Drake’s 35th birthday tour continues. When he’s not making mischief at Toronto Raptors games, he’s been busy with other ventures. Most recently, Drake partnered with the Ultimate Rap League to host a battle rap event in Long Beach.

Celebrated battle rappers like Loaded Lux, Tay Rock, and Calicoe competed in the competition. One battle rapper wasn’t happy about Drake’s involvement, though. Murda Mook expressed his displeasure after the event on Instagram Live.

“Y’all n*ggas aren’t going to make money like that, y’all bugging, stop it. This is supposed to be for us, our culture, we lit. Y’all n*ggas running in here talking about ‘Smack let Drizzy be him today.’ N*gga come to one sh*t ‘Yo you can be me.’ What? We just giving our sh*t up like that? Oh man, sh*t getting crazy out here.”

Mook and Drizzy were originally scheduled to battle all the way back in 2015. Drake broke out, though, and the battle never materialized. Since then, Drake has become one of the most famous rappers on the planet. Drake says he would’ve won easily.

Last year, Drake signed a long-term partnership with Caffeine to help promote the Ultimate Rap League to a larger audience. It is the world’s largest battle rap platform.

Drake released Certified Lover Boy on September 3, 2021. It quickly became a #1 for the Canadian star. The album has spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard’s top 200 album chart.

What do you think of Murda Mook trying to gatekeep Drake? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a writer for Ringside News and its sister pop-culture news site, Thirsty for News. He’s been a pro wrestling fan since he was old enough to talk, which places his origins as a fan back to WrestleMania 3. If you look closely, you can find him in his teenage form in the crowd during the 1998 King of the Ring and any number of ECW FanCam tapes. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. His writing experience includes work for 247Sports, F4WOnline, and a litany of completely random freelance copywriting and ghostwriting jobs. Michael is working hard every day to bring a little extra to the stories he tells. With a passion for pro wrestling and pop culture, he’s delivering the news with the context it takes to understand it. He believes the world of professional wrestling is one of the most fascinating cultural phenomena of all time and loves to weave together it’s past and present. In his spare time, Michael likes to torture himself as a University of Pittsburgh football fan, sample tasty beers, and pretending to be good at Rocket League.

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