Drake Claims Kanye Tricked Him Into Working on 'ye'
"Someone’s gonna fucking punch you in the fucking face. The shit’s done, the event’s over."
On last night's episode of LeBron James' HBO series, The Shop, Drake joined the NBA all-timer for a candid discussion of their shared and respective triumphs as performers, entertainers, and high-tier public figures.
The Toronto rapper was all smiles passing around his phone with a picture of his newborn baby boy. His disposition flipped in a hurry when the conversation pivoted towards Kanye and the Pusha track that introduced the world to Drake, The Father. And for the first time, Drake directly addresses the lingering tension between G.O.O.D. Music and OVO, detailing the trickery Kanye employed while gathering material for his five-week, five-album push throughout the month of June.
He claims: "He sold me on this whole speech, like, 'I'm in a great place, I'm making money, I'm a father. I wanna be Quincy Jones and help you, but in order to do that, you gotta be transparent with me and you gotta play me your music and tell me when you're dropping, and I know you don't like to do that.' I was in the studio and I guess we all felt a genuine vibe from it."
Drake continues to explain that he had no intention of going to Wyoming to work on anything for the G.O.O.D. summer campaign, but details how and why he ended up there with producer Noah 40. "He just told me he wanted to give me beats, he said he wasn't dropping till October, November, something like that. I went and spent the majority of the time working on his music, trying to cook up ideas for him. We left with 'Lift Yourself' and a pat on the back... I play him 'March 14,' I send him a picture of my son, I tell him I'm having trouble with my son's mother. We had a conversation...I wake up, and all of these dates are out, one by one by one."
They cap the chat with Drake's response to Pusha T's "The Story of Adidon," where a line targeting the OVO producer suffering from MS set him off. "Rap purists and people who love confrontation, they love to say, 'There’s no rules to this shit!' There are fucking rules to this shit. I'm gonna tell you something, I knew something was gonna come up about my kid. They had to add the deadbeat dad thing to make it more appealing, which is fine. The mom and dad thing... Whatever. You don't even know my family. But wishing death upon my friend who has MS... I study rap battles for a living. When you mention defenseless people who are sick in the hospital, who have passed away, I just believe that there's a price you have to pay for that. It’s over! Someone’s gonna fucking punch you in the fucking face. The shit’s done, the event’s over."
You can watch clips from last night's episode of The Shop below. Head over to HBO to watch it in full.