This week was all about big releases. Drake released his first single (hopefully) from "Views From the Six," Beyoncé dropped a new single and video, and FX debuted a new show about an old case.
Drake releases "Summer Sixteen" + reignites feud
While Drake’s T-Mobile commercial aired during Super Bowl Sunday, it is what happened earlier in the week that had everyone buzzing. The Toronto artist took another jab at Philly native Meek Mill with his latest song “Summer Sixteen,” off his highly anticipated project "Views From the Six." It marked the next round of the battle, but while Meek unanimously lost the first round, he may have gotten the edge this time around.
Following the release of “Summer Sixteen” on OVO Sound Radio, Meek dropped his rebuttal “War Pain.”
Not only did the rebuttal come just 15 minutes later, but it also addressed some of Drake’s bar from “Summer Sixteen,” many of which were aimed at fellow Toronto artist, Tory Lanez. Lanez is a friend of Meek and collaborated with him numerous times, including on tracks like “Lord Knows” and “Fuckin With Me.”
While also from Toronto, Lanez separates himself from the Drake “6 God” movement due to his distain for the use of “6” is reference to Toronto. This led to Drake saying “You was never gang, gang, gang, gang, you was never one of us,” to which Meek replied, “Tory from the 6, you hatin' on him, Lord knows.”
Rumors swirled about how Meek knew about the diss and came back within 15 minutes addressing specific lines from the track.
According to Meek, he got a little help. Meek alleged it was “Drake’s ghostwriter,” but some fans pointed the finger at DJ Khaled, who could be heard at the end of “Summer Sixteen” but who also friend's with Meek Mill's boss, Rick Ross. Could the man with all the keys to success be trying to take some of Drake’s?
Beyoncé drops surprise song, video + Super Bowl performance, controversy
Although the world knew and was patiently waiting for Beyonce’s Super Bowl 50 performance, no one expected her to drop a surprise song and video for her new track, “Formation.”
The video is a racial mic drop in which she drowns atop of a police car reminiscent of scenes in Hurricane Katrina, sports an afro reminiscent of Black pride in the 1960s, and she shows a spray-painted wall with the words “stop shooting us,” a direct reference to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Beyoncé's outfit was similar to that of Michael Jackson in his 1993 Super Bowl halftime performance. The star stirred up controversy with her halftime show performance of "Formation." Critics said her dancers' outfits, berets and afros were too similar to the Black Panthers, especially in a photo taken where they all held up a fist. People also criticized the performance, calling it a political statement by the starlet.
Cam Newton speaks about being a black quarterback
Earlier in the week, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke about his position as a black quarterback. He talked about stereotypes associated with his position and the racial comments he faces. Despite his 17-1 record with the Panthers this season, Newton garnered criticism for "dabbing" after major plays. Super Bowl opponent Peyton Manning spoke out against the criticism in support of Newton.
FX debuts show about O.J. Simpson case
FX recently debuted "The People V. O.J.," a series starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson. The show is chronicled telling of the O.J. Simpson trial following the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. You can watch on FX on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.