Today, my rap oblivious friend who once told me she couldn’t name one single Drake song, asked me if Young Thug and Future “shot each other,” because she had read that there was a feud between the two on Twitter. Laughing to myself and simultaneously clutching my heart, I began thinking she does have some grounding in this question: Rap feuds once stoked their fires with coastal wood, aligning themselves for safety and reassurance. In the year 2015, “shots fired” come in 140 characters—and the two teams are 10 paces apart with pistols drawn. Of course we can be thankful that rap feuds don't so commonly wield bullets anymore.
This spat started when Metro Boomin accused the rap world at large for producing too much music at the cost of quality. Thugger then retorted asking for him to name names, and things have uncomfortably escalated from there as rap-lovers watch on in horror refusing to pick sides. Then to complicate things more, Future has stood by his man’s side and thrown shade at Thugger. It’s like watching your parents get divorced--there’s no allegiance to be made.
When Meek Mill and Drake famously battled earlier this year, the whole Twitterverse followed in toe waiting for Toronto actor turned rapper to basically smash Mr. Mill with another banger--and he succeeded--it is now in fact “his girl’s tour” that he is on. Though here I find myself genuinely torn; I'm not cheering on either side. In fact, I want them to sit down at the table together and eat their Twitter beef bourguignon together in a peaceful meal where they maybe even end by clinking cups of sizzurp.
The consumption of music has totally transformed, and frankly, the artist that doesn't put out gets dumped like the plot of a bad teenage movie. Of course quality is going to suffer, but we as consumers remain engaged with the artist as they fine tune and start to slough out banger after banger as both Thugger and Future have come to master. So please, Thugger and Metro Boomin’, why not settle this with a mixtape?
by Rachael Dimit (@rachel2d2)