Ever since Kanye West and Drake released their respective albums Donda and Certified Lover Boy, there have been overwhelming comparisons between the two records.
Everything you need to know about Drake and Kanye West's beef [Pulse Contributor's Opinion]
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This is because the feud between the two megastars reignited somewhere down the line as they were preparing to release their albums.
During the time when West was steadily delaying Donda release date, many presumed it was a deliberate move to let Drake announce his official release date first.
These assumptions were backed by a tweet from West's long-time collaborator and close affiliate, Consequence. In the tweet, which has since been deleted, the rapper directly claimed that they were looking to know Drake's release date.
“We looking for @Drake drop date. @THEREALSWIZZZ Line It Up!!! #DropYaLo,” read the tweet. Interestingly, Consequence tweeted the post just a day after Donda failed to release on the initially planned date of July 23.
Towards the end of July, Drake appeared on a Sound 42's Fri Yiy Friday episode where he announced that his album was finished.
"Album's cooked," he said before concluding with a subliminal seemingly targeted towards West: “Certified Lover Boy on the way, and that’s for anyone in the way.”
At this point, it was becoming crystal that the two hip-hop heavyweights were still not in good terms. West later hosted the second listening party in Atlanta where he played an updated version of Donda that included some added lyrics supposedly directed towards Drake.
On one of the tracks, West fires lesser direct shots towards Drake. “I can give a dollar to every person on earth, that’s gotta be God’s Plan,” he raps on Pure Souls featuring Roddy Richh.
But at the end of the Playboi Carti-assisted Junya, West addresses the release date issue while playing victim. “Move out of the way of my release/ Tryna get me off my Qs and Ps/ Why can’t losers never lose in peace? Ain’t nobody ‘round me losing sleep/ Better find God ‘fore he find me.”
Around two weeks later, Drake was featured on the expanded version of Trippie Redd's album, Trip at Knight, on the track Betrayal.
On his verse, Drake calls out Ye by his name, as well as referencing his age, and those of his associates, Pusha T and Consequence.
“All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know/ 45, 44 (burned out), let it go/ Ye ain’t changin’ s--- for me, it’s set in stone,” he spits.
In response to the diss record, West shared a group chat conversation where he talks about Drake where he says: “I live for this. I’ve been fucked with by nerd ass jock n****s like you my whole life. You will never recover. I promise you.”
A few days later, West went as far as sharing Drake's address to his Toronto residence, but he shortly deleted it. Drake reacted by sharing a video of himself laughing at West.
On his album CLB, Drake also took a swipe at Kanye several times including on the track 7AM on Bridge Path.
"That's why you buyin' into the hype that the press feedin' ya. You know the fourth level of jealousy is called media, Isn't that an ironic revelation? Give that address to your driver, make it your destination 'Stead of just a post out of desperation," Drake raps.
After releasing his album, Drake also leaked an unreleased track by West, where the Off the Grid rapper disses Drizzy.
Drake and Kanye West used to be cool, especially in 2009. But it is to be noted that before Drake signed a record deal with Cash Money and Young Money, Birdman and Lil Wayne, the respective leaders of the labels, had a long-standing beef with Pusha T who is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music label. The two camps had been dissing each other in interviews and songs since 2003.
Naturally, due to his close affiliation with Birdman and Lil Wayne, Drake's relationship with West was bound to be rocky.
Since early 2010s, Drake and West have had a frenemy kind of relationship until in 2018 when Drake and Pusha T's rivalry exploded and West was caught in the crossfire.
Among the back to back to diss tracks released by both sides, Push's The Story of Adidon made a lot of headlines because the former Clipse member exposed Drake for hiding a son he fathered with retired porn star Sophie Brussaux.
There were many speculations that West told Push about Drake's secret child, but West repeatedly denied the claims.
Do you think Drake and West will ever squash their beef?
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Timothy Mwachia is a young journalist interested in writing about entertainment and lifestyle. He has contributed news articles at Daily Rap Facts and The Dope Way and he's obsessed with knowledge - "I've got a thing for watching documentaries, reading and writing," he says.
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