The feud between Drake and Hot 97 is intensifying.
During the first night of the “Summer Sixteen Tour” at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Drizzy freestyled about the station and asked for Funkmaster Flex’s termination. On Saturday, Flex took to the airwaves to retaliate against the 6 God.
During a lengthy on-air rant in which he called Drake a “bozo” and a “punk,” the famed DJ said he was not in fear of termination.
“First of all, Drake, I’m not really worried about you making me lose my job,” he said. “Want me to tell you why? Seventy percent of your fans wear high heels. The other 30 percent are guys who wear sandals. I’m not concerned about you.”
He also revealed a couple of anecdotes about Drizzy, starting with the alleged backstory behind the “R.I.C.O.” reference track at the heart of Drake and Meek Mill’s feud. According to Flex, Mill felt some of Drake’s lines could have been subliminal disses.
“[Drake] lays the verse on the song,” explained Flex. “He gets pressed and questioned. His team, they punk-panic and give up the reference track to say, ‘Woah. He didn’t write it. This guy wrote it.’ That’s how that came about. And you know I know that story punk…You coughed up the reference track to not get pressed.”
Drake’s feud with Diddy also came up. According to Flex, the 6 God injured his arm thanks to a security guard and not as a result of his much-discussed altercation with Diddy. “You was wearing that sling because when Puff started wearing you out, the security panicked, yanked your arm almost out the socket and put you in that SUV. Do you remember that, bozo?”
But the stories went even further back. Later in his tirade, Flex also revealed that Drake’s camp encouraged the release of a 2009 video freestyle which showcased Drizzy rapping while reading his verse off of a BlackBerry phone. At the time, that was taboo in hip-hop and Drake was heavily criticized for it. Flex revealed that Drake rehearsed it with a phone and also kept the phone up during the official video.
“You wanted people to think that you write your bars,” added Flex. “You wanted people to think on that BlackBerry, those were yours, that you wrote that. You wanted to solidify that because you knew this day would come when people might see or question your pen.”
Drake appeared to respond directly to Flex at an after-party for the “Summer Sixteen Tour,” where he discussed the state of New York rap.
“When I say keeping New York music alive,” said Drizzy. “I don’t mean going and playing songs four weeks late and shit, trying to sound cool, late night, primetime on the radio, 7-to-9 o’clock talking all that bullshit. I mean shout out to the real DJs that know about the real music and shit like that. Shout out to New York City. It’s love, you already know. My name is Drake. I’m here to fuck with you tonight. Fuck the rest of that bullshit.”