised essay? Pain caused to a loved one?
We’re all diss-worthy.
But as Drake and Pusha are finding out, once you’ve been dissed, there’s no way to regain honour again. If you don’t fight back, you stay dissed. But if you fight back, you get dissed even more.
In a world where we get dissed and have to diss back, Jesus offers us a better way.
Jesus restores us. Wipes our record clean. And tells us to "Go in peace."
And that’s something that no amount of dad-dancing can ever take away.