by Desirae Lynch

Drake delivered a metaphorical K.O. to Meek Mill’s career this month with the release of his and Future’s collaborative mixtape, ‘What a Time To Be Alive’.

The project was hidden from fans until September 19th, a day before its release, and rose to the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart the following week. Stealing Meek’s limelight seems to be Drake’s thing lately.

Their mixtape comes after Drake dropped two diss tracks this past summer, both of which were in response to Meek’s ghostwriting accusations. The rumors only benefited the ‘Nothing Was the Same’ rapper, who saw hikes in both album and song sales, while Meek took a loss in both departments – something that was forewarned by Drake fans across virtually every social media site.

The added publicity seems to have done nothing more than spin the wheel of opportunity for a seasoned entrepreneur. Dedicated Drake fans who have been loyal since Degrassi days (who didn’t cry when Jimmy was shot?) have watched his increasing success, both within and outside of the music industry. He’s signed a number of endorsements with big-name brands, including Coca-Cola (Sprite), Kodak, and Virgin America, released three studio albums, and holds the records for the most number one hits on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. Let’s also not forget the 2013 deal with Jordan to create his own line of footwear, either.

It’s not far-fetched to assume, then, that anyone with a desire to not see their career slide down the slippery slope of 2007 Britney Spears-like destruction would want to be on his side. What are you doing, Meek?  Drake fans everywhere have taken heed. We see you, we feel sorry for you, and we want to stop the embarrassment. We’re willing to forgive and forget, and even have a four-step fast track for you to be back in the good graces of the 6 God himself:

            •           Kindly accept your defeat

We get it. We really do. Drake doesn’t tweet your album. You get upset. You make accusations. You think you can out-diss him. You lose. The first step of grief is denial – we can all agree you’re there. Now help us help you find acceptance.

            •           Never, ever diss a lyrical genius again

Come on, Meek, this should’ve been covered in Rap 101. You and Drake are total opposites stylistically. There is a time and place for everything. The time and place to diss a rapper whose vocabulary and conceptualization skills could run laps around yours is never.

            •           Remove ‘Wanna Know’ from your musical repertoire

Right now and forever. Forget it ever happened. We will if you will.

            •           Pay homage when homage is due

Respecting those, past or present, who have paved the path you’re walking is a must if you don’t want your career trampled on and stomped out of existence. You’ve had enough close calls already. Give the man his credit.

            •           Realize the world is Drake’s Stage

And you’re just rapping on it.