July 22, 2015 6:11 pm
Updated: July 22, 2015 10:05 pm

Toronto city councillor starts Twitter war with Philadelphia rapper

Meek Mill performs at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta in 2013.

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TORONTO — City Councillor Norm Kelly has upped his street cred by starting a Twitter war with hip hop artist Meek Mill on behalf of Canadian rapper Drake.

READ MORE: Meek Mill accuses Drake of not writing his raps

The battle began when Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, 28, tweeted some negative comments about Drake on Tuesday night, for allegedly not tweeting out the release of his album. He then asked fans not to compare him to the Toronto native.

He said he would not have collaborated with Drake on “R.I.C.O.” for Meek’s album Dreams Worth More Than Money if he had known that Drake didn’t “write that verse.”

Drake has remained unusually quiet on the issue, but Kelly stepped up to the plate on his behalf — telling Meek Mill he’s no longer welcome to Toronto.

Meek Mill was quick to respond Wednesday, referring to Kelly as a “white man” and a “thug” and questioning why he would have the “audacity” to call him out for voicing his opinion.

Hip hop magazines picked up the story around the world and Kelly’s tweet has been retweeted more than 60,000 times.

Meek Mill will perform with Nicki Minaj in Toronto on July 28, but Kelly clarified that he wasn’t telling the rapper not to come.

With files from John R. Kennedy

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