Drake has not been shy about his very public beef with fellow rappers Kanye West and Pusha T, yet the reasons behind the feud have always been somewhat murky.
Until now, that is, with Drake opening up about the origin of the feud, which he revealed during a chat with LeBron James and Maverick Carter on their new HBO series “The Shop”.
It all started, said Drake, when he “ended up linking with Ye and he sold me on this whole speech of, like, ‘I’m in a great place, I’m making money, and I’m a father and I want to be Quincy Jones and help you. But in order to do that, you gotta be transparent with me, and you gotta play me your music, and you gotta tell me when you’re dropping. And I know you don’t like to do things like that.’ And so, you know, I was in the studio. I guess we all kind of felt a genuine vibe from it.”
It was that transparency, however, that led to problems. “I’m in Wyoming [working with West]. I play him March 14. I send him a picture of my son. I tell him I’m having trouble with my son’s mother. We had a conversation” Drake added.
After filling in West on his planned rollout for his album Scorpion, Drake said he was surprised to see that releases from West’s G.O.O.D. Music were being timed within that same time frame.
“I wake up, and all these dates are out. One by one by one. All of them around June 15,” he said.
Even worse, one of these releases — Pusha T’s “The Story of Adidon” — specifically referenced the private information that Drake divulged to West about his son.
“The song, I thought was trash, but it was a hell of a chess move,” admitted Drake of “Adidon”, which sparked the back-and-forth between the artists.
Carter then asked Drake to confirm rumours that he recorded a scathing diss track about West that has never seen the light of day.
This, he said, is true, and he explained the song remains unreleased because it was simply too nasty.
“Yeah, because I got home, listened back to it, and I was like, ‘Man, this is not something I ever want to be remembered for. This is not even a place I necessarily want to go.’”
Meanwhile, Drake added that he’s no longer engaged in the feud — because he has bigger things on his plate. “I wanted to do other things,” he explained. “I didn’t want to further your reputation or your career by rapping back with you and having this exchange.”
You can watch a clip from Drake’s appearance on “The Shop” below: