The latest guest on LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s HBO hit show, “The Shop,” was none other than Canadian rapper, singer, and songwriter, Drake. The show touched on various topics, such as childhood and growing up in single-parent households, as well as Drake’s son, Adonis, and his experiences as a new father. The conversation also touched on the beef that transpired between Drake and Pusha-T back in May.
Drake starts off by discussing his complex relationship with Kanye West. Drake and Kanye have had a slightly tumultuous relationship since Drake rose as a prominent artist in hip-hop. They’ve worked on various tracks together, but there have also been a lot of jabs thrown between the artists on several records. Prior to the escalation of the beef between Pusha and Drake, Kanye had joined Drake in the studio and the two shared music. Drake shared material from his then forthcoming album ‘Scorpion,’ which released at the end of June, and even played Kanye “March 14th,” the track on which he discusses his son. In turn, Kanye played Drake his track “Lift Yourself.” Kanye allegedly gave this track to Drake, and invited Drake to visit him in Wyoming. In Wyoming, Drake said that the rappers spent their time writing music for Kanye’s forthcoming project, ‘Ye.’
Drake discusses the incident with Kanye, explaining that the situation was a set up.
“I spent all my time, pretty much working on his stuff. And again, I left Wyoming with ‘Lift Yourself’ and a pat on the back. Alright, I’ll try to make the most of this and hopefully he sends some more things through,” he tells James and Carter. The situation escalated when Kanye announced that he would be releasing a solo project, as well as a collaborative album with Kid Cudi, all around the time Drake had planned to release ‘Scorpion.’ Kanye also debuted the beat to “Lift Yourself,” layered over with nonsensical lyrics by Kanye. “I wake up, and all these dates are out—all around June 15. Then the next two days, I wake up to this text from him, passive like, ‘Yo, I love you brother’. ‘Lift Yourself’ comes out with him just talking nonsense. ‘Oh this guy’s trolling me.’ This was a manipulative, ‘I wanna break you’ thing. So I said alright. I’m gonna go back to distancing myself again. I know what this is.”
The beef between Pusha-T and Drake really began to brew when Pusha-T’s project ‘Daytona,’ which had been produced by Kanye, featured disses directed at Drake on the song “Infrared.” “Then, the first album drops (‘Daytona’)…and of course there’s a diss song towards me that you produced, that’s talking about writing? I was just there with you, as friends, helping you. And now you’re dissing me. So I’m like, man, this is dark.” Drake responded to the shots from Pusha with his track “Duppy Freestyle,” on which he reveals the name of Pusha-T’s fiancé, which the rapper had been keeping secret. Pusha retaliated with “The Story of Adidon,” a ruthless diss track that revealed the name of Drake’s son, and the nature of Drake’s relationship with his son’s mother. It was evident to Drake that Kanye had disclosed Adonis’s name to Pusha.
Drake did not respond to the second diss track by Pusha-T, not because he admitted defeat, but because he could not, in good heart, put out the diss track that he had prepared for Pusha. “I got home and I just listened back to it, and I was like, ‘man, this is not something I ever want to be remembered for. This is not even a place that I necessarily want to go’.” Lebron confirms that Drake confided in him that he could not release the diss track, and that Drake had asked him not to be disappointed. Kanye West has since issued a public apology on Twitter for wronging Drake. The tell-all by the Canadian hit-maker brought closure to the beef, in which many fans were originally questioning Drake’s decision not to respond to Pusha-T. “Now I feel pure, I feel good. And you know what I did? I took that energy and I put it into me, not you, you don’t get that from me.”