Lil Keke has revealed that Drake paid him for the use of a lyric interpolation that the 6 God used on So Far Gone‘s “November 18th.”
The Houston native joined the Geto Boys Reloaded podcast with Scarface and Willie D earlier this week where he explained how Drizzy cut him a check for pulling from his and DJ Screw’s “Pimp Tha Pen,” which landed on the late Houston legend’s 3 N Tha Mornin’ Part ll tape.
“People used to be like, ‘Man, did you—,’ I didn’t miss out on nothin’ that God had for me,” Keke said. “I didn’t miss out on no money, Drake came back and paid me for a sample 25 years later and he didn’t even sample nothin’. He just paid me for something that he said.
“He said, ‘I’m draped up and dripped out.’ Just for him saying, ‘I’m draped up and dripped out.’ He cut me a check and gave me a royalty, just for saying it.”
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After learning of Drizzy’s generosity, Willie D and Scarface were surprised and gave Drake his props as a stand-up individual in the rap game, which can be hard to come by.
“Wow, dope-ass fucking Drake. I love Drake,” Scarface added.
Drake utilized a play on words for “November 18th” that can be connected to Lil Keke’s Houston slang and “Pimp Tha Pen” bars.
“Draped up, dripped out, know what I’m talking ’bout/ 3 in the morning, get it popping in the parking lot,” Drake raps on the 2009 track while Keke rhymes: “Draped up dripped out know what I’m talking bout/ Three in the morning, get the gat out the stash spot.”
However, the 6 God does shout out Keke and a number of other Houston rap dignitaries he’s a fan of, such as UGK, Big Moe and DJ Screw on the “November 18th” outro.
Meanwhile, NAV has revealed he has a collaboration with Drake in the stash, but decided against putting it on his new album Demons Protected By Angels.
The Toronto rapper shared the revelation during a recent appearance on the Full Send Podcast, where he explained his logic behind the bold move.
While most other artists would kill for a feature from the 6 God, NAV said he didn’t want their song to overshadow the rest of his project.
“Drake’s an amazing person and we hang out all the time in Toronto,” he said. “We did a song. I feel we could’ve done a better song and the timeframe was just not good, it didn’t work out.”
He continued: “He’s such a big artist that I didn’t want to put the song on the album and have it take away from anything else on the album. You know, take away life from all the other moments.”