Behold, the process that turns subliminal footnotes-required disses into actual disses, courtesy of apparently feuding rappers Drake and Common. Text first, then audio. Be prepared to be bowled over by how utterly real all of this is.
First came Common’s track “Sweet,” with a verse nigh-confirmed to be about Drake, specifically him being soft and/or singing, but one that doesn’t actually mention him:
Some ho ass n—-s
Singing all around me man, la la la
You ain’t muthafucking Frank Sinatra
Next came Drake’s verse on “Stay Schemin’” from Rick Ross’s Rich Forever mixtape, which is maybe-sorta-well-in-context-anyway about Common:
I just ask that when you see me, you speak up ni—a, that’s all
Don’t be ducking like you never wanted nothing
And lastly: Common’s “Stay Schemin’” remix, which contains the conveniently-quotable line “make no mistake, I’m talking to Drake” and proceeds more or less along those lines, except with more disses per square foot than anything else we’ve mentioned. But the realest thing here? That was Drake’s name! Right there on the track, in an unprecedented move! Such high stakes, so plentiful issues. Truly, this is one for the history books, a beef that’ll remain every bit as monumental in 2020. Sigh.