Drake Says Kanye Conned Him Into Giving Up Release Date & Revealing He Had A Secret Son, Admits Wanting To Punch Pusha T In His F*cking Face
Drake sat down with Lebron James to openly speak about his feud with Kanye West for the very first time. While a guest on Lebron’s HBO series The Shop, Drake discusses Pusha T‘s “The Story of Adidon” diss track and how he believes an act of betrayal by Kanye lead to Pusha T finding out about his secret child. According to Drake, Kanye conned him into giving up his release date and info on his personal life, only for it to all be used against him.
I ended up linking with Ye and he sold me on this whole speech of like, ‘I’m in a great place. I’m making money and I’m a father. I want to be Quincy Jones and help you but in order to do that you’ve gotta be transparent with me and you’ve gotta play me your music and tell me when you’re dropping. I know you don’t like to do things like that.’ So, you know, I was in the studio and we all kind of felt a genuine vibe from it. So I played him my music and I told him when I was dropping.
Drake says at the time he met with Kanye, about 60% of his Scorpion album was completed.
From there it was all good and he played me “Lift Yourself” and he was like ‘Yo, you can have this if you want.’ I was hype. I started writing to it and then he was like, ‘Yo, you gotta come to Wyoming’ so Wyoming happened. 40 went to Wyoming a day early and he was like, ‘Something’s off. This guy’s working on an album.’ And I’m like, ‘For real?’ because he just told me he wanted to give me beats. He said he wasn’t dropping until October/November, something like that.
The album Kanye ended up dropping was Ye, which came out on June 1st, 2 weeks before Drake’s Scorpion, which was originally slated for a June 15th release date.
I’m like ‘It’s all good, let’s just go and see what it’s about.’ So I went [to Wyoming] and spent pretty much a majority of my time working on his music, just trying to cook up ideas. When I left Wyoming, we left with “Lift Yourself” and a pat on the back. By the way, I’m in Wyoming, I play him “March 14th”, I send him a picture of my son, I tell him I’m having trouble with my son’s mother. We had a conversation. I shared my [life]. So, I wake up and all these dates are out, one by one by one — all around June 15th .”
As far as “Lift Yourself”, which was promised to Drake, Kanye ended up releasing the song on social media without actual lyrics. Instead, he trolled social media with the words “poopty-di-scoop” over the entire song.
That was only the beginning of what was to come.
As we all know, Pusha T, the president of Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music label, would go on to release a diss track to Drake on his album, revealing very intimate details about Drake’s personal life. The song was produced by Kanye and also took jabs at Drake’s longtime producer and best friend, 40.
People love to say, like rap purists and people who just love confrontation, they love to say, ‘Aye there’s no rules in this sh*t.’ But there are f*cking rules in this sh*t. And I’m gonna tell you something: It’s like, I knew something was gonna come up about my kid. They had to add the deadbeat thing to make it more appealing, which is fine. I understand that. Even that, I was like, OK. The mom and dad thing, whatever. You don’t even know my family. But I’mma tell you, wishing death on my friend that has MS… I study rap battles for a living. Now when you mention defenseless people who are sick in the hospital, that passed away, that really sent me to a place where I just believed then, and believe now, that there’s just a price that you have to pay for that. It’s over. You’re gonna get… someone’s gonna f*cking punch you in the f*cking face. The sh*t’s done, the event’s over. I wanted to do other things. I didn’t wanna further your reputation or your career by rapping back at you and having this exchange. And that was it for me.
Drake reveals that he had a diss track waiting in the chamber for Pusha T, but he just took his L in silence to keep his integrity intact.
I got home and listened back to it, and I was like man this is not something I want to be remembered for. This is not necessarily a place I want to go. By the way, hell of a chess move. The song I thought was trash, but the chess move was genius. Back against the wall, I either go all the way filthy or I fall back and I kinda have this chink in my armor for rest of my time to rap purists, which is fine I can live with that. I’d much rather live with that than the things I was about to say and the research I did against and the places I was gonna go. Not only for him but for the other guy too.
Kanye has yet to comment on Drake’s remarks.