Kanye Posted Drake’s Address Online And This Beef Has Officially Been Reignited
One of hip-hop's most bitter feuds has spectacularly exploded.
In the early hours of this morning, rapper Kanye West escalated his seemingly endless beef with Drake by posting the location of the man’s house.
Perhaps such behaviour could have been predicted. There’s always at least one wild Kanye story that accompanies the release of a new album, and just when we thought the whole “Kanye’s living in a stadium” factoid couldn’t be topped, here he comes to leap over expectations.
This latest fracas between the two superstars is the result of a bar that Drake contributed to colleague Trippie Red’s new record Trip At Knight. On the track ‘Betrayal’, Drake raps about, “All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know/Forty-five, forty-four (burned out), let it go/Ye ain’t changin’ shit for me, it’s set in stone.”
Shortly thereafter, Kanye posted a snapshot of a groupchat that presumably included Drake, in which Kanye added Drake’s longtime rival Pusha T to the track before posting a photograph of Joaquin Phoenix in his role as the joker. “I live for this,” Kanye wrote. “I’ve been fucked with by nerd ass jock n—s like you my whole life. You will never recover. I promise you.”
That’s where the details of Drake’s living situation come in — shortly after posting and then deleting that groupchat screenshot, Kanye then posted (and again deleted) a map to Drake’s house.
A Brief Timeline Of The Kanye And Drake Rivalry
This is a rivalry that has now been going on for over a decade. Back in 2008, the two were friendly, with Drake freestyling over several Kanye bars, and proclaiming his love for the rapper. “Kanye West shaped a lot of what I do, as far as music goes,” Drake told the press. “I had the utmost respect for Kanye West. I’d even go as far as to say he’s the most influential person as far as a musician that I’d ever had in my life.”
Two years later, Drake was spotted with Kanye’s ex, Amber Rose, fuelling rumours that the pair were attached. The year after that, Drake began talking about Kanye not as an inspiration, but as a rival. “My goal is to surpass everything he’s accomplished,” Drake said. “I don’t want to be as good as Kanye, I want to be better.”
Around the same time, Kanye’s colleague and friend Pusha T began taking shots at Drake, sparking a spin-off feud that would culminate in Pusha T releasing ‘The Story Of Adidon’, a single about Drake’s “secret son.”
That in turn led to rumours that Drake and Kanye were feuding, though the latter figure tried to talk up their friendship. “They always be trying to pit n–gas against each other and it ain’t going down no more,” Kanye said during a live performance. “So, tonight, it ain’t none of that. We love Drake, we love every motherfucker that put their heart into this motherfuckin’ music.”
Things Heat Up
By 2016, rumours began to swirl that Kanye and Drake were ready to release a joint record together, speculation heightened by a photo posted to Instagram of the two together. But by two years later, no album had materialised, and Kanye began taking public pot-shots at his one-time potential collaborator. In the song ‘No Mistakes’ off Ye, for instance, Kanye cryptically rapped about a competitor many assumed was Drake. “Too rich to fight you/Calm down, you light-skinned,” Kanye rapped.
Wilder still, further rumours began to gather steam that Kanye was the one who told Pusha T about Drake’s son. Kanye denied that it was him, even tweeting out an apology to Drake over the diss track. “There should have been no songs with my involvement that had any negative energy towards you,” Kanye tweeted.
But the truce was short-lived. Shortly thereafter, Kanye fired off a number of tweets in which he claimed Drake was trying to seek clearance for his song ‘Say What’s Real’ and that Kanye had been “trying to meet” with Drake for six months. Some time after the Tweetstorm, Kanye revealed that Drake had finally called — but that the former rapper had refused to give the latter clearance.
So there you have it: a long and complicated story that shows no sign of slowing down.