Drake and Future just finish a four-date stop in New York City for the Summer Sixteen Tour, and as you probably know, Drake caused a bit of a stir with a freestyle at Madison Square Garden.
“They telling lies on Hot 97, that’s how it goes / I told ’em fire Funk Flex and then I’ll do your show / Plus, me and Kanye just got out the studio / My first night in the Garden, feeling like D Rose.”
Drake and Funkmaster Flex of New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97 have been going back and forth since allegations that Drake uses ghostwriters first came out last year. There’s also been talk of a rap battle between Drake and Eminem, that was fueled by Hot 97 morning show host Ebro Darden. The majority of Drake’s wrath, though, has been aimed toward Funkmaster Flex.
Flex has given a response of his own, revealing that a video recorded during Drake’s first visit to Hot 97, featuring a BlackBerry-assisted freestyle, was not supposed to be released to the public. “I see through you. And that’s why you so angry,” Flex said on air.
Drake hasn’t responded, but he did hang out with rival station morning show host Charlemagne Tha God during his last night in New York.
Drake’s beef with Funkmaster Flex is just one of many rapper versus radio station feuds though, both recent and historic. Check out a history of rapper and radio beef below.
Jay-Z vs. Funkmaster Flex
In 2015, Funkmaster Flex also went off on Jay Z, dissing his website Life + Times and saying his Samsung app, which released his 2013 album Magna Carta… Holy Grail to Samsung customers, was a stolen idea:“Your website’s trash. Y’all can’t move with me in this digital space. Maybe if y’all copies everything I was doing with the app, your app wouldn’t have crashed the day your album dropped,” Flex said on air. “I let you live in this town, don’t think I can’t ruin you.”
Birdman vs. Power 105
Earlier this year, Birdman stopped by the other New York radio station, Power 105, and had some choice words with the morning show The Breakfast Club.
Morning show hosts Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee never did find out what caused Birdman’s now infamous rant, but he did issue an apology, saying he would come back and talk to the show.
Ariana Grande vs. Power 106
Okay, so Ariana Grande isn’t a rapper, but she did take issue with some remarks made on a hip-hop radio station, so close enough. During a promotional tour last year, in which Grande was promoting a then new single and television show with Scream Queens, she was met with questions that had nothing to do with why she was there.
LA’s Power 106 afternoon DJs, Justin Credible and Eric D-Lux, asked Grande what she could last longer without: Her phone or makeup. Her response was playful but determined, saying, “You need a little brushing up on equality.”
The DJ’s took the hint that maybe their questions were a bit shallow, asking Grande what would be one problem in the world she would like to fix. But the damage was already done, as she called out misogyny, racism, and playfully pointed specifically to one of the DJs, “We’ll start with you, though.”
Nicki Minaj vs. Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg
Hot 97 was yet again in hot water in 2012, but this time Funkmaster Flex wasn’t the culprit. Peter Rosenburg, a morning and late night show host on Hot 97, made comments about Nicki Minaj during Summer Jam a couple years ago, an event Minaj was set to perform at.
“I know there’s some chicks here waiting to sing ‘Starships’ later, I’m not talking to y’all right now, [expletive]. I’m here to talk about real hip-hop s***,” Rosenburg said to the crowd.
His remarks caused Nicki Minaj and all Young Money-affliated acts to cancel their performances. It wasn’t until a year later that the air was cleared, with Rosenburg explaining that his reason for the rant was because he holds Minaj “to a higher standard.”