The Pusha-Drake Beef And WHY It Was Needed

The Pusha-Drake Beef And WHY It Was Needed

Rap always needs a good feud, and here we are with a great feud.
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Rap is a genre known for its conflicts over the years; the infamous Biggie and 2pac rivalry, Ja Rule and 50, the great Nas/Jay-Z feud, etc. Rap is known for the animosity that can exist, but rap has been starved of a true conflict for a while. Yes, Drake went after Meek Mill for a tweet, and some rappers have proceeded to feud with old enemies in the past, but those dissipated quickly or ended with one song. Even the Drake/Meek Mill feud started over Meek tweeting something that turned out to be true. Now? We have a legitimate rap feud that we have not seen in a long time; Pusha-T and Drake.

For those who do not know, these two rappers began to feud following the release of Pusha's album "Daytona," which contained the track Infrared. The track went after Drake (and others), so Drake dropped two songs; Duppy and I'm Upset. While one was good, the other was... meh. Drake attacked Pusha's music, alleged drug dealing, and name-dropped his fiancée. Then? Pusha responded with "The Life of Adidon," where Pusha made MANY claims regarding Drake being in absentia, going after one of his producers, etc. It is what rap needed.

The genre NEEDED beef of this magnitude. Rap was built on the backs of rappers that were intrepid and bold, not afraid to take on anyone they see as competition or disrespecting their name. This was seen with Nas and Jay-Z, Biggie and Pac, and can definitely be seen now in just how upfront Pusha is about the animosity. There were no limits for either song. Despite being petty at times, fans love a feud; it gives them a chance to represent their favorite artist, which has boosted album sales in the past.

Furthermore, this gives us some insight into how artists may view one another; Drake, for example, also took shots at Kanye in his song, stating that he essentially helped ghostwrite some songs and that he was stunned that he had to do anything of that level to assist Kanye. Pusha CLEARLY does not respect Drake. They provide us with insight into rapper emotions and thoughts. Plus, some quick freestyle disses are always fun, especially ones where both parties appear to be so angry and hostile to one another.

Another thing; this is pop rap's undisputed king. And he got attacked mercilessly twice. He went after his attitude, his production team, his ghostwriters, his father... He even has cover art of Drake posing as the Sambo caricature, which apparently is real (!!!). Proper context or not, all of this will combine to sting Drake HARD. Social media loves stuff like this because it can be easily disseminated. None of it looks good.

At the end of the day, rap beef is fun. Social media has made it more fun, since this information can be disseminated rather rapidly. This is the perfect feud; a guy at the peak of his fame versus a guy who, while being talented, has never gotten as much love. A guy with the lyrical ability and audacity to go after one of pop's heavy hitters. Watch this space, since this might just evolve into a war.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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Kim Kardashian West: Attorney At Law

People are underestimating her, much like how Warner Huntington III underestimated Elle Woods.

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If you've been paying attention to social media, then you may have noticed the little announcement that Kim Kardashian West is participating in a 4-year law apprenticeship with the intention of taking and passing the bar by the end of it. Yes, you heard that right. THE Kim Kardashian. Armenian bombshell, reality show star, businesswoman, and most importantly, the most famous crying meme you'll ever see around.

I'll be honest with you, I don't particularly like the Kardashians. I used to watch their show religiously, but then they got super into promoting appetite suppressants and waist trainers in their social media and I wasn't about that unhealthy body-image life and I stopped following them. However, I do have a certain level of respect for her and how good of a businesswoman she is, because as much as people hate her, they can't deny that she has an empire built around her, no matter how superficial and expensive it is.

Beyond all of that, a lot of my respect for her comes from her and her husband Kanye being loud and unsubdued voices on Criminal Justice Reform. Many people have heard about Kanye's unabashed support of Donald Trump, but putting those feeling aside (however hard they may be), much of what Kanye has done by schmoozing up to Trump, is bring attention to the bigger picture of our broken justice system.

Back to Kim, in May of 2018, she went to the White House and spoke to Trump about prison reform as well as the possibility of pardoning Alice Marie Johnson. One week after her talk with Trump, Johnson was pardoned from a life sentence and was set to be released from prison after serving about two decades for a first-time drug offense. It was this instance that really drew Kim towards law.

This past week, Kim announced that she was going to become a lawyer and since then I've heard many jokes and comments about her and these particular ambitions. These comments mostly come from people who are not of color. These comments come from people who don't understand the hardships that this justice system imparts disproportionately against people of color. These comments come from ignorant people, but I get it. I was taken aback by it too. However, she is using her money, name, and fame to do some really necessary good in this world and for that I applaud her.

So join me in welcoming and wishing her the best at using her fame for something good. Kim Kardashian West, Criminal Justice Advocate and Lawyer.

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