Drake seemed to alter the lyrics to his song ‘Know Yourself’ to take aim at West, accusing him of being a “flop”.
The original lyrics – “Then Kanye dropped it, it was polos and backpacks” – were altered to “Then Kanye flopped, it was polos and backpacks.”
The spat was reignited recently after Pusha-T seemingly criticised Drake on ‘Infrared’ taken from his latest album ‘Daytona’, which was produced by West.
On the track, the rapper mocks Drake’s alleged use of a ghost writer, saying: “It was written like Nas/ But it came from Quentin.”
Drake then responded to Pusha-T and West via ‘Duppy Freestyle’ and ‘Behind Barz’ and also via several further references to Kanye on his latest album, ‘Scorpion’.
“Don’t push me when I’m in album mode, you’re not even top five as far as your label talent goes,” Drake raps on ‘Duppy Freestyle.’
“I had a microphone of yours, but then the signature faded, I think that pretty much resembles what has been happening lately,” he adds.
Rapping about West, Drake spat: “What do you really think of the nigga that’s making your beats?/ I’ve done things for him I thought he never would need/ Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me/ I pop style for 30 hours, then let him repeat.”
Meanwhile, Kanye has refused to get involved, tweeting back in May that he is “about love.”
Reviewing Drake’s latest album, NME wrote: “Drake doesn’t seem to have learned any lessons or sensed the turning of the tide away from bloated albums maximised for streaming revenue. Ironically, it has been Drake’s hero-turned-rival, Kanye West, who has instead taken note of this.”
“It’s a shame really, because ‘Scorpion’ was supposed to be a victory lap, the coronation event for rap’s long-running heir apparent. Instead, ‘Scorpion’ sounds like Drake knowing that he’s won, cynically deciding not to challenge himself. Sure, the crown is still his, but to quote Drake’s own words on this album: “Is there more?”