Rick Ross’ long-awaited 10th album sailed into port August 9 to much hype, no thanks to Ross himself. The Maybach Music boss man had hip-hop heads’ excitement sky high when he revealed that he had put rap’s fiercest arch nemeses, Lil Wayne and Pusha T, on the same track for his latest studio effort. But then that excitement was completely dashed when the 15-track record arrived with Pusha T’s verse notably missing.
Hours later, Push’s verse surfaced from the depths of the internet, and it appeared to many that he was taking subs at Drake. It left fans with a lot of questions: Did Push pull his verse after hearing who else was on the track? Did Wayne kill it? Or did the 6 God himself intervene once he caught wind of it?
Rozay squashed the rumors on Hot 97 where he clarified that he took Pusha T’s verse off “Maybach Music” due to a change of heart at the last minute. The Rather You Than Me rapper told the radio show’s hosts that the timing didn’t feel right, and he wanted to bring Wayne and Push together more organically.
He concluded his sentiments on positive note, saying that he hasn't lost hope of musical reconciliation between the Young Money and G.O.O.D. Music factions.
"What's so dope about it, both verses were cleared by both parties," he explained on radio show. "It was more about the bigger picture. Is this going to move both of them getting together? I'll take the charge for that. I didn't feel like it was time for that."
Well, Pusha T is now weighing in on how he feels about the removal of his verse. Speaking with Joe Budden via phone on his The Joe Budden podcast, the DAYTONA rapper defended his verse. While he didn’t mention the now-infamous verse specifically, Push expressed no regrets at going as hard as he did.
“We here to rap, bro. That’s what I’m here for,” he declared.
"We already know that you can rap," Joe interjected.
"We all have to do what we do best," Push maintained. "I have to do what I do best, the next guy has to do what he does best. Come on. There's lanes for everybody."
When Joe offered that might be the reason as to why Push’s verse got left on the chopping block, Pusha didn’t budge from his stance.
"That's part of the game," he concluded. "At this stage in my career..hey man...HEY! HEY!"
Make of that what you will, but the ongoing feud between Drake and Pusha T is unlikely to end anytime soon.
Drizzy recently snubbed Push on “Omertá,” where he rapped “last year, niggas really feel like they rode on me / last year, niggas got hot ’cause they told on me.”
Hear Pusha T’s full sentiments on the situation at the 45-minute mark below:
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