Kanye West and Drake have finally put their FUED to bed, and a meeting at Houston’s Rothko Chapel helped the two mend fences. On Tuesday, Ye posted a photo to Instagram alongside Rap-A-Lot Record's CEO J. Prince and Drake at what appears to be Drake’s home in Toronto.
The two artists have been in an abiding feud that dates back to 2010, but the rivalry didn’t always start that way. At one point, Drake and Ye sang each other’s praises. According to NME, in April of 2010, Drake released his Thank Me Later album, which included the song “Find Your Love,” produced by the Chicago native.
The two went from friends to foes once Drake “got too big,” per the report. The longstanding feud became a series of passive-aggressive jabs on songs from both of the artists, starting with Drake rapping subliminal lines in DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One,” referencing the then-released collaboration album Watch The Throne, with Jay-Z and Ye. The contest between the two remained dormant for some years, and reignited when New York rapper Pusha T cited claims that Drake used ghostwriters, to which he responded with the diss, “Duppy Freestyle.” Pusha T retorted with “Story Of Adidon,” the song revealing that the Take Care rapper had a hidden child.
Fast-forward to the present day, the two both released chart-topping solo projects this year, Certified Lover Boy and Donda, with the most recent digs in the ongoing feud coming from Ye, in his collaboration with Andre 3000, “Life Of The Party,” and Drake’s home address on Instagram, to which Drake responded with “7 AM On Bridle Path.”
Drake has known ties to Houston and was discovered by J. Prince’s son, Jas Prince. The Canadian rapper has always given a nod to Houston, especially at the start of his music career, noting in his song “Too Much” from his acclaimed 2013 album, Nothing Was The Same, that the Houston concert venue Warehouse Live was the site of one of his first sold-out shows in 2009. Now, the Bayou City一and J. Prince一has ostensibly aided in smoothing over the bad blood between him and Ye.
According to a post made by founder of Rap-A-Lot Records, J. Prince, West一who not long ago legally changed his name to Ye一met with the rap mogul in Houston, to discuss how to settle his yearslong feud with Canadian-born artist.
In an Instagram post last Monday, Ye is seen reading from his phone a message to the Thank Me Later crooner. "Yo, this is Ye and J. Prince. I'm making this video to address the ongoing back and forth between myself and Drake," Ye says in the video. "Both me and Drake have taken shots at each other, and it's time to put it to rest. I'm asking Drake on Dec. 7 to join me on stage as a special guest to share the two biggest albums of the year, live in Los Angeles, with the ultimate purpose being to free Larry Hoover. I believe this event will not only bring awareness to our cause, but prove to people everywhere how much more we can accomplish when we lay our pride to the side and come together."
Prince, who helped to facilitate the ceasefire, shared that the message not only came from himself, but also from Chicago's Larry Hoover, founder of the Gangster Disciples street gang. According to Prince, Hoover, who has been serving a life sentence in federal prison since 1973, said he would like to see peace between the two rappers. Both emcees have advocated for Hoover’s release in the past, and Ye met with former President Donald Trump, requesting a pardon on behalf of Hoover.
Prince left the meeting confidently, saying that “Ye received this well and said thanks because he never had anyone that sat him down and explained things to him the way I did. I’m looking forward to all of us working together in unison to elevate our communities around the world.”
In addition to Ye’s reunion post, Drake also shared a video of him and Ye smiling and laughing it up backstage at a screening of Dave Chappelle’s Untitled documentary in Toronto the same night.
While the two have seemingly mended fences, only time will tell what’s in store for the two rap titans.