During his appearance on Drink Champs, Wayne showed just how much he’s in his own world, sharing things like believing 21 Savage was a group and not knowing the labels of Quality Control and Top Dawg Entertainment. Wayne and N.O.R.E. also reminisced about being featured on Clipse’s “Grindin'” remix.
Shortly after sharing this track, Wayne’s relationship with the Clipse—specifically Pusha-T—went sour. Wayne compared hearing the news of Pusha’s first diss track to that of an athlete being blindsided by a trade.
“[Wayne’s friend] was like, ‘What you gonna do? You gonna come back at Pusha?'” Wayne recalled. “I’m like, ‘What you mean? I’d love to do a song with him.’ He like, ‘Nah he dissing you now.'”
Pusha has never disclosed the true root of his issues with Wayne. As a result, this led to a lot of origin stories as to why Push has been going after Weezy. The most popular (and most entertaining) theory is that Pusha-T is mad at Wayne for wearing BAPE.
Pharrell, the Neptunes, and the Clipse are often credited for introducing hip-hop to BAPE clothing. The Clipse combined their love for streetwear with hard lyrics focused on their drug-dealing past. For Tha Carter II, Wayne took a similar approach. He started adding more drug dealing metaphors in his music and wore streetwear brands like BAPE.
The best example of Wayne’s transition would be “Hustler Musik” and its accompanying video.
It is believed that the Clipse thought Wayne was trying to take their lyrical style and appearance. They responded by releasing the single “Mr. Me Too” with a video that made sure to feature a lot of BAPE.
The idea of Pusha-T holding a grudge over a BAPE hoodie adds an odd hint of humor to the beef. And as frivolous as this sounds, the origin of the Wayne/Pusha=T beef could be even pettier. During an appearance on Complex’s Full Size Run, Currensy claims that Wayne and Push’s problem is a simple misunderstanding that he possibly created.
Before becoming an independent juggernaut, Spitta was the first artist signed to Wayne’s Young Money imprint. During this time, Currensy introduced Wayne to the world of streetwear. This included BAPE, Pharrell’s Icecream and BBC labels, and other brands.
“I never thought about that until this year,” Currensy said at the episode’s 8:22 mark. “They was mad with that dude for BAPE, and I’m the one who told that dude to get that. So I was like, ‘Don’t be mad,’ like motherfuckers thought shit was dope. [Wayne] wasn’t ignoring their existence, he just did not get it, he didn’t get it from them.”
Despite this, Pusha-T and Wayne traded disses before Drake inherited the beef. The feud came to a head when Pusha dropped “The Story of Adidon,” which forced Drake to take the L.
But back to Wayne. His focus on music is keeping him on track for another No. 1 album. According to Billboard, Funeral is expected to be Wayne’s fifth No. 1 album, forecasted to tally over 115,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 6.