By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
When rap beef turns very religious, literally. Pusha T dropped “Exodus 23:1” earlier this week, pissed off Lil Wayne and since then the internet has been abuzz with pondering the biblical verse (which has trended on Twitter) behind the song. The Chapter is understood to be laws from Moses to the Israelites but based upon the translation, the actual verse differs slightly.
The American King James Version says, “You shall not raise a false report: put not your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness” while the New American Standard Bible cites the passage as “You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.”
Coupled with lyrics like, “Contract all f—ed / Explain up I guess that means you all f—ed up / You signed to one ni— that signed to another ni— that’s signed to three ni— / Now that’s bad luck,” this seems a definite diss from Pusha towards rapper Drake. Young Money head Lil’ Wayne took no time to respond to Pusha’s alleged attack and succinctly tweeted, “Fuk pusha t and anybody that love em” on May 24.
Drake released his own religious rap earlier this month with “Amen” from Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 2. Although a love song, Drizzy drops the line “And good ain’t good enough, and your hood ain’t hood enough” which could be seen as a threat against Pusha and a dig against G.O.O.D. Music.
This is the latest in a string of back-and-forth jabs between Pusha, the Clipse and Lil’ Wayne, stemming back to 2006. Last year, it seemed that all was well when Pusha told Complex that the beef was over. “Ever since Lil Wayne went to jail, that whole little stint is really dead and over with. I don’t have any ill words towards Wayne, Cash Money, or any of them,” he said. “There was definitely a time period when I felt a certain way [about him] but as of right now I don’t. That’s just where I once was. I don’t even like speaking on it. [On my mixtape Fear of God], I actually said, ’They had freed Weezy, congratulations.’ When I seen Wayne in Miami, I told him, ’Congratulations on getting out of jail.'”