Breaking Down Drake Vs. Kanye West: A Detailed History
Both rappers have a laundry list of achievements in this category. Drake had his famous feud with Chris Brown—allegedly over Rihanna—which resulted in a club fight and, bizarrely, an eye injury to San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, while he also beefed with Common, most notably tossing bars at him on “Stay Schemin’.” Then there’s Kendrick Lamar, who called out Drake among others in his verse on Big Sean’s “Control”; Drake responded to Billboard by saying that Kendrick was not murdering him in any lane right now, after which K.Dot sent a soft blow back, telling GQ, “We’re pretty cool. I mean, I would be okay if we weren’t.”
Then there’s Kanye, who made his biggest waves going after country-singing sweethearts and American presidents. It’s tired now to rehash his interruption of Taylor Swift at the VMAs (“Beyoncé had the best video OF ALL TIME!”) or his assertion on a live telecast for Hurricane Katrina that George Bush doesn’t like Black people. But the Obama one is fresh; after interrupting Swift, Obama called Kanye a “jackass,” to which Yeezy only recently responded, saying, “He’s just trying to be cool in front of a room full of people that would be judging him, also.” That one seems still fresh.