Meaning of Kanye's 'on GD' explored as Drake diss goes viral

Eve Edwards September 5, 2021
Meaning of Kanye's 'on GD' explored as Drake diss goes viral

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As two of the most prominent and influential rappers in the game, Drake and Kanye West continue to prove beef comes with the territory.

Drake and Kanye celebrated back-to-back album releases, with DONDA arriving on Sunday, 29 August and Certified Lover Boy the following week on Friday, 3 September. But these release dates weren’t selected by chance, rather they’re part of an ongoing and escalating feud between the two.

Following the release of Drake’s Certified Lover Boy (CLB), the Toronto rapper decided to leak an unreleased diss track from Kanye’s DONDA. This track, Life Of The Party, has left fans confused, particularly over one line about Drake. Let’s take a look at what Kanye said on Life Of The Party.

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In the early hours of Saturday morning (4 September 2021), Drake was hosting a guest mix on SiriusXM’s Sound 42 radio. Drizzy was there to promote CLB, but couldn’t help stirring the pot.

During his show, Drake premiered Kanye and André 3000’s Life Of The Party. The track was previously played at private DONDA listening parties before Drake leaked it.

The song features direct jabs at Drake with Kanye addressing the group chat debacle that occurred last month.

At one point Kanye West spits: “Thought we was the new Abu Dhabi/Told Drake don’t play with me on GD and he sent that message to everybody/So if I hit you with a ‘WYD’, you better hit me with, ‘Yessir, I’m writing everything you need.’”

The Abu Dhabi line is in reference to a 2016 stunt that hinted at a Drake and Kanye collaboration. A billboard was erected stating: “Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi.” The poster included the logos of Kanye’s label G.O.O.D. Music and Drake’s OVO Sound.

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What is the meaning of ‘on GD’?

  • Either ‘on God’s’ or ‘on Gangster Disciples’

The one line from Life Of The Party perplexing rap fans is where Kanye says: “Told Drake don’t play with me on GD and he sent that message to everybody.”

Chicago rap fans will know what “on GD” means, given it’s a reference to one of the city’s most notorious gangs.

GD stands for Gangster Disciples. Gangster Disciples are infamous in Chicago after being founded in the city in the 1970s. The leaders of two groups, the Black Disciples and Supreme Gangsters, joined to form GD.

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This isn’t the first time Kanye West has referenced GD. He claimed “all my homies GDs” on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s See Me Now.

Fans have been split over the meaning of Kanye’s Drake diss, mainly over whether he was referencing the Chicago gang or God.

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Eve Edwards is a staff writer for The Focus who has been with GRV Media since April 2019. Having gained a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, Eve joined GRV starting out as a writer for Reality Titbit before making her way over to HITC. With a passion for music, TV, and cultural news, Eve eventually found a home at The Focus. Eve spent 2021-2022 freelancing for GRV Media while she completed a Masters in Music Performance, and brings her wide array of interests to the company in her written work. In Eve's spare time you'll find her working her way through the day's Wordle, Heardle, and Quordle, or struggling to complete The Guardian's cryptic crossword.