Drake called the song March 14 because that’s the day he wrote it…according to T Minus.
Scorpion is Drake’s 5th solo album (or 7th, depending on what you classify ‘album’) and it was delivered on 29th June 2018.
At which point, according to DJ Akademiks, Drake’s response to questions raised in Pusha T’s scathing diss track were to be revealed: The truth about his son (including the abortion tweets, and if Drake was planning to reveal Adonis as part of an Adidas Press Run) and accusations that Drake parades his Dad around media events in ‘Steve Harvey’ suits as a way of reaffirming his own validity in the Hip Hop culture.
Why Drake waited until June 29th to respond is unclear, but probably because a) having the narrative unfold in the album helps to sell units, and b) because any high-quality material written during album creation time will be wasted if released elsewhere.
Drake allegedly told Akademiks over a private phone call there would be no Pusha diss track on his Scorpion album, which was true. Drake’s decision to avoid giving a direct account for his absense in regard to parenthood goes far beyond rap beef. If we believe Akademiks, the root of Drake’s silence was inspired by a need to protect.
“A Place of No Return”
It’s been alleged by Akademiks Drake had to remove himself from the situation with Pusha because he was heading to “a place of no return.”
A place of no return isn’t a reference to street-level violence. Champagne Papi is inferring the vitriol in the lyrical exchange between Push and himself was heading to realms more personal than he was comfortable with; that this beef could extend beyond the limits of acceptability in regard to the things expressed about his son, Adonis.
“I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world / I was hiding the world from my kid.”
– Drake lyrics, from ‘Emotionless’, track 4 off of Scorpion.
There is a high probability the positive results of the paternity test stopped Drake firing back at GOOD music and dragging his son’s name through the mud.
Also important here is the consideration of the rumour that explains how Pusha T got the information about Adonis. Apparently it came via the Adidas team who are in dialogue with both Kanye and Drake for both of the rappers’ shoe lines. If the story of someone at Adidas leaking news of the alleged son to ‘Ye is factual (and that ‘Ye subsequently gave the story to Pusha T) it means that ‘Ye indirectly supplied the silver bullet for Pusha T’s cocked point 38 of a diss track.
When did Drake get the positive results of the paternity test?
The explanation for the title ‘March 14‘ (the confessional song from Scorpion where Drake reveals he’s fathered a child) is unlcear. If this wasn’t the day Drake received the positive results of the paternity test, what does it refer to?
One clue from March 14 that helps point to when Drake received confirmation is a line in the song where he says he discovered and celebrated the results of the paternity test in Miami. When was Drake in Miami? February 5th, while he was shooting the video for ‘God’s Plan‘* – meaning the discovery of his child may have happened just after the video for the song had been filmed and released.
However: Other references in the song suggest Drake knew about Adonis earlier than this. As asserted in March 14 where he raps about buying his son ‘like 20 gifts’ and bringing him to meet ‘St Nick’ it suggests that Drake knew about the child a month or two prior to the God’s Plan video being released (the God’s Plan video was filmed February 5th and released February 16, 2018 – the references to Christmas suggest Drake met his son in November/December – a month or two after the infant was born). Perhaps Drake visited Miami at an earlier time though – to carry out research for the video, for example?
If Drake suspected he was the father of Adonis from as far back as December, how long was Pusha sitting on the revelation? Did he know prior to releasing ‘Infrared‘? Who else close to Pusha knew – was Kanye, for example, aware, and was he the one who alerted Pusha to the child’s existence? If Drake was aware of the child prior to March then what does the song title signify?
Why is the song where Drake talks about his son, the confessional album-closer, called March 14?
March 14 was the date when Drake flew over to Wyoming to meet Kanye West and help record his new album ‘Ye, for which Drake has been added as a co-writer on one of the songs, ‘Yikes’.
Is the title of the song then a shot at Kanye? A coded reference, perhaps, to the time when Drake disclosed sensitive information to Ye, who in turn used the knowledge as ammunition against Drake when he relayed it second hand to Pusha T. Perhaps Kanye did this in retaliation for being called out in the ‘Duppy Freestyle‘. Did Ye also share personal secrets with Drizzy that could’ve ended up in Drake’s ‘too-brutal-to-be-released’ response to Pusha T? Perhaps we’ll never find out.
Coincidentally March 14th was also the day where Drake played the popular online first person battle game Fortnite with pro gamer and streamer Ninja. Difficult to see this as the inspiration for the title of Drake’s song, though.
* (The theory about the God’s Plan lyrics and Drake’s son’s full name is one that seems unlikely taken at face value. One ‘fan’ has claimed Drake actually confirmed his fatherhood in January 2018, but this rumour has been disproved: With his release of ‘God’s Plan‘, Drake raps the lyrics “I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry”. Someone alledged Drake’s son is called ‘Adonis Mahbed Graham’, which would change the lyrics to “I only love Mahbed and my momma”. This was just an idea invented for the post to go viral, however, and isn’t true.)
What’s next in the Drake beef timeline?
We don’t think the release of ‘Upset’ (prior to Pusha dissing Drake on The Story of Adidon) was any form of coincidence in regard to how the album’s narrative was intended to unfold. Unfortunatly for Drake Pusha beat him to the finish line with the big reveal. Either way…the story of Addonis was one hell of an album promo for Drake’s new release.
Drake, Upset – The Degrassi video.
Scorpio (star sign):
Scorpios are known for their calm and cool behaviour, and by their mysterious appearance. People often say that Scorpio-born is fierce, probably because they understand very well the rules of the universe.
Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled as this develops!
Canada Dry: A History of Drake Beefs
Aristo, Chris Brown, Common, Tyga, Meek Mill, Pusha T, Joe Budden, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris, Tory Lanes, Kid Cudi
Drake and Chris Brown
June 2012: Drake was romantically linked to Chris Brown’s ex-girlfriend Rihanna as far as back as ‘Fireworks’ from his debut album, Thank Me Later (‘who knew lucky strike would have you stuck with me?’).
Later that year when the two rappers ended up in the same New York club it didn’t go cordially.
Drake sent Chris Brown a note, the story goes, and from there a fight broke out.
The story of the note was never confirmed but in April 2013, in an interview with East Village Radio, Aubrey Graham had this to say about Breezy:
“His insecurities are the fact that I make better music than him, that I’m more popping than him.
And that at one point in life the woman that he loves fell into my lap.”
Drake and Common
December 2012: In late 2012, Common released The Dreamer/The Believer, his ninth studio album.
The fourth song, Sweet, in particular, gained the attention of Drake fans. Sweet was Common in full battle mode, taking subliminal shots at Drake and calling him soft (indirectly).
Drake responded: “If Common got something to say, say it to my face” during a live show in Las Vegas.
Drake took the opportunity to respond on the track Stay Schemin’ with Rick Ross and French Montana, after Common confirmed during a radio interview that Sweet was indeed about Drake.
After which Common remixed the track Stay Schemin’, calling Drake out by name.
Drake and Tyga
2013: Drake and Tyga were under the music label YMCMB at one point.
Back in 2009, the pair featured on YMCMB’s song Bedrock alongside Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and a few years later in 2013, Drake’s song The Motto.
But apparently, Tyga never liked the Toronto MC. Tyga said his relationship with Drake was forced, in an exclusive interview with Vibe magazine.
“I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me.
We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together.”
Drake responded by liking Tyga’s ex-girlfriend Blac Chyna’s Instagram photos.
Compton born rapper Tyga later went on to release Make It Work, which was aimed at Drake. Drake responded on 6 PM in New York (“Calling my name on the world’s stage…you should act your age not your girl’s age”).
Drake and Meek Mill
July 2015: “Stop comparing Drake to me too… He don’t write his own raps!”
Meek Mill claimed Drake had used a ghostwriter called Quentin Miller on his album, via Twitter.
Funkmaster Flex, the Hot 97 DJ supported Meek Mill’s claims by releasing audio of Quentin Miller performing Drake songs from IYRTITL (2015’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late).
In response, Drake released a diss song, Charged Up.
Four days later came another diss track aimed at Meek Mill, Back To Back, mentioning Meek’s relationship with Nicki Minaj:
“Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?”
The next day, Meek Mill released his response, Wanna Know, which received a lukewarm response.
Drake has had that many run-ins with other rappers that many often forget about.
Joe Budden, P. Diddy, Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Ludacris are just a few other artists who have had differences with Drake in the past.