In a surprising turn of events, Kanye West has called for a truce on his 12-year feud with Drake.
The feud between the two rappers has spanned years. Just last week, West mentioned his back-and-forth with Drake when he appeared on the Drink Champs podcast.
It got intensified in 2018, after Drake accused Kanye of leaking private information about his son, Adonis, now 3 to his other rap nemesis Pusha T and rumors that he had hooked up with West’s now-estranged wife Kim Kardashian West, who has denied any romance with Drake.
Reflecting on the drama in a 2019 interview with Rap Radar podcast, Drake said;
“I could never ever ever ever turn my back on the things that I’ve said about him in a positive light, and I still feel all those same things,” he said. “He’s still my, obviously with the exception of Lil Wayne … and if I look at Hov as the guy who truly shaped the majority of my thinking, skill set, all those things, Kanye West would be my favorite artist all around. And that’s just facts. I have no problem saying that. Things have changed. I’m not just some kid that’s a fan anymore. Now we have personal situations, and like I said, a lot of his issues with me, I can’t fix them for him.”
However, in a surprising turn, in a video shared by music executive J. Prince, the Donda rapper called for an end to their ongoing feud. He said;
“This is Ye and J. Prince. I’m making this video to address the ongoing back-and-forth between myself and Drake. Both me and Drake have taken shots at each other, and it’s time to put it to rest.”
Kanye went on to invite Drake to join him onstage in a collaborative concert, in a bid to put their “pride to the side” and “come together” to help free convicted criminal Larry Hoover.
Kanye said, “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.
Larry Hoover is the co-founder of the gang Chicago’s Gangster Disciples, who was found guilty of ordering a killing in 1973 and sentenced to serve life in prison. In 1997, Hoover received another six life sentences, after he was found guilty on multiple counts of continued gang activity while in prison.
Kanye has long attempted to free Larry Hoover. Just earlier this year, Kanye featured Hoover’s son, Larry Hoover Jr., on his song “Jesus Lord,” which appears on his latest album, Donda.