Kanye West and Drake (real name Aubrey Graham) are two of the most successful rappers of all time. Both rappers have broken all kinds of records with regard to record sales charting, Grammys and more, and the two have both seen an extreme demand for their music. The same can be said for Jay-Z. However, Graham has had a strenuous relationship with Kanye, and over the years, the two have had a number of petty exchanges. In fact, in one song he takes aim at both rapper.
Drake began his career as a fan of Kanye. However, he riled up the Chicago entrepreneur after he admitted that he wanted to supsede the musician eventually.
In a 2011 interview with magazine The Source, Graham revealed, “When I was a kid trying to figure out what I liked, it was Ye who I related to the most. He was an artist, in every sense, from his cover art to his music. Now, I would say he is 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”.
Ever since, there has been an uncomfortable tension between Drake and Kanye. Furthermore, the Tornoto rapper entered an ongoing battle with West’s G.O.O.D Music label mate Pusha T. As such, the friction between the two hitmakers grew worse. Drake has never had any problems with Jay-Z, but hip-hop is a competitive genre of music as the Roc-A-Fella co-founder knows all too well.
Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) and Kanye have had their own issues and since the release of Watch The Throne in 2012, and these three artists all occupy separate lanes. However, in his track ‘6pm In New York’ which featured on his 2015 project, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake referenced both artists in a shady manner. In reference to Carter, Graham rapped, “You rappin’ like the throne should be the three of y’all.”
In this lyric, Drake claims that he’s on Jay Z’s level by referencing Hov’s verse on ‘Seen It All’ and states that he deserves to join Jay and Kanye on the throne. The Canadian musician also raps, “I’m never ever scared to get some blood on my leaves” a reference to West’s 2013 Ye track, ‘Blood On The Leaves.’
You can hear Drake’s 2015 song below.