We’re just hours away from the (possible) release of Kanye West’s anticipated Jesus Is King, and to add even more hype around the project, the rapper chatted with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on Thursday. There were many revelations and quotables made by Kanye during that interview, but it was interesting to hear that he and Drake haven’t yet mended fences.
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The pair’s friendship was called into question last year when Drake and Pusha T were entangled in their beef. Pusha told the world that Drake was the father of a young son, information that the Toronto rapper had yet to share with the public. Drake would later say that he told West about his son when he played a song for him in Wyoming and that West may have betrayed his trust and spoke with Pusha about it. Yet, Pusha said it was Drake’s friend and collaborator Noah “40” Shebib who shared he information. Drake and Ye have been on the outs since, but Kanye has been doing his best to get back into Drake’s good graces.
The Jesus Is King rapper revealed to Lowe that he’s been making trips to Drake’s house, hoping that he can get the Scorpion star to give him a call. “God is funny. Drake literally lives four blocks down the street from me,” Ye said. “That shows God has a sense of humor cause we had a rivalry…You cannot be in service to God and be mad at your brother. I go to Drake’s house, walk over there with no security, ‘Here’s my phone number.’ I’m not trying to ring [the] doorbell. He might be busy.”
“I can’t stand with something on my spirit for more than a day,” he later added. “I can’t sleep on it. I have to express it. Me and Drake had the disagreement and he refused to talk to me for 6 months. That was so painful because expressing yourself is a form of therapy for people with mental health.”
He also spoke about whether or not there is a strain on his friendship with his Watch The Throne friend and collaborator Jay Z. “With Jay, I love all of these people, but you got to know there’s a lineage of Jay to Ye to Drake,” Kanye said. “It’s, this person is your idol. Then you get to know ’em, then you be friends, then you turn to frenemies, then you turn to enemies, and then you gotta bring back the positive energy. But that is the lineage of rap kings and inspirers.”