2019 has been a relatively quiet year for Drake. While he has teased work on a new album, and dropped a Christmas track, perhaps the most significant news is that he’s taken his time to look back on the difficult relationships he’s shared with other artists from the rap fraternity.
In a recent interview, Drake opened up about his lingering Pusha T beef, which burned hot in mid-2018 but was never officially resolved, “I have no desire to ever mend anything with that person,” Drake said, referring to Pusha T and the dis track “The Story of Adidon,” in which Pusha revealed the existence of Drake’s son and labeled him a “deadbeat dad.” “That situation just went… you know, it just went where it went. There is no turning back.”
His relationship with Kanye West has also been quite tense. But things haven’t always been this bad, in fact, back in May 2009, both artists had nothing but praise for each other. On his old blog, Kanye shouted out Drake for one of his early tracks, ‘Every Girl’.
Days later, Drake returned the favour in an interview, in which he credited Kanye for “shaping a lot of what I do, as far as music goes.”
But after that, according to Kanye, the fame got to Drake and he “changed”. From then onwards, there have been a string of interviews and songs, where both artists have taken some not -so -subtle jabs at each other. In 2011, Drake went as far as saying that Kanye was, “a really great competitor…and friend, at the same time… My goal is to surpass everything he’s accomplished. I don’t want to be as good as Kanye, I want to be better.” Things just got worse after that. The move that created a proper crack in their relationship was when West produced Pusha’s album, and we don’t need to remind you why that hit such a raw nerve with Drake.
While the pair have publicly exchanged words tinged with apologetic notes, they’ve never officially reconciled. ” I could never ever, ever, ever turn my back on the things that I’ve said about him in a positive light… Things have changed. I’m not just some kid that’s a fan anymore. Now we have personal situations, and like I said, a lot of his issues with me, I can’t fix them for him,” Drake said.
But on a lighter note, Drake has managed to mend his relationship with the Weeknd. In his latest single and music video, “War,” he clearly suggests that the two have put their differences aside.
“We just had to fix things, family, 6 tings, we can’t split up,” Drake raps.
Well, it looks like the rapper has taken his time to reflect and hopefully, he’ll be able to make peace with Pusha and West in the coming year.