From there, entourage members on each side began chirping at one another on social media, as certain an indication as any that shit was getting actual. Longtime Kanye confidant Don C took a jab at Drake’s new Nike sneaker on IG, prompting Drake’s loyal muscle Chubbs to answer, “See us exterior.” (Drake, cryptically, additionally jumped into the fray with laughing and blind man emojis.) Rick Ross, who has labored with each artists, mentioned “I like it” of the meat in an look on SiriusXM’s The Mike Muse Present, and added that Drake shared a cryptic textual content with him.
“He mentioned, ‘All the pieces is unfolding. I am about to be as free as a fowl.’ And he put the caption with the owl,” Ross says. “And I simply, I could not do nothing however put ‘Hahahaha’ as a result of to me, I perceive the genius to each of those artists, and I perceive that is nothing private to them. That is two ranges of creativity inspiring one another.”
Drake then introduced the dialog again to wax (and talked about West by title) in a verse on Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal,” launched on August 20. “All these fools I am beefin’ that I barely know/Forty-five, forty-four, let it go/Ye ain’t changin’ shit for me, it is set in stone,” he says, alluding West and Pusha-T’s ages, in addition to the incessant hypothesis over launch dates. Kanye collaborator Consequence responded particularly to those bars on Twitter, writing “Fuck a Betrayal. It’s the Disrespect for me dawg.”
Then, as they so usually do, things got nuclear in the group chat. On August 21, West briefly shared a screenshot of his cellphone on Instagram, particularly a 9 member group textual content that featured Pusha-T and other people by the initials J, M, B, V, F, B, T—and, most significantly, D (thought broadly to be Drake himself).
West posted an image of Joaquin Phoenix because the Joker, and wrote, “I stay for this. I’ve been fucked with by nerd ass jock n***as such as you my complete life. You’ll by no means get well. I promise you.”
A number of days later, on August 23, West appeared to really go “Joker mode” by sharing what gave the impression to be Drake’s Toronto handle in an Instagram put up he finally deleted. The Canadian rapper downplayed the leak by posting a video of himself chuckling on Instagram later that evening.
Essentially the most constant high quality in regards to the DONDA rollout has been West’s propensity for tweaks, so don’t be shocked if he provides extra gas to the fireplace in brief order. As for Drake? His 2018 report Scorpion was loaded with lyrics many thought took Kanye and co. to task, and he’s by no means shied away from provocative lyrics that ship the music web right into a tizzy.
Since we’ve heard little or no of Licensed Lover Boy—however we all know it’s “cooked”—the looks of any Kanye-related lyrics referencing the occasions of the previous few weeks would suggest that Drake went again to the studio to replace it. Kanye’s focus, in the meantime, is seemingly on placing collectively a spectacle for his newest present. Pusha-T has remained silent on the matter—however, it ought to be famous, he’s additionally ending up his personal album. Three years in the past he was the match that sparked Kanye and Drake’s chilly conflict right into a full on inferno. He’s simply certainly one of a number of wild playing cards that might make this weekend memorable someway.
There’ll inevitably be one other chapter within the storied Drake-Kanye rivalry, and each events are absolutely hoping the animosity fuels the form of gross sales spike West and 50 Cent loved all these years in the past. However West received that battle with a convincing victory. If the 2 albums do go head-to-head this weekend, it’s unclear who will emerge victorious this time round.