Is Drake really suing Pusha T for $5 million? A report claims the rappers’ feud may move from the music world to the court room. Gossip Cop, however, can bust the flimsy tale.
As widely reported last month, Pusha T’s new album features some disses against Drake, which prompted Drake to release a diss track of his own in response. Pusha T then followed up with another song, one that accused his longtime rival of having a secret son. The feud between Drake and Pusha T actually dates back years, but in the wake of this latest back-and-forth, MediaTakeOut is claiming Drake has “just fired his first OFFICIAL shot at Pusha T.”
How so? “Pusha T will shortly be hit with a $5 million lawsuit. We’re told to expect the lawsuit any day now,” contends the site. It’s unclear how Drake has “fired his first official shot” if the supposed lawsuit has yet to be filed. But a so-called “top snitch” inside “Drake’s OVO camp,” referring to an old image of Drake that Pusha T resurfaced amidst their recent battle, alleges, “Pusha T is a dummy. He used that blackface photo for his album artwork, and he never got clearances. He’s going to have to pay.”
Actually, the controversial photo of Drake wasn’t used as “album artwork,” but as the cover image for Pusha T’s follow-up diss track, “The Story of Adidon.” If the “top snitch” can’t get the details right, it’s hard to trust the rest of the alleged source’s assertions. But the outlet goes on to claim Drake is now putting together a group of lawyers “to sue Pusha T — and force him to turn over somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million.” The online publication adds that his “team fully supports the legal move.” To date, though, all Drake has done is post a mock invoice on Instagram, in which he calls for a $100,000 fee for “promotional assistance and career reviving.”
And for his part, Pusha T has gone on record to say the feud is “over,” telling Vanity Fair in an interview, “These conversations have been had and, to my knowledge, it’s all over. It’s all over with.” Additionally, Drake’s mentor J Prince has explained to Billboard how he got Drake to drop the feud and refrain from responding with another freestyle. Referring to Pusha T initiating the recent dispute and what he advised Drake, Prince said, “It’s a pigpen invitation. You can jump in a pigpen and become a hog, or you can stay on solid ground and deal with the issue and keep moving on [with] your success. That was our decision. I told him, he heard me, and I’m thankful he listened to it.”
With all that in mind, why would Drake now reignite the beef by suing Pusha T? Gossip Cop is assured he wouldn’t, as a source close to him, who was not at liberty to speak on the record, says it’s “not true” he’s planning to sue. That said, if photographer David Leyes, not Drake, is the rights holder of the blackface picture in question, Leyes could arguably file a copyright suit. Indeed, Pusha T has already acknowledged that the photo was taken off his Instagram page due to alleged infringement, though it currently remains visible on his Twitter feed. Regardless, the MediaTakeOut story is specifically about Drake taking Pusha T to court, which Gossip Cop is told is highly unlikely to happen, particularly since their feud is very much off for the foreseeable future.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.