Following a pair of diss tracks aimed in Meek Mill‘s direction, the Philadelphia rapper finally fired back at Drake Thursday night with his hard-hitting “Wanna Know,” where he continues to hammer Drake for allegedly relying on ghostwriters. On the Jhalil Beats and Swizz Beats production, which features a sample from WWE wrestler the Undertaker’s intro gong, Meek Mill dishes more ghostwriting jokes, a reference track for a rhyme Drake supposedly used as his own and even unearths a five-year-old rumor about Drake getting urinated on at a movie premiere.
The song was posted on SoundCloud accompanied by a photo of Drake Photoshopped onto a Milli Vanilli member’s body; that’s more ghost-singing than ghostwriting but the intention is clear: Meek Mill is saying Drake is getting famous off someone else’s talent, and “Wanna Know” reiterates that point.
“You really sweet, I call you buttercup / You fucking dork, you changed the style because you studied us / Coming with the same flow / Switching up your lingo / We just want a refund, this ain’t what we paid for,” Meek Mill says on the track. “I just wanna know, I just wanna know / Was it Quentin Miller? Was it Hush or was it Detail where you really got your flow,” listing three of Drake’s potential ghostwriters.
Throughout the beef, Meek Mill has maintained that Drake has been employing Miller as a ghostwriter, including for Drake’s guest verse on Mill’s “R.I.C.O.” While Miller has denied that he’s writing for Drake, Mill’s “Wanna Know” sneaks in a snippet of a “Know Yourself” reference track featuring Miller delivering the song’s notable chorus “Running through the Six with my woes.” “I just wanna know, if you ain’t write that running through the Six shit / Tell us who the fuck was Quentin running through the Six with,” Mill asks.
While most of Meek Mill’s accusations are pretty straightforward, one lyric especially caught the ear of listeners: “You let Tip homie piss on you in a movie theater, nigga, we ain’t forget.” After baffling the Internet for a few hours, Ozone Magazine chief Julia Beverly revealed the rumored incident that inspired the line.
“Drake got peed on by TI’s drunk friend Cap at the Takers premiere in Hollywood. (or so I heard from reliable sources),” Beverly tweeted. “Story I heard: Cap was fresh out of the Feds & drunk during the premiere, peed in the aisle & on Drake. He got clowned for not reacting.” However, a search of the major photo agencies could not corroborate that Drake even attended the Takers premiere in 2010. As is some corporations’ wont, Cineplex Movies got in on the track, asking Drake on Twitter, “Not in our theatre tho, right?”
Mill’s “Wanna Know” created a firestorm on the Internet Thursday night, but it appears the diss track— with its partially indecipherable flow and lack of memorable punch lines — largely backfired on the rapper, as everyone from politicians to athletes to corporations to upset wrestling fans began firing back at the rapper. “Meek Mill take it from us – if you gonna serve beef serve it high quality,” Whataburger’s Twitter posted, knocking the track.
On Wikipedia, an intrepid editor briefly changed Meek Mill’s page to note that the rapper died on July 30th after hanging himself in a Toronto hotel room following the negative reaction to “Wanna Know.” Mill’s middle name was also changed to “BodiedByASingingNigga,” a line from Drake’s “Back to Back” diss track.
Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, who pissed off Meek Mill’s manager earlier this week after a series of tweets, responded to Meek’s line, “Y’all gonna have to give me a check to stop,” by doing just that. The athlete took a photo of himself writing a check for $150 with the caption, “Cool. Deposit $150 please now stop.”
Perhaps the harshest criticism, though, came from Toronto councilor Norm Kelly, who defended the city’s favorite rapper by poking fun at the low quality of Mill’s response. “This is the reason people hire ghostwriters. #WeDidntWannaKnow,” Kelly tweeted of the diss track. Even Ja Rule – mentioned in the “Wanna Know” outro for his own beef, “This that Ja Rule shit and 50 Cent” – chimed in on Instagram, “Which one supposed to be Ja Rule??? #Over30millionrecordsSOLD #IwriteallmyShit.”
However, Drake had the coolest response to yet another attack in his direction by simply posting a photo of him laughing at something on his cellphone, insinuating what he thinks about “Wanna Know.” Perhaps intentionally, the photo of Drake comes from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans when the rapper was sitting just two seats away from Meek Mill and one seat away from Diddy, who was also sampled in “Wanna Know.”