Despite their ongoing feud, Drake still has respect for Kanye West.
While reflecting on the 10th anniversary of his mixtape So Far Gone, October’s Very Own acknowledged the G.O.O.D. Music rapper for the impact he’s had on his career.
“@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit,” said Drake, “and even though you stay wildin on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career.”
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@futuretheprince a decade ago you were Dj’ing all ages parties…@ovo40 a decade ago you were scared to share your beats…@oliverelkhatib a decade ago you worked at a clothing store selling someone else’s product…@boi1da a decade ago you were in a basement with pink insulation walls figuring out fruity loops…@ovoniko a decade ago we were handing out flyers promoting club nights…@realbriamyles a decade ago you were working the makeup counter at Beverly Centre…@nebzilla a decade ago your moms house was my safe place and we really ran through the 6 everyday together…@bunb a decade ago you were a legend and you will remain that forever…@benballer a decade ago you promoted me as if you were getting a cut of my career…@treysongz a decade ago you were the first person to recognize potential and give me a co-sign…@omarion a decade ago you came to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and laid a verse for an unknown artist from Canada…@darkiemade a decade ago you emailed me the cover art for something that would change my life forever…[email protected] a decade ago you came to my release party at 6 Degrees and made me the biggest artist in the city off your presence alone…@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career…Portia I don’t know your IG but a decade ago you told me to rap over June 27th and bonded me and Houston Texas forever…@jas.prince a decade ago you took a chance on MySpace and introduced me to Wayne…@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anybody has ever given me…I will never forget anybody involved in this journey even if you don’t fit in this caption…So Far Gone streaming everywhere for the first time ever Thursday. 🙏🏽
Drake sampled West’s 808s & Heartbreak song “Say You Will” on “Say What’s Real” off So Far Gone. He attempted to get the sample cleared last year in the midst of their beef, much to Kanye’s surprise. “This proves shit faker than wrestling,” said Ye, who shared a screenshot of the text message he received.
This proves shit faker than wrestling pic.twitter.com/E9wzNycJna
— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018
Their feud has played out on social media. During a Twitter rant in December, Kanye claimed Drake threatened his life. “Drake called trying to threatened me,” he tweeted. “So drake if anything happens to me or anyone from my family you are the first suspect.”
He also said Drake had been “bullying” him by dissing him on songs like French Montana’s “No Stylist” and Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode.” “Still need that apology for mentioning the 350s and trying to take food out your idols kids mouths,” he said before demanding an apology from Drake. “Sending purple emojis When I’m dealing with mental shit I need my apologies now Not through scooter either Not through Travis.”
There would never be a drake without a Kanye west so never come out your mouth with a threat
— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018
Kanye has credited himself for paving the way for Drake. “When I go through shit he fucks with me and I’m his idol,” he tweeted. “I’m the guy with the pink polo that made a way for him. … There would never be a drake without a Kanye west so never come out your mouth with a threat.”
Prior to their beef, the two collaborated on songs including “Forever,” “Glow,” and “Pop Style.” Kanye also directed Drake’s video for “Best I Ever Had,” which appears on his mixtape So Far Gone. On Thursday (Feb. 14), the project will be released to streaming services for the first time in conjunction with the 10th anniversary.