Pusha T’s lyrical assault “Exodus 23:1” has stirred the pot. It’s certainly gotten the attention of Lil Wayne, who returned serve with the sneering “Ghoulish” as well as Toronto rap heartthrob Drake. But according to the track’s producer Rico Beats, he had little idea that the song was going to be directed at the Young Money crew.
“Honestly, when we were in the room listening to that record, I didn’t hear none of these guys’ names brought up,” Rico told MTV News of Pusha T’s brazen statement. “It was none of that. Dream got in his zone and he went in the booth. Pusha got his pen, like I didn’t hear nobody mentioned.”
As for the verbal onslaught, it’s not hard to see what all the fuss is about. Those who have been following their ongoing beef saw Drake and Weezy as the main targets of the ominous cut. Before Wayne’s lyrical comeback, the YMCMB general even hit up Twitter to proclaim, “F*** pusha t and anybody that love em.”
On the track, the Clipse rapper spits, “You signed to one n****, that’s signed to another n****, that’s signed to three n****s now that’s bad luck.”
Wayne took immediate offense to the song, tweeting, “F*** pusha t and anybody that love em,” and firing back with his dis song “Ghoulish” two days after.
But before making the beat for “Exodus 23:1,” Rico says that the only instruction he received from Pusha was to create something dark, a direction that led him to snatch bits of Notorious B.I.G.’s “What’s Beef.”
“Pusha kept tellin’ me, ‘I need something dark, man,’” Rico said. “The album sounds crazy, but I still need somethin’ for my fans’. So I was like, I got you, give me by six o’clock. I went down to the studio and I was just listening to Biggie. I was just playin’ pure Biggie. So ["What's Beef"] came on and once I heard [B.I.G.'s] ‘ha-ha-ha-ha’ [vocal] I was like, ‘Oh s***.’”
Weezy’s “Ghoulish” diss was a bit more direct, with nod to Birdman and Pusha’s 2002 single “What Happened to That Boy.” (“Brrrr, what happened to that boy/ He was talkin’ s*** we put a clappin’ to that boy”).
As for the Weezy track, the Brooklyn born Rico says he hasn’t heard a complete version of the song. He is set to produce half of Pusha T’s upcoming solo album.
—Keith Murphy, CBS Local
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