Those were some of the many questions that circulated online on Wednesday, after a clip of Hot 97 radio host Ebro Darden relaying a conversation he supposedly had with Drake was posted online.
“I told Drake that the rumor was that Eminem was gonna come up to gear after him,” Ebro said. “And he laughed, and he was like, ‘That’s not gonna happen.’ He was like, ‘He’d never do that. And if he did, I got something for him, too.’”
Many outlets and fans on social media took the report as canon (it’s worth noting, too, that Ebro claimed earlier this year that Drake and J. Cole would be heading out on tour together this summer; Drake and Future are currently two weeks into their 59-date tour).
The statement, though, was a bit curious. Where was the initial rumor of the Eminem dis coming from? Why would Em emerge from his hiatus just to dis Drake?
Granted, a few years back, both on “Talkin’ 2 Myself” and in an interview, he did admit that he considered coming at people at the top of the game — at that point, Lil Wayne and Kanye West — for the attention that they were getting. That, of course, never happened because he reconsidered.
Now Drake occupies that spot, and Marshall, the rumor went, was ready to take aim.
Shady’s longtime manager, Paul Rosenberg, acknowledged the rumor yesterday as it continued to spark Twitter conversations and create headlines.
He also retweeted a post from 2009, where Drake sang Em’s praises.
Ebro, too, seeing the firestorm his words had caused, backtracked last night.
This morning, Drake was the latest to dismiss the idea that there would be a musical feud between him and Eminem, posting a picture on Instagram with the caption, “If they don’t have a story these days...,” which is a line from his Views track “9.”
The full lyric? “If they don't have a story these days, they’ll make one.”