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SOTD: What would Meek do?

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Pusha T semi-recently dropped his album, DAYTONA, which was hyped up by Ye before all of his other projects dropped. This song was originally titled How Do You Respond and does just that. It questions how to react and respond to haters in the game. 

This song is dope because it has a concept and is a collab with Kanye. Pusha T raps about how he’s in the “top 5” in the rap game and “letting the jewels [...] talk,” while also hinting at his past life as a drug dealer. As the song title suggests, he also alludes to Meek Mill’s 2017 incarceration by pondering, “What would Meek do?”

Niggas talkin' shit, Push
How do you respond?
I'm top five and all of them Dylan
I am the hope, the dope dealers won
Price and the quote, the dope dealers want
Feds takin' pictures like it's GQ (GQ)
This Avianne collarbone is see-through
Angel on my shoulder, "What should we do?"
Devil on the other, "What would Meek do?"
Pop a wheelie, tell the judge to Akinyele
Middle fingers out the Ghost, screamin' "Makaveli" (come with me)
Hail Mary, the scale fairy
Two sides to every coin, so we bail ready (bail ready)
How do you respond?
I let the monies and the fools talk
I let the jewels and the hues talk
Watch face came with a fuse box (fuse box)
Chanel's on ya bitch
The coupe is 320, the roof's hit or miss
Murder on the highway, the news is at six
See I did it my way, the proof's in the bricks (woo)
Yeugh, smell it through the Tupperware (Tupperware)
Two can get you four like a double dare
I'm the king of the oven-ware (oven-ware)
You can piece the whole puzzle here
Niggas talkin' shit, Ye
How do you respond?
Poop, scoop
Whoop, whoopty-whoop
Am I too complex for ComplexCon?
Everything Ye say cause a new debate
"You see, he been out of touch, he cannot relate
His hallway too long, bitch too bad
Gotta surrogate his kid, get two dads"
I be thinkin', what would 2Pac do?
You be thinkin' what New Kids on the Block do
If you ain't drivin' while Black, do they stop you?
Will MAGA hats let me slide like a drive-thru?
That phone call from Ricky still hazy
When heaven got an angel named Avery
You gotta watch who you callin' crazy
Yeezy, the newest billion-dollar baby
It won't feel right 'til I feel like Phil Knight
Goin' for six rings like what Phil told Mike
Seven pill nights, who know what that feel like?
No more hidin' the scars, I show 'em like Seal, right?
How do you respond?

Kanye’s portion of the song is a bit different, but typical Kanye nonetheless. He responds to his recent spree of controversial comments. “If you ain't driving while Black, do they stop you?” asks Kanye, “will MAGA hats let me slide like a drive-thru?” It appears he’s wondering whether police have any patience for a black republican; does a bigot’s racism run deeper than their societal values? Perhaps Trump’s now-iconic red cap is the perfect litmus test. Granted, it’s unlikely that Ye will ever convince his ardent doubters that rocking MAGA is anything less than a betrayal. To be fair, it’s equally unlikely that Kanye particularly cares. He then gets talking about his unearthed opium addiction while citing the harm of “seven pill nights.” Though he did keep it a secret for so long, it’s great to see he can now be open about it and use it to draw strength from. He also talks on his future and goals of growing more successful and financially stable.

This is a great song off DAYTONA and I look forward to listening to more of Pusha’s album. So far so good. 

kk