New reports cast doubt on the idea that the Scorpion track was seen as a response to Pusha T’s diss
When Drake released his latest album Scorpion last week, it included “March 14”, a song that directly addressed the rumours that he’d fathered a son in secret. Those rumours came to light thanks to Pusha T’s merciless diss track “The Story of Adidon” – but according to a new report from Rolling Stone, “March 14” may have been written first, and Pusha might have got his intel from Drake himself.
The Drake/Pusha beef has been ongoing for years now, but was reignited recently when Pusha released the Daytona track “Infrared”, which never mentioned Drake by name but which nevertheless questioned the rapper’s ability to write his own songs. Drake retaliated with the track “Duppy Freestyle” the next day, warning: “Don’t push me when I’m in album mode / You’re not even top five as far as your label talent goes.”
Pusha’s response was “The Story of Adidon”, which took things up several levels. Pusha not only unearthed a photo of Drake in blackface for its cover, he also alleged that Drake had fathered a lovechild, which prompted people on Twitter to ask a simple question: just where was Pusha getting all this information from?
Rumours swirled that Drake was sitting on another, career-ending diss track, but it never came out. Instead, he released a video for “I’m Upset” that featured a Degrassi cast reunion, and the beef seemed to have been squashed, at least for the time being.
Drake did eventually respond to the rumours on Scorpion’s “March 14”, but it wasn’t a Pusha diss. Instead, it addressed the fatherhood rumours directly, with Drake rapping: “She not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine... Single father, I hate when I hear it / I used to challenge my parents on every album / Now I’m embarrassed to tell ’em I ended up as a co-parent / Always promised the family unit / I wanted it to be different because I been through it, but this is the harsh truth now.”
Did Pusha’s track cause Drake to hastily rewrite parts of his album in the run-up to its release? Maybe not. Rolling Stone’s report interviews a few of the producer’s involved in Scorpion, and they all concur that Drake wrote “March 14” months earlier. Drake reportedly did fly to Wyoming to visit Kanye West while he was working on a slew of albums including Daytona, and he may have played Kanye an early version of the track, which is where Pusha got the information about the kid that he’d use against Drake.
“I’m assuming (Drake) called the record ‘March 14′ ’cause that’s when he did the record,” says T-Minus, who co-produced the track. Drake has previously named tracks after the time and place that he recorded them, such as “4PM in Calabasas” and “5AM in Toronto”. Lending credibility to this claim is the fact that on the actual March 14 this year, Drake played Fortnite with popular streamer Ninja, which was watched by over 600,000 people. At the end of the session, Drake said he had to pack for a trip, with later reports stating that he was in Wyoming, where he may have played the then-new song to Kanye. (Drake has a writing credit on ye track “Yikes”).
“I wonder what if Pusha T never would have put out that diss – how much more of an impact would this song have had?” asks producer-guitarist J. Valle, who worked on “March 14”, in the article. “He’s the bad guy now. He ruined how I could have taken in my favorite artist’s life-altering moment.”
Then again, a TMZ report with the headline “Drake gets former porn star pregnant” first circulated in May 2017, so Pusha’s claims weren’t exactly coming out of nowhere. That article also explicitly states that the woman pregnant with Drake’s child is French, which would explain the “border patrol” comment in “The Story of Adidon”. What do you believe?
Listen to “March 14” below.