Pusha T has teamed up with Arby’s to release a track dissing McDonald’s and its beloved sandwich the Filet-O-Fish.
“I’m the reason the whole world love it/Now I gotta crush it/Filet-O-Fish is shit and you should be disgusted,” Pusha T raps. “How dare you sell a square fish asking us to trust it/A half slice of cheese, Mickey D’s on a budget?”
“Arby’s Crispy Fish is simply it/With lines ’round the corner we might need a guest list/Exit stage left the sandwiches taste fresh/A little cube of fish from a clown is basic,” he adds in the track. “Say less, the argument is baseless/Drowned in tartar, that Filet-O-Fish is tasteless.”
Pusha T’s decision to collaborate with a fast-food chain in order to go after a competing fast-food chain may seem a bit strange, but the rapper has had beef with McDonald’s for quite some time now.
In 2003, Pusha T wrote one of McDonald’s most famous jingles, “I’m Loving It,” later claiming that he did not see any publishing royalties from it.
McDonald’s actually ran the marketing campaign with Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé singing the jingle, giving Pharrell co-producing credit.
In a 2016 interview, Steve Stoute revealed that Pusha T had actually written the slogan and jingle for McDonald’s, which explains the track’s line, “I’m the reason the whole world love it.”
“I am solely responsible for the ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ swag and the jingle of that company,” Pusha T said in an interview with Rolling Stone released Monday.
“I did it at a very young age at a very young time in my career where I wasn’t asking for as much money and ownership. It’s something that’s always dug at me later in life like, ‘Damnit, I was a part of this and I should have more stake,” he added.