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Celebrity Slam - Kanye/Drake beef is back!

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Well folks – looks like beef is back on the menu!

We won’t belabor the enduring affection we have for famous feuds here at Celebrity Slam – if you’ve read this feature with any regularity, you’re already well aware of our feelings. But it had been a while since we were able to dig into that sizzling steak – the only beef-related story we’ve carried in the last couple of months revolved around Kanye and Jay-Z squashing their longtime conflict.

Happily, it turns out that while Yeezy was in a forgiving mood with regard to Jay, he’s still ready to get beefy if the situation calls for it. And thanks to a just-released track featuring Drake, our man Kanye is amped to throw down.

This most recent flame was lit with the release of a new record by Trippie Redd. The album – titled “Trip At Knight” – features among its songs a track titled “Betrayal,” a collaboration with Drake. In the song, it sure does seem like some shots are being fired. The lyric in question – purported to invoke both Kanye and his frequent collaborator Pusha T – goes as follows:

“All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know / Forty-five, forty-four (burned out), let it go / Ye ain’t changin’ s—t for me, it’s set in stone.”

Kanye being Kanye, he went to Instagram. First, he posted (and quickly deleted) screenshots from a group text, one that appeared to involve both Drake and Pusha T. West posted a photo of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker (because of course he did), along with a caption where he said things like “I live for this” and “You will never recover. I promise you.”

(He also referred to Drake as “nerd ass jock,” which we’re not sure what that means exactly.)

The following Monday, Kanye was at it again. This time, he posted a screenshot of a map that appeared to show Drake’s home address in Toronto; again, he deleted it. Some accused West of doxxing, but the truth is that Drake’s address is already publicly available.

And round and round we go.

It’s hard to believe, but the Kanye/Drake beef goes back over a decade – the two were first at odds way back in 2009, when West critiqued one of Drake’s lyrics and Drake responded in an interview a few days later by basically saying that he had the utmost respect for Kanye … before he met him. Since then, they’ve periodically gone at it, trading shots in the context of their music and just generally irritating the crap out of one another.

As for Drake’s issues with Pusha T, well – they’re considerably younger, but pretty harsh. When Drake dropped a diss track titled “Duppy Freestyle,” Pusha responded with “The Story of Adidon,” in which he essentially outed Drake for having a child that he hadn’t yet publicly acknowledged.

Long story short – they big mad.

This is where we recognize the very real possibility that this whole thing is just a way of drumming up free coverage for upcoming album releases – both Kanye and Drake are dropping new ones very soon. This kind of beef is cheap heat, an easy way to get people talking about both of them ahead of the release. It’s a cynical take, to be sure, but there’s a lot about which to be cynical in the hip-hop world. The disdain on display here may well be real, but these are all extremely savvy businessmen – it wouldn’t be at all surprising to know that there was some conspiratorial element involved, with the two camps agreeing to respective shade as a path to a brighter spotlight. Stranger things have happened.

It’s funny, isn’t it, how these beefs are shaped by the tendencies of the beefers? Drake’s out here throwing down a diss on a collaborative track on someone else’s album; meanwhile, Kanye responds by clowning Drake in a group text and then telling everyone on the internet where the guy lives. Like, you might not have been able to predict the specifics, but if we took out the names, you could definitely figure out who the players were.

Now, Kanye and Drake don’t like each other. That much is clear. But in the end, we’re betting that they both understand that beef is just good business.

Last modified on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 07:50

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