Kanye West apologized to Drake in a series of tweets Wednesday following reports that the two rappers had a falling out over the “Lift Yourself” beat and West’s perceived role in the Pusha-T diss tracks “Infrared” and “The Story of Adidon.”
“Sending good energy and love to Drake and family and crew… I understand where the confusion started,” West tweeted. “Let me start by apologizing for stepping on your release date in the first place … We were building a bond and working on music together including squashing the issues with [Kid] Cudi at our office.”
In recent interviews, West admitted Drake was harboring some ill feelings over the “Lift Yourself” beat, which the Scorpion rapper wanted before West released the nonsensical single on streaming services.
“Because we spoke about doing Lift Yourself together I should have given you the opportunity for us to do this together before I released it,” West said.
West also apologized for Pusha-T’s “ghostwriter” references in “Infrared,” a not-so-subtle jab at Drake that launched the beef between the two rappers. “Since we were building as friends and brothers I should have spoken to Pusha about the Quentin Miller bar,” West tweeted. “There should have been no songs with my involvement that had any negative energy towards you.”
West’s Twitter apology came just days after an in-depth conspiracy theory alleging Drake’s affair with Kim Kardashian (the supposed “Keke” of “In My Feelings”) went viral. While Kardashian quashed the rumors, many of the issues between Drake and West posited in the theory – including Drake telling West about his “secret” son, a surprise meant for Scorpion‘s “March 14” but first used as fodder in “The Story of Adidon,” with the assumption that West told Pusha-T – were confirmed by West’s apology.
“I never listened to either diss track that followed but I did hear quotes from both songs after they were released. I did not have any conversations about your child with Pusha. I don’t play with the idea of people’s children after I spoke to Wiz [Khalifa] a few years earlier,” West tweeted, a reference to the rapper’s brief January 2016 beef with Khalifa.
“I understand Pusha’s issues as a man if someone mentions your fiancé men go mask off. I’ve done the same myself at times. I love you and I love Pusha and we all have an admiration for each other’s craft.”
Soon after “The Story of Adidon,” Drake was reportedly working on a diss track that would have been “career-ending” for West, according to Rap-A-Lot Records CEO J Prince, who is ultimately responsible for dousing the flames of the Drake/Pusha-T beef before it escalated further.
“This is all Jedi level,” West wrote to Drake. “I will be coming to your show within the next seven days to give love and be inspired by the art you have created.”