Drake vs. Kanye: A History of their Twitter Feud
By Evan Schimek
In case you’ve comfortably established residence under a rock somewhere or are personally boycotting the use of any social media, then the feud between rappers Drake and Kanye West is nothing new to you. However, in the last couple of weeks, things have escalated on Twitter to “tap your closest friend on the shoulder and show them your phone” proportions.
A history of their feud
2010 – 2016
In order to fully understand what led up to this moment, we need to backtrack a little bit. From 2010 to 2016, Drake and Kanye’s relationship could best be described as a “healthy rivalry,” with both rappers frequently citing the other as a musical/personal influence in interviews. Drake called Kanye a great “sparring partner,” with the two constantly pushing each other to release a higher quality of music. There was even talk of a potential joint album from the two artists towards the end of 2016.
2016 – 2018
The relationship took somewhat of a hiatus during 2016 to early 2017, when Kanye went through an apparent mental breakdown and entered rehabilitation. During this time, Kanye went viral off of several radical political rants. Things really took a turn for the worst in May 2018, when Kanye’s artist Pusha T wrote a song which called Drake out for using a ghostwriter. This resulted in several diss tracks between the two which concluded with Pusha revealing Drake has a son who he has been keeping secret (a claim he would verify months later on his album Scorpion). Kanye would later apologize about this incident, claiming he didn’t have anything to do with it.
However, Drake still believed Kanye (knowing this information before the track released) had gone behind his back. Additionally, Kanye had released his album “Ye,” around the same time as Drake’s “Scorpion,” which Drake took as an attempt to outshine him. Miniscule incidents would build up leading up to an incident at a Pusha T concert in Toronto (Drake’s hometown), where a fan rushed the stage attempting to harm Pusha. This brings us to the present day, where, other than some minute details, the majority of what we know is courtesy of Twitter. Enjoy!
Some of these tweets would suggest that Drake threatened Kanye (and his family) with physical violence, that he would be nothing without Kanye and talks about his own mental health (Kanye was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2018).
Even Kim Kardashian had something to say.
As for what follows, stay tuned on Twitter @kanyewest
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