Are Drake and Kanye West buddies, casual colleagues or “freinemies”?
The two hip-hop stars have collaborated numerous times over the year, but there have also been nuances differences between each other that make fans wonder if there is rivalry simmering below their general adulation of each other.
Most recently, it was revealed that Kanye West has created a remix to “All of the Lights” from his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. The remix includes G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam artist Big Sean as well as an all-new verse from Drake. A early version of “All of the Lights” dropped last fall which featured Drake, but the Toronto rapper was removed from the final version that appeared on the album.
When asked about his initial removal from the song, Drake’s answer was diplomatic but not necessarily enthused. “I feel like hip-hop is broad enough that we can both exist and give great music without feeling like it’s one or the other,” Drake told Shade 45. “I might be the only one that feels that way, though.”
In early January 2011, Drake took some playful jabs at Jay-Z and Yeezy when telling UK DJ Tim Westwood that he and Lil Wayne were working on a joint album.
In the August/September 2010 issue of Vibe Magazine, Drake’s longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib relayed a story about West cursing him out for “borrowing” his sound, which no doubt was a factor in the upstart rapper’s success.
In September 2010, Drizzy told Popeater that his music is “life driven” and inspired while Kanye’s raps are very “ego driven.” It seems like it was just a passing remark, but some took it as a shot at the Louis Vuitton done.
This is where we mention that Yeezy got denied at the front door of the Louis Vuitton runway show at Paris Fashion Week. Ouch.
But all this is chatter is moot since Kanye West and Drake aren’t the rapper beef types. The music they have recorded together—i.e. “Forever” with Lil Wayne and Eminem—and surely will continue to record together will carry a larger than life aura. Both have new projects due later this year—Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care, and Kanye West’s collaborative album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne—and a unified front would only be a win for listeners and hip-hop.