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Kanye West issues apology to Drake

If you’re a hip hop head, you already know about the beef between rappers Drake and Pusha T which shook the hip hop community, social media world and beyond at the end of May; for those out of the loop, the feud technically started (though it had been brewing for years prior between Clipse and Lil Wayne) with “Infrared,” a song from Pusha T’s 2018 album Daytona which took aim at Drake, Lil Wayne, Cash Money Records (and made mention of Quentin Miller, Drake’s purported ghost-writer).

The feud between Pusha T and Drake could fill (several) articles of its own, so let’s talk about where Kanye West comes into the current ordeal with Drake. West (along with rapper Rick Ross) produced Daytona off West’s record label, GOOD Music. Relations between Kanye and Drake had been good up until this point, with the two working together frequently and Drake even citing Kanye as the biggest creative influence for his music back in 2009.


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Drake responded to Pusha T’s “Infrared” with “Duppy Freestyle,” a song with bars aimed at Pusha T, Pusha’s fiance and Kanye West; the remarks made about his fiance incensed Pusha (a move Kanye has been revealed to see Pusha’s side on, despite the subsequent apology: “I understand Pusha’s issues as a man if someone mentions your fiancé men go mask off.”) and Pusha fired back with “The Story of Adidon,” a song which many fans believe won the feud (by exposing Drake had an illegitimate child he refused to take responsibility for and wore blackface in an ad campaign). J. Prince, CEO of Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records and early mentor to Drake advised Drake to squash the beef. He also discussed the matter with Kanye on the phone:

From the Sway in the Morning show:

“After speaking with Kanye, I spoke with the brother, and he didn’t want this. I saw this going to a place that I feel would have ended his career if Drake would’ve put out this song that he had on him,” adding, “And definitely would’ve hurt families and we’re not in it for that. That’s not Drake’s character to tear a man down to that extent.”

And just like that the beef was over. Or so we thought.

Recently, rumors came out that Drake’s latest album Scorpion contained bars which alluded to him sleeping with Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian West — rumors which Kim K. succinctly denied. And Drake has been firing off little shots ever since, perhaps trying to goad Kanye into retaliating. Instead, Kanye made a public apology to Drake via Twitter this morning:

Let me start by apologizing for stepping on your release date in the first place … We were building a bond and working on music together including squashing the issues with Cudi at our office.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

When I put the dates up I was a bit ramped up doing 25 tweets a day TMZ happened shortly after … I have to hop on the plane now… will type more when I land

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

plane taxiing for take off… because we spoke about doing Lift Yourself together I should have given you the opportunity for us to do this together before I released it

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

since we were building as friends and brothers I should have spoken to Pusha about the Quentin Miller bar. There should have been no songs with my involvement that had any negative energy towards you

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

I never listened to either diss track that followed but I did hear quotes from both songs after they were released

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

I did not have any conversations about your child with Pusha. I don’t play with the idea of people’s children after I spoke to Wiz a few years earlier.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

I understand Pusha’s issues as a man if someone mentions your fiancé men go mask off. I’ve done the same myself at times. I love you and I love Pusha and we all have an admiration for each other’s craft.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

This is all Jedi level. I will be coming to your show within the next seven days to give love and be inspired by the art you have created.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

This is all Jedi level. I will be coming to your show within the next seven days to give love and be inspired by the art you have created.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

How will Drake respond? Did he have a reason to go after Kanye in the first place? This comment from Reddit summates why Drake could be in his feelings regarding Kanye’s position in the Drake/Pusha T feud:

What do you think of Kanye’s apology? Should Drake continue firing shots or should he and Kanye squash their beef? Let us know in the comments.

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