Though early returns in the beef between Meek Mill and Drake were split, it has become pretty clear that Drizzy won the war. Whether the bars were or are better seems not to matter anymore, because Drake’s constant and strategic shots at Meek have put him in the position of power.
Drake kept the hit parade coming on More Life, and despite the battle long having been settled he spent a decent amount of time on the new project poking fun at his rap foe.
It was on from the jump, with the opening track flipping Meek’s most prominent attack on Drake into a diss of his own. “How you let the kid fighting ghostwriting rumors turn you to a ghost?” was a parting shot on “Free Smoke,” making light of the accusation that Drake wasn’t responsible for his own lyrics. It’s a brilliant spin, turning what should be a major loss of credibility into another point in the battle.
Meek probably would have preferred Drake stop right there, but he saved more extensive shots for the back half of More Life. On “Lose You,” Drake explained that he follows his rival a lot closer than you might think:
All you did was write the book on garbage ass Rollies
Ego stroking, picture posting
Claiming that you’d do it for motivational purposes only, but you just had to show me
See I know because I study you closely, I know when somebody lying
That attention to detail helps explain why Drake has been able to keep Meek on the losing side of this battle and drag it out for years, despite early concerns.
On “Can’t Have Everything,” Drake wanted to remind the listeners once again that he knew he won the battle. “Tried to serve me a cheesesteak, I gave them back a clean plate,” is an obvious barb at the Philadelphia native, and Drake feels a certain level of responsibility for Meek’s drop in popularity since they began to go head-to-head.
Even Meek’s affiliates and superiors aren’t safe from the wreckage. He might’ve looped in Rick Ross on “Can’t Have Everything” in a continued effort to taunt Meek. “Tell your big homie I’m all for going there again,” says Drake, “He ain’t even die and I ball with his inheritance.” This comes just a day after Rick Ross dropped his own album, Rather You Than Me, and claimed on “Triple Platinum” that he “had a phone call with Drake so we could fix the madness,” an obvious allusion to the Meek Mill battle.
After all the obvious attacks, “Can’t Have Everything” closes with an outro from Drake’s mother, Sandi Graham, that alludes to Michelle Obama’s infamous line at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, “When they go low, we go high.” Whether that’s Drake using irony for dramatic effect or signaling that he’s done with dissing Meek altogether, it was a clever way to turn the page and move on to other subjects in the album’s final tracks.
Every time it feels like this battle should be done with, Drake wants reaffirm his status as the top two. The early reactions to the new project are mostly positive, so maybe Drake can focus on that win rather than trying to keep winning a beef that has already been decided.