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Drizzy and Hov currently seem to be the best of enemies. But once upon a time they couldn't get enough of each other. Join us as we look at the history of Drake and Jay Z's relationship.
Jay Z and Drizzy's relationship got off to a good start when Drake featured on Jay Z's no. 1 selling album 'The Blueprint 3.' Drake's vocals were used on the chorus of 'Off That' but the song wasn't released. Picture: Getty
A year on from their first collaboration Jay Z returned the favour, featuring on his debut studio album 'Thank Me Later.' While Drake raps about his rise to the top Hov comes in with some coincidental advice for Drizzy: "Drake, here's how they gon' come at you/ With silly rap feuds, trying to distract you." It's like Jay Z knew. Picture: Getty
Drake lost out on the 'Best Rap Solo Performance' award at the 2009 Grammys to Jay Z's 'D.O.A' (off the same album Drizzy featured on - 'The Blueprint 3'). In an interview with Billboard two years later; he said: "The one that really got to me was when I lost to 'D.O.A.' for 'Best I Ever Had.' That one to me was, like, really?" But he did save himself; "Not to say that Jay-Z isn't the most incredible rapper and that 'D.O.A.' wasn't a good song."
Jay Z obviously didn't take any offence to Drake's comment as a few years later they were back in the studio together. Drizzy sent Jay Z 'Pound Cake' who wanted to use it on his 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' album, but in the ended they decided on Drake using it on 'Nothing Was The Same.' All very amicable. Picture: Getty
Drake and Jay Z's relationship is at its peak when Drizzy says of their relationship in an interview on Hot 97: "It's one of the strongest, if not the strongest [of with any rapper] ... He's just like an incredible mentor to me." When asked if he felt he was on the same level as Jay Z, Drake modestly responded: "I'll forever be looking up at those guys."
In February Drake's highly anticipated interview with Rolling STone was published. In it, he was quoted as saying: " “It's like Hov can't drop bars these days without at least four art references! I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny." DID DRAKE JUST CALL JAY Z 'CORNY?'
Jay Z's been busy following Beyonce around on her European tour, but as soon as he's home there's no messing about. Jay Z drops a remix of 'We Made It' with Jay Electronica, and he's not happy with Drizzy. He raps: “Sorry Mrs Drizzy for so much art talk. Silly me rappin bout sh*t that I really bought. While these rappers rap about guns they ain't shot…and a bunch of other silly sh*t that they ain't got!” Ouch.
Silence. A week went by. Was Drake going to reply?
OK, so there's no direct response to Jay Z on 'Draft Day,' but as soon as April hit Drake did come out with something new and parts of the song do feel like they could be aimed at Hov, e.g: "I'm focused on makin' records and getting' bigger. Just hits, no misses (MRS?), that's for the married folk!" Could the 'Misses' be a swipe at Jay?
No ones sure what bit is about who on Drake's 'Draft Day' although there have been a lot of theories. Let's not forget the beef was about art work, so it's likely this lyric is about Jay Z: "I think I'm on my eighth flow, just watch me paint flow. We all do it for the art, so I can never hate though." Is that an olive branch? We'll see what happens next.
During the Toronto Raptors Vs. Brooklyn Nets, Drake took a shot at Jay Z while commenting, telling his co-commentators Hov wasn't there because he was "somewhere eating a fondue plate".
Uh oh. The feud continued on DJ Khaled's new single, with Jay Z hitting back at Drake's diss with the subliminal message: "Wrong sports, boy, you know you soft as the lacrosse team."
Drake kicked off 2016 with a hard-hitting freestyle called 'Summer Sixteen', which included the line "I used to want to be in Roc A Fella, then I turned into Jay". This sparked outrage among some fans who felt Drizzy was disrespecting Jay Z's legacy.
Drake shocked the rap world when he recruited Kanye West & Jay Z (aka The Throne) for his song 'Pop Style'. However Hov sparked some controversy after he decided to only rap one line, which some interpreted as a dig at Drake. "They still out to get me they don't get it/ I can not be got and that's a given."
Speaking about why he decided to put his Drake-only version of 'Pop Style' on his album 'Views', Drizzy revealed that he didn't expect Hov to be on the song. "I was just having a conversation with Kanye and that just landed on my lap. I dealt with it accordingly. It didn't exactly play out how I would have wanted to, as far as business or whatever goes, so I just figured it would be easier to go with my version." Picture: Getty
Fans speculated that Jay Z took shots at Drake following his verse on DJ Khaled's single 'Shining'. The New York rapper said: "I know y'all ain't talkin' numbers, right? / I know y'all ain't talkin' summers, right? / I know you ain't walkin' 'round talkin' down / Sayin’ boss sh*t when you a runner, right?" Jay appeared to be referencing Drake's verse on 'Summer Sixteen'.
During his '4:44' tour in Toronto, JAY-Z surprised fans by remixing Drake and Giggs' collaboration 'KMT', which appeared on the Canadian's 'More Life' playlist project. According to reports, Drake later treated JAY-Z and Beyonce to a meal at a restaurant in the city. Picture: Getty
JAY-Z appeared to send a message to Drake on his collaborative Beyonce album 'Everything Is Love'. On 'Boss' he rapped:" No cap, false n*gga you not a boss, you got a boss/ N*ggas getting jerk, that sh*t hurts, I take it personally/ N*ggas rather work for the man than to work with me/ Just so they can pretend they on my level, that sh*t is irkin' to me/ Pride always goeth before the fall, almost certainly." Picture: Getty
JAY-Z and Drake continued their complicated relationship by taking a picture together for the first time in 5 years. The pair, who collaborated on Drake's song 'Talk Up', appeared to "squash" their long-running feud backstage during JAY-Z and Beyonce's 'OTRII' tour in Detroit. Picture: Instagram