You’re not supposed to punch down, but Drake has managed to look pretty presidential while doing so. Though Meek Mill continues to throw shots his way while on Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour, the OVO boss has more or less won the rappers’ beef in the court of public opinion. Now, there’s a bit of data to that effect: Billboard reports that Drake’s “Back to Back,” a diss song dropped on Soundcloud in the middle of the night, sits at #21 on their singles charts. It would be impressive in any event, but it’s a bit of salt on the Philly rapper’s wounds considering it’s higher than any Meek Mill single currently on the charts. His collaboration with Minaj and Chris Brown, “All Eyes on You,” currently sits at 43. Coincidentally, it’s his highest-charting record to date, having previously hit…the 21st spot.
In his defense, Meek’s sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, topped the charts the week of its release. However, it was that LP’s rollout that sparked the feud; when Drake failed to tweet out a link to purchase Dreams, Meek called him out for employing ghostwriters, specifically for his verse on “R.I.C.O.,” but also on his solo work. Quentin Miller, an Atlanta artist who later admitted to being on a $5,000-per-month retainer, but claims he was always properly credited for his bars, became a focal point of the beef. Several reference tracks surfaced, including those for “R.I.C.O.,” “10 Bands” and “Know Yourself,’ the latter two being from Drake’s platinum-selling If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.