Famed rapper Drake once claimed that one of his diss tracks was inspired by Serena Williams’ rivalry with Maria SharapovaThe Canadian, who is rumored to have dated Williams in the past, released two diss tracks named “Charged Up” and “Back to Back” in 2015. While both songs were aimed at fellow rapper Meek Mill, the latter was supposedly inspired in part by the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s rivalry with Sharapova.
Drake discussed his diss tracks while appearing on the Rap Radar podcast in 2019. Speaking about “Back to Back”, the Canadian claimed that he wanted to make another track after “Charged UpAnd then I’d made the decision that I was gonna to go again. I remember I was working on some beat, I think it was a boy wonder beat or something, and it was kind of more like ‘rappy.’ It was gonna be another 100 bar thing,” Drake said.
The rapper further said he was with Serena Williams back then and that the two spoke a lot about the American’s rivalry with Maria Sharapova. Drake also stated that Williams encouraged him to finish his second song, which was released on July 29, 2015.
I was with Serena at the time. And we had been talking a lot about her and [Maria] Sharapova going back and forth over the years. And she had made this comment to me and she was like: ‘Well look, if you’re gonna go again, you gotta finish it,'” Drake said