Over the last decade, Drake and West’s relationship had evolved from close collaborators into a heated feud, and beyond. Eleven months ago, Drake appeared alongside Kanye West for a historic concert at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The moment orchestrated as a benefit to raise awareness in freeing incarcerated Gangsta Disciples co-founder Larry Hoover, was said to mark a formalized truce between the two men. The concert followed November 2021 photographs taken of Drake and Kanye together, including one with Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince. Prince, a mentor to Drake, had reportedly brought the two men together for the common cause of getting his friend Larry Hoover out of prison.
While many considered the event a new chapter in years of drama involving Drake, Kanye, J. Prince, as well as affiliates ranging from Pusha-T and Noah “40” Shebib to Kid Cudi and Lil Wayne, and others, Ambrosia For Heads was among those who reported otherwise. As analysis from episode #72 of the What’s The Headline podcast suggested, upon closer inspection, the December 9, 2021 event found Drake performing some of the very songs that included lyrics aimed at West, including “Wants and Needs,” “No Friends In The Industry,” and “Laugh Now, Cry Later,” among several others. Last November, ‘Ye accused Drizzy of being a highly-calculated opponent; the OVO founder appeared to be just that in that charity concert.
Drake Dissed Kanye West Throughout Their Concert
Drake’s motives for 2021’s concert come to light, perhaps at a very strategic moment. Much has transpired since that event. In recent weeks, Kanye West has made a number of antisemitic and racist comments that have abruptly ended his business and personal relationships while significantly compromising his wealth. As West’s future is in question, Drake steps forth with his first project of 2022.
Today (November 4), Drake has partnered with 21 Savage to release Her Loss, a collaborative album. One song, “Circo Loco,” features an apparent jab at West that speaks to the 2021 peace-offering and its real motives. “Linking with the opps, b*tch, I did that sh*t for J Prince / B*tch, I did it for the Mob Ties / Feel like 17, two Percs, frog eyes / And I never been the one to go apologize / Me, I’d rather hit ’em up one more time.” In the lyrics, Drake is referring to West as “the opps.” While Boi-1da and Tay Keith sample Daft Punk, Drake appears to also reference Tupac’s “Hit ‘Em Up” diss, a 1996 song that attacked Biggie Smalls, Mobb Deep, Junior M.A.F.I.A., and others.
Kanye West Details The Secret Warfare Drake Has Waged On Him
Kanye is among those who are aware of Drake’s latest lyrics. “Enough already I done gave this man his flowers multiple times,” Ye tweeted. “Let’s really see who are real ops are in this music game,” he wrote cryptically. “Imagine all the rappers on the same side and everyone cleaning up each other’s contracts. It’s kingdom time. Love Drake.”
Earlier this week, J. Prince and Mob Ties were in the news surrounding the death of Migos member Takeoff, who was fatally shot in Houston, Texas on November 1. Takeoff and his band-mate/uncle Quavo were in town to celebrate the birthday of J. Prince, Jr. who founded Mob Ties—a reported streetwear brand. The Rap-A-Lot founder has released a statement condemning the violence. He also distanced himself from the tragedy. “They say Satan is the author of confusion, and right now there are a lot of lies and false narratives being spread by media whores,” the man born James Smith wrote. “I consider myself a man that’s quick to listen and slow to speak, therefore to whomever is responsible for putting that bullet in my little nephew’s head, let it be known that you can’t hide behind me, beside me or anywhere near me because I don’t tolerate dumb sh*t.”
The same song, “Circo Loco,” finds Drake dissing Megan The Stallion. “This b*tch lie about getting shot, but she still a Stallion / She don’t even get the joke but she still smiling,” he raps. Meg, who was shot two times in a 2020 incident, has publicly criticized the lyrics. In a series of tweets, she accused Drake of clout-chasing, as well as standing beside the abuser of a Black woman. The comments likely refer to Tory Lanez, a former Drake adversary—turned-collaborator who has been charged in the 2020 shooting.
Notably, Megan The Stallion, a Houston native, has been at odds publicly with J. Prince over comments surrounding a previous recording contract.
Her Loss features one guest appearance, courtesy of Travis Scott. Selections from the OVO/Universal Republic Records album are currently on the AFH playlist: