Drake praises Pusha T’s diss track “chess move,” still thinks someone should punch him “in the fucking face”

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As with so many places where entertainment and emotion intersect, rap beefs exist in a weird, semi-real space. On the one hand, they’re pure marketing moves—a way for two performers to raise each other’s profiles, show off their lyrical cleverness, and hopefully sell a few extra albums. But they’re also often the expression of actual anger and hurt feelings, something driven home earlier this year, when the shoving match between Pusha T and Drake got a whole lot shove-ier with the release of “The Story Of Adidon,” Pusha’s scorched earth attempt to shame Drake for things like having a son he didn’t talk about (at the time), or a set of pictures he posed for in blackface (which served as the song’s cover art).

Drake notably ignored “Adidon” on his massively promoted, massively successful Scorpion, blanking the whole debacle amid various statements suggesting that the battle had been successfully quashed. Now, five months later, he’s finally getting into it, talking about Pusha T’s brilliant “chess move,” and how he still thinks someone should punch him in “the fucking face.”

This is per HBO’s new interview series The Shop, in which LeBron James and Maverick Carter got into it with Drake on the show’s second episode, talking about his son, his beefs, and the ways this is all—obviously—Kanye West’s fault:

It’s remarkably candid stuff, as Drake lays out a scenario in wh

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