Meek Mill is officially the punching bag of hip-hop—which is a particularly bad gig, even for a punching bag.
In the summer of 2015, the “hard” Philly rapper was rap-pummeled by a half-Jewish Canadian former fake paraplegic. After Meek Mill mistook Twitter for the proper medium through which to accuse Drake of using ghostwriters, the Toronto native fired off two diss tracks. Meek Mill was promptly abandoned by the entire rap community, including his superstar girlfriend, Nicki Minaj, who couldn’t even be bothered to salvage a few verses from her trash folder to help her boo piece together a clap back.
Much like Britney Spears trying to come back at Beyoncé’s VMAs, or Odell Beckham Jr. attempting to avoid Lena Dunham, Meek just can’t seem to catch a break. Back in January, 50 Cent and Meek Mill, two men who often brag about their experiences getting caught in real gunfire, “Traded shots and memes online.” For a gangster rapper, Meek Mill has been unmanned more than once by a well-timed meme.
This week, The Game jumped into the virtual fray. Newly viral videos from a Miami club gig show the Compton-born rapper challenging Meek to some good old-fashioned fisticuffs. “I just wanna beat that n*gga ass for a good time,” he says. “When you see me n*gga, square up. It don’t gotta be about no guns, n*gga. Fuck Meek Mill.” While rappers have been known to beef from time to time, it’s rare to see an artist threaten someone with physical harm for no real reason.
Following their feud, The Game and 50 Cent reportedly extended their olive branches at a strip club. In a post-strip club reconciliation interview, 50 Cent revealed, “I always said I didn’t understand where [the feud] came from.” It’s funny to imagine The Game waking up every morning, cranky and a little bit peckish, and randomly selecting a new nemesis from a stack of bedside mixtapes. Then again, this scenario is probably less hilarious to Meek Mill, who has inexplicably found himself on the wrong side of The Game’s ire.
Later on in the Miami concert, The Game inched toward a possible explanation by alleging that Meek Mill is a snitch. This accusation paved the way for “92 Bars,” the latest entry in the emergent hip-hop sub-genre of Meek Mill diss tracks. In the new song, The Game raps, “Ever since that n*gga snitched on me we just don’t speak / See that shit you got with Drake is like a slow leak / Blood will be dripping like Niagra if I poke Meek / Nicki won’t get no sleep I’m coming through at 4 a.m. / 4 deep and leave a dead body on the sheet.” It doesn’t take a Rap Genius annotation to figure out that Meek Mill’s probably going to spend the next few weeks hiding deep in Nicki Minaj’s walk-in closet. The Game also took this opportunity to broadcast how he’s been “wanting to give Nicki this pool stick.” If Drake couldn’t win Nicki Minaj over by buying out an entire 7-Eleven, The Game should probably reconsider his courtship technique.
While no one seems to really know what Meek Mill snitched about, Meek’s alleged breach of confidence might be tied to a June attack at an L.A. nightclub. Because this entire story was written by a rap game random name generator, the club incident revolves around Sean Kingston getting smashed in the head with a bottle and then robbed of a $300k chain. According to TMZ, Game believes that “Meek dropped a dime on him to Kingston’s people,” telling the “Beautiful Girls” singer that The Game’s crew was somehow involved in the jewelry janking.
There have also been attempts to connect the still-developing Meek Mill beef to a shootout that occurred just hours after The Game’s club performance. After calling Meek out onstage, Game and his entourage were targeted by passengers in a convertible Ford Mustang. His manager told TMZ that The Game wasn’t actually in the white Mercedes-Benz that the assailants mistakenly shot up, so the rapper was ultimately unharmed. The brewing Meek Mill feud is likely just a coincidence; fans familiar with The Game’s busy beef schedule were quick to point out that Stitches, a Miami-based rap foe, is more likely to be the failed criminal mastermind behind this drive-by.
So far, Meek Mill has only offered one, vague response to his impending ass-whupping—an Instagram post captioned, “We ain’t rapping famhandle ya biz…I love this shit lol.” Given the fact that the “Legal issues” section of The Game’s Wikipedia page is even longer than Meek’s, it’s unclear what exactly Meek Mill is laughing about. Or in the consistently terrifying words of The Game’s diss track, “You know I snap you like a toothpick.”