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Kanye West Tweets Apology To Drake, Clears The Air For Pusha T Beef

When we last checked in on the lingering cold war between Kanye West and Drake, it was via a Chicago radio interview Kanye did last week. “It hits me in a really sensitive place,” he said about the perceived tension between the two, which had been agitated by Kanye’s close collaboration with Pusha T, with whom Drake engaged in a bitter feud earlier this year.

Ultimately, Kanye spoke of the pair’s relationship positively: “Look, it ain’t no beef. Ain’t nobody got beef.” This might be why the artist took it even further, hopping on Twitter early Wednesday morning (September 5) to formally apologize to Drake in a series of short messages.

Kanye produced six albums early this summer, including Pusha T’s Daytona and his own, Ye. Drake pushed his Scorpion album release date back from June 14 to June 29, after Kanye’s rollouts had wrapped. Here, Kanye also referenced his infamous and erratic TMZ incident from May where he called slavery “a choice,” a comment he apologized for in the same radio interview from last week.

Crucially, Kanye admitted that “there should have been no songs with my involvement that had any negative energy towards you,” referencing his work with Pusha T around the time Pusha’s Drake dis track, “The Story of Adidon.” That song revealed the bombshell that Drake has a son, which Drake later confirmed on Scorpion.

Kanye also said that despite his Pusha affiliation, he did not supply his G.O.O.D. Music collaborator with the information about Drake’s son. In 2016, Kanye briefly feuded with Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose on Twitter, eventually bringing their son into the conversation. (“I own your child,” Kanye tweeted before deleting.)

Kanye then punctuated his tweet-storm with a message of hope, making plans to see Drake’s new live show, which kicked off with Migos last month. “I will be coming to your show within the next seven days to give love and be inspired by the art you have created,” he said.

Does this mean we’ll finally get a Drake version of “Lift Yourself” sometime soon? That might be a little overambitious — but in the meantime, we’ll just have to wait and see if Drake accepts Kanye’s apology.

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Kanye West Gets Candid About The Cold War Between Him And Drake

Drake and Kanye West have been in a prolonged cold war ever since the release of Pusha T’s “The Story of Adidon.” The dis track revealed to the world that Drake had a son, and since then, Graham has been taking shots at Kanye. Recently, at the Chicago stop of the Aubrey & The Three Amigos tour, Drake rapped that “Kanye flopped,” adding to the long list of not-so-subtle shade. Finally, West responded this week during an interview on the 107.5 WGCI Morning Show.

“I was thinking just my mood, lik,e when we was talking about the Drake thing, like it hits me in a really sensitive place,” West told the hosts. “Cause you hang around people and they come to your house, be around your family and this and that, and then they get mad about a beat and they send purple demon emojis. I don’t play like that. I don’t play in that place. I don’t understand that. I’m not a gangsta like that. Look, it ain’t no beef. Ain’t nobody got beef. Ain’t nobody going to jail.”

As the conversation progressed, the Chicago mogul discussed where he thought Graham was insensitive and the idea of reconciling the relationship.

“We all got love for Drake,” he continued. “We understand that he got upset about it. I feel that it was insensitive for him in any way stress me out anyway after TMZ, while I’m in Wyoming, healing, pulling all pieces together, working on my music. You know, we’ll reconcile that one day, because we got to. Because we got work to do.”

In a Rolling Stone interview, Malik Yusef, a frequent West collaborator, discussed the potential of the Chicago artist hearing Drake’s “March 14.” Scorpion‘s closing track found Drizzy rapping about the experience of having his first child.

“I was not there, but I do know that story: [Drake] played early versions of those songs and so on and so forth,” Yusef said.

Kanye also denied any involvement in giving Pusha T information about Graham’s then-unknown child.

“No I didn’t,” West said emphatically. “Don’t pull me into this conversation. Like, I’m ‘Ye. I got major things to do other than to be telling him some information about Drake.

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Drake And Travis Scott Performing ‘Sicko Mode’ Is The Adrenaline Rush You Need

Drake wasn’t wrong when he told the world that La Flame was “in sicko mode.” Ever since that bold proclamation, Travis Scott’s Astroworld has secured the second-largest debut of 2018 on the Billboard 200, brought a thrilling theme-park adventure to the VMA stage, and given the Houston rapper the No. 1 album in the country for two weeks in a row. Thankfully, Scott returned the favor on Tuesday (August 21) by gracing the stage with Drake during the Aubrey & The Three Amigos tour’s first stop.

The audience at the Scotiabank Arena predictably went bonkers when Scott emerged to perform his verse. It also wouldn’t be a Travis show if he didn’t briefly bring the Canadian crowd to the rodeo. Before he left, the Houston artist performed his 2016 hit, “Goosebumps.”

Interestingly, Drake also took time out of his show to briefly discuss some of his political beliefs with the crowd. The Toronto rapper is generally apolitical in his music, which makes the few words he did share standout.

“I’m forever grateful, everywhere I go, I carry the values of this city with me,” Drake said. “Every night that I go and I do a show in America. I tell them, ‘This is how the world is supposed to work.’ You see, tonight, we got 17,000 people inside one building from all races, from all places, and all we are doing is just listening to music, and smoking and drinking — and enjoying our lives. And I want you to know that that’s something that I learned right here in Toronto.”

Preach, Drizzy, preach.

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Will Drake, Cardi B, Or Dua Lipa Win The VMA Song Of Summer Award? You Decide

There’s just a week to go until the 2018 VMAs, and all of your millions of votes are being tallied to determine which artists will take home a shiny Moon Person. But your job isn’t finished yet! Give those voting fingers a big stretch, because we’re revealing the nominees for one final category: Song of Summer, powered by truth.

Cardi B — who already racked up a whopping 10 nominations this year — now has two more to her name. “I Like It,” her smash with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, is up for the Song of Summer prize, as is her remix of “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5. Drake’s viral “In My Feelings” is also up for contention, but he’ll face stiff competition in Post Malone, Juice WRLD, and DJ Khaled. And on the pop front, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” is a strong contender, as is Ella Mai’s inescapable “Boo’d Up.”

Voting for the tournament-style Song of Summer opens this week on MTV’s Instagram Stories. The first round takes place today, the second round on Tuesday, and the third round — featuring the final two contenders — on Wednesday. Voting officially closes on Thursday, and the winner will be announced during the VMA pre-show, airing on Monday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ET.

See the full list of nominees below, and get voting for your fave!

  • Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”

  • DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo – “No Brainer”

  • Drake – “In My Feelings”

  • Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”

  • Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”

  • Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You (remix)”

  • Post Malone – “Better Now”

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!

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Drake Sips The Tea In New London-Touring ‘Nonstop’ Video

After spilling all the tea — about himself, his son, and his controversies — on his latest chart-topping album, Drake is sitting back to sip a little tea himself. In the new video for Scorpion standout “Nonstop,” Drizzy makes London his playground, taking in the sights while throwing a luxe tea party for one. Simply because he can.

The Theo Skudra-directed clip begins with Drake prepping for his recent surprise performance at London’s Wireless festival. After thoroughly hyping up his British fans, he moves the party to a smoky nightclub, where Quavo, French Montana, and his OVO comrades make cameos. There’s also a scene where he rides through town atop a double-decker bus, but the aforementioned high tea is clearly the highlight.

“Nonstop” — which was released as an Apple Music exclusive — follows Drake’s high-concept videos for “I’m Upset,” “Nice for What,” and the VMA-nominated “God’s Plan.” The Toronto MC was recently spotted in New Orleans filming what’s believed to be the video for his current No. 1 hit, “In My Feelings,” so it looks like he’s keeping the visuals coming.

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Drake Just Released The Tracklist To Scorpion And It Is Massive

UPDATE (6/28/18, 7:05 p.m. ET): Hours after sharing the initial Scorpion tracklist, Drake has shared another post revealing the album’s features: Jay-Z on “Talk Up,” Michael Jackson on “Don’t Matter to Me,” and Ty Dolla $ ign and Static Major on “After Dark.”

Drake is a lot of things, but brief isn’t one of them. Graham just released the tracklist for his fifth studio album on Instagram and it is longer than a rattlesnake’s rattle in the month of July.

Scorpion is a double album separated into a Side A and Side B. The first half will consist of 12 songs, while the latter will contain 13. Rumors are persisting that the two sides will be separated into rap and R&B, but no one from Drizzy’s camp has confirmed that yet.

Considering the past month of Drake’s life, it isn’t a surprise that he might need a few more songs to get everything off his chest. Fans are undoubtedly waiting for the MC to address his beef with Pusha T, secret child allegations, and the blackface controversy on wax. Only a few more hours until the world is engulfed in a Scorpion content haze.

Check the tracklist below.

Side A

1. Survival

2. Nonstop

3. Elevate

4. Emotionless

5. God’s Plan

6. I’m Upset

7. 8 out of 10

8. Mob Ties

9. Can’t Take A Joke

10. Sandra’s Rose

11. Talk Up

12. Is There More

Side B

1. Peak

2. Summer Games

3. Jaded

4. Nice For What

5. Finesse

6. Ratchet Happy Birthday

7. That’s How You Feel

8. Blue Tint

9. In My Feelings

10. Don’t Matter To Me

11. After Dark

12. Final Fantasy

13. March 14

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Drake Was The Only Person To Get 21 Savage A Birthday Gift In 2016

Do you think 21 Savage is thanking Drake later for taking care of him on his birthday? Did the thoughtful gift give 21 more life? Hopefully, nothing is the same for the fledgling friendship between the two stars.

Apologies for the Drizzy puns, but the release of Scorpion is imminent. It can’t be helped.

In a recent interview with GQ, 21 told the magazine how Graham’s red Ferrari 488 rental was the only birthday gift the Atlanta rapper received for his 24th birthday.

“Drake brought me one [Ferrari] for my birthday to ride around L.A,” Savage said. “He the only one that got me something for my birthday that year. Don’t nobody else get me shit but Drake.”

Unfortunately, 21 doesn’t divulge why no one got him a birthday gift in 2016. Did no one think of getting him a monogrammed knife or gold-plated hockey mask? The “Sneakin’” star also showed additional respect for Graham later in the interview, describing how the Toronto MC uses his platform to shine a light on new acts.

“Drake just a genuine-ass good-hearted person,” he continued. “He did a lot of shit he didn’t have to do. He do a lot of shit for up-and-coming rappers, period. I don’t think he get his respect for that. Every fuckin’ year, he pull a new artist up. Ain’t no other artist on his level do that shit.”

Read the entire interview at GQ.

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Drake Still Isn’t Over That Girl Who Said He Couldn’t Sing On 2 Chainz’s New Song

Drake has an excellent memory. On 2 Chainz’s “Bigger Than You” featuring Quavo, the Canadian rapper references a time when people weren’t as excited to hear him break the melodies out — “‘Member shorty told me she thought the raps good, but the singing’s off.’”

Considering the previous bar mentions a time when he had a pre-paid phone it is safe to assume this was probably anywhere between 2007 – 2009, where Drake was first coming into his singing voice on projects like So Far Gone. What is the chance this is the same girl who told Drake he’d never be “as big as Trey Songz” on “From Time?”

Thankfully, “Bigger Than You” isn’t all about women who said Drake needed to work on hitting the correct notes. Quavo handles the hook, which is about warning fans he’s on “baller alert,” while the fine ladies are on “caller alert.” 2 Chainz also blesses us with the punchline, “Chain so big, should have came with a kickstand,” which same.

In February, Chainz announced the release of his next album, Rap Or Go To The League, in front of a blimp. On Instagram, the Atlanta rapper described the theme of his fifth studio album would center on race relations and the stereotypes he faced growing up.

“With the height of racial tensions across America I felt I should do my part in explaining some of the brain washing formulas used in my community,” Chainz wrote. “This album not only touches on those who did succeed thru entertainment but those who didn’t! Welcome to Rap or Go TO THE LEAGUE!”

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Drake Responds To Blackface Controversy In New Statement

Drake has finally responded to Pusha T’s scathing dis record “The Story of Adidon,” but not in the way most were predicting. Wednesday night (May 30), the Toronto rapper posted a statement on Instagram explaining the photo featuring him in blackface that Push used for the cover of his track.

“I know everyone is enjoying the circus but I want to clarify this image in question,” Drake wrote in an Instagram story. “This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career. This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.”

Drizzy went onto explain that the photo, taken by photographer David Leyes, was part of a project aimed at showing the frustrations that he and his best friend felt as black actors.

“Me and my best friend Mazin Elsadig who is also an actor from Sudan were attempting to use our voice to bring awareness to the issues we dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions,” Graham continues. “This was to highlight and raise our frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry and to make a point that the struggle for black actors had not changed much.”

Since the photo was revealed, many people traced Drake’s clothing in it to the streetwear brand Too Black Guys, which released a “Jim Crow Couture/House of Crow” collection in 2008. However, the brand’s founder, Adrian Aitcheson, issued a statement sharing that the company was not involved in the photo.

“Too Black Guys has a history of representing the black experience in an unapologetic way,” Aitcheson wrote. Although this was not an image from any of our photoshoots, we feel that Drake, who is a long-time friend of the brand, was brilliantly illustrating the hypocrisy of the Jim Crow Era.”

The current spat between Drake and Pusha T is one of the most ruthless in recent memory. Push’s “Infrared” reignited a seven-year beef, which Graham was happy to respond to on “Duppy Freestyle.” Unfortunately for Drake, a decade-old photo has quickly taken over the narrative. It isn’t every day that a rapper responds to beef with a written statement, but at this point, it was unavoidable.

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Here’s Why Fans Think Meek Mill And Drake Are Working Together Again

Looks like all beef isn’t forever. Meek Mill teased an unreleased song on social media this week, and many people believe it is hinting at a collaboration with onetime rival Drake. Over what sounds like a sample of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “What’s Beef,” Meek raps, “Is we beefing or rapping? / I might just pop up with Drizzy like…” Many fans are convinced that the “yeah” voice at the end of Meek’s line sounds very similar to the OVO head honcho’s.

Tension between Meek and Drake started rising in July 2015, when the Philadelphia rapper claimed that Graham employed a ghostwriter. Reference tracks by Quentin Miller for various If You’re Reading This Its Too Late tracks leaked. Drake then dropped “Charged Up” and “Back to Back,” sealing Meek’s internet coffin on the infamous OVO Fest meme screen. All in all, the entire debacle was messy.

In November 2017, Drake sent a positive message to Meek at the Melbourne, Australia stop of his Boy Meets World Tour. At the time, Mill was still incarcerated.

“I see you with the Adidas three-stripe,” Graham said. I see you got the ‘Free Meek Mill’ t-shirt. Free Meek Mill too, man. You right.”

Meek co-signed Drizzy’s olive branch when asked about the gesture earlier this month on The Breakfast Club after his release.

“He put good energy in the air,” Mill said. “What happened, happened. We moved past that, and I think we’ll have a conversation next time when we see each other and get it going. Keep it moving in life.”

Hopefully, “get it going” means the “R.I.C.O.” artists are back to making music together. We can all say “Amen” to that.

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