The Clipse, and Pusha T in particular, are known for their constant barrage of bars featuring the sale of cocaine.
In an interview with Vlad TV, the Clipse's former manager Anthony “Geezy” Gonzalez, a drug dealer starting at age 15, explained that the exploits the brothers Thornton rapped about were really his exploits.
"I'd say a lot," he said, laughing, when Vlad asked him how many of the drug bars on The Clipse debut album Lord Willin' were about him. "I'd say 90, 95 percent."
According to Gonzalez, the bros wouldn't' ask him specific questions, but rather they would just listen to how he talked.
"They never had to ask me about no idea off of what they have seen,” Gonzalez said. “But, I remember a couple of times it was a rap back in the day and me and him were sitting there talking and I said to him, I made a statement, for every car I got add nine O’s. It was me just talking in general when I said that and he looked at me but he ain’t say nothing. Then I heard him say it in a rhyme, ‘For every car I add nine O’s.’ When I heard it, I was like, man I said that to him. He was good when it came to that type of stuff. But I never said, hey you said this I said that. I never had to. They saw what was going on."
Gonzalez's words seem to be in line with what Drake rapped in his Push diss "Duppy Freestyle".
"So, you don’t rap what you did, you just rap what you knew / Don’t be ashamed, it’s plenty n*ggas that do what you do / There’s no malice in your heart, you’re an approachable dude," Drake spit.