Pusha T 'bullied' Drake into 'being a dad', says Internet as Canadian rapper's son Adonis comes into limelight
'You are hiding a child, let that boy come home,' Pusha T had rapped in 'The Story of Adidon' in 2018
Drake sent his fans gushing over his three-year-old son when he went on stage to accept the Artist of the Decade award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. However, the Canadian rapper sharing the limelight with his son also fueled several jokes revisiting his beef with fellow rapper, Pusha T.
Drake's son Adonis, whose mother is French model and painter Sophie Brussaux, couldn't have looked more adorable in his red plaid shirt and Air Jordan sneakers. However, he seemed rather unimpressed by the pomp and commotion as he held the award while Drake gave his acceptance speech. Drizzy was applauded by his fans for embracing fatherhood, but others harked back to his feud with Pusha T.
Drake confirmed he had a son in response to Pusha T's diss track
Pusha T had released a diss track calling Drake out as a deadbeat father after rumors surfaced that the latter had secretly fathered a child with an alleged "former French porn actress." Drake wouldn't confirm nor deny the rumors, causing Pusha to rap in 'The Story of Adidon' in 2018:
"You are hiding a child, let that boy come home/Deadbeat mothaf**ka, playin' border patrol/Adonis is your son and he deserves more than an Adidas press run, that's real Love that baby, respect that girl, forget she's a porn star, let her be your world."
Eventually, the beef led to Drake's 'Scorpion' album confession:
“Look at the way we live/I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid/From empty souls who just wake up and look to debate/Until you staring at your seed, you can never relate," the 'Hotline Bling' star rapped.
Drake and Brussaux were spotted together back in 2017 and things became heated between the couple when TMZ reported that Brussaux received a text from Drake where he asked her to have an abortion. But despite their co-parenting getting off to a bumpy start, the outlet later reported that there was "zero drama" between Drake and Brussaux and they were handling it quite well.
Nonetheless, fans couldn't help but notice that Adonis was too thrilled to accompany his father to the dais. “Y’all was talking bout how Drake was hiding his kid from the world meanwhile Adonis don’t wanna see y’all," one fan joked, referencing the Pusha T and Drake beef.
“Drake holding a crying Adonis would make for an epic diss track cover. If only Meek and Pusha still had it out for him," another added. "Pusha T really bullied this dude into being a father," one user quipped. "Y’all need to thank Pusha T for making this moment possible," another wrote.
"Anytime Drake and his son go viral, so does Pusha T. This is what winning a rap beef looks like in the modern era," a third chimed in.
Drake holding a crying Adonis would make for an epic diss track cover. If only Meek and Pusha still had it out for him. https://t.co/NLa744TKNv— theycallmecas (@theycallmecas) May 24, 2021
Pusha T really bullied this dude into being a father https://t.co/WmaJCV4yT1— J (@gaidenchapter) May 24, 2021
Y’all need to thank Pusha T for making this moment possible. https://t.co/oaRerqmTfq— Big Lord Bunny Rabbit (@cee_pain) May 24, 2021
Anytime Drake and his son go viral, so does Pusha T. This is what winning a rap beef looks like in the modern era. pic.twitter.com/3JXmOLeKY5— Drew (@drew420690) May 24, 2021
Origins of the feud
The feud with Pusha T originally started in 2011 over shots fired at Lil Wayne, and then Drake took over the baton and started firing back at Pusha T. Things got uglier and more heated with the release of progressively harsher diss tracks. Pusha T called out Drake for using ghostwriters like Quentin Miller on his new album 'Daytona'.
Drake pushed back less than 24 hours later with his own version of the story. “And as for Q, man, I changed his life a couple times /(N-word) was at Kroger working double time / Y'all acting like he made the boy when I was trying to help the guy / Yeah, who gassed you to play with me? / Man, you made this s**t easy as ABCs / Whoever supposedly making me hits, but then got no hits sound like they need me / My hooks did it, my lyrics did it, my spirit did it.”
People like Nicki Minaj also rallied to Drizzy's defense, but it was clear to see things had gone sour. Things went completely off the rails when Pusha T released 'The Story of Adidon' that revealed to the world that Drake had a son called Adonis.
"I bowed out after realizing that the gap between us allowed him to drop a bomb on the world," Drake admitted in 2019. "I sleep well at night knowing I didn't get out-barred. I didn't get, you know, doned off by some crazy song. It was just, you know, he told the world that the biggest artist at the time has a kid that he hasn't told you about. I knew kind of, for me, it was over at that point. It wasn't even about battle rap."
When asked at the time if he and Pusha T would ever settle their differences, the rapper said, “I have no desire to ever mend anything with that person.” That said, it's unclear if the two rappers ever reconciled.