One of Pusha T's longest collaborators weighs in on the beef.
It feels like forever ago since Drake and Pusha T brought their long-simmering rap beef to a boil, resulting in some of the most high profile diss tracks that have come out in recent years. While seemingly everyone has given their take on the situation, and the beef appears to have come to an end (at least for now), one of Pusha T's earliest collaborators has only just spoke his mind.
Chad Hugo, who produced most of Clipse's hits as The Neptunes alongside Pharrell Williams, isn't as fond of the spotlight as his partner. While he recently made a return to the spotlight for N.E.R.D.'s lastest album, No One Ever Really Dies, he still rarely grants interviews. However, he did opt to speak to Pigeons & Planes, and he gave his insight of Pusha's rap beef.
"Well, somebody asked me about that and I said it’s good for the industry. I don’t know," Hugo said. "It’s interesting how Pusha would come for him like that with that song. When I was a kid there were battles like Roxanne Roxanne and KRS and all those battles, but they’re definitely redefining the rap battle."
While Pusha T's "The Story of Adidon" was notable for its severity in revealing Drake's secrets, it certainly isn't the first diss track to go for the gut shot. What it does do, however, is reflect Pusha's "warrior attitude."
"Pusha, he’s always been inspiring. People don’t know this, but he used to take taekwondo," Hugo continued. "When he’d write his rhymes back at my parents' house when we were still trying to make it, he would be stretching like Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme, that warrior attitude. I don’t know if that’s been instilled with him all this time, but it's a different kind of thing to be like, 'Let me show you my fighting skills.'"