Most Shocking Reveals on ‘Scorpion’ – Drake’s New Album – Breaking Records
Jay Z mentioning XXXTentacion at the end of his verse on Talk Up doesn’t make his verse acceptable. I expected better.
— KEVOBAND$ (@KevoBands) June 29, 2018
Jay-Z and Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013, have been feuding for some time, with Zimmerman in December 2017 threatening to “beat” Jay-Z and feed him to an alligator after a production team working for a documentary produced by Jay-Z sought interviews and footage from Zimmerman’s family, according to The Blast.
But there’s more. Jay-Z also throws shade directly on President Donald Trump and, according to some, indirectly on apparent Trump supporter Kanye West.
Here’s the first portion of the sequence, from the Drake track “Talk Up”:
“I got your President tweetin’, I won’t even meet with him.”
This line references Jay-Z’s dispute with Trump after Trump’s infamous “s—thole countries” remark disparaging African nations in January 2018.
Went the remark went public, Jay-Z, in a CNN appearance, called out Trump.
“Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people and he’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” Jay-Z said.
The day after, Trump tweeted, “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”
Anyway, back to the verse on “Talk Up.” In the very next line after the Trump/Kanye diss, Jay-Z seems to call out the “streets” for killing XXXTentacion:
“Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live. Streets is done.”
XXXTentacion, whose given name was Jahseh Onfroy, was 20 years old when was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach on June 18. Born in Plantation, Onfroy spent part of his teen years in Lauderhill before moving to Parkland after achieving success. Fans and the larger music world largely called him “X”, given the widespread confusion about how to pronounce his stage name.
In other XXXTentacion news, his mother Cleopatra Bernard posted a photo of her son’s final resting place on Saturday.
In other Drake news, the Toronto rapper was seen celebrating the release of “Scorpion” with an entourage of 50 at a Miami nightclub over the weekend.
News Source: refinery29.com, sun-sentinel.com