A History Of Jay Z Vs. Drake
Drake and Jay Z’s rivalry is a must-watch battle right now. The big brother vs. little brother feud can probably be traced all the way back to Drake’s attention-grabbing line on “I’m On One” where he raps, “I’m just feeling like the throne is for the taking, watch me take it!” during Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne album run.
Drake adamantly stated at the time that the line was in no way a Jay Z diss, even addressing it on Twitter.
Hov diss? Hov of all people has not lost it…that’s god body flow.
— Drizzy (@Drake) May 20, 2011
Next we see the two megastars rap together on Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music” finds the master and the student trading verses—which is reminiscent of “Light Up” off of Drake’s debut album, Thank Me Later— but it’s very clear that Drizzy sees himself now more as Jay’s peer than pupil and demands mutual respect. “Look, fuck all that ‘Happy to be here’ shit that y’all want me on/I’m the big homie, they still be tryna lil bro me, dog” Drake makes it clear that he is the big homie too, which he talks about in detail in XXL‘s 150th issue.
What ignited the feud between Jay Z and Drake is without a doubt Drizzy’s Rolling Stone feature in which he comments on Hov’s love for fine art. “It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references!” says Drizzy. “I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.”
Jay Z responded on Jay Electronica’s remix of “We Made It” rapping, “Sorry, Mr. (or Mrs.) Drizzy, for so much art talk/Silly me rappin’ ’bout shit that I really bought.”
Drake responded back with a quick jab on “Draft Day,” rapping, “just hits, no misses, that’s for the married folk.”
Faith would put Jay Z’s hometown team the Brooklyn Nets facing Drake’s Toronto Raptors in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
During game one of the series between the Nets and the Raptors, Drake, who is the Global Ambassador for the Raptors, stuck a jab at Jay Z once again, saying Hov was “somewhere eating a fondue plate.”
Jay had the last laugh on DJ Khaled’s “They Don’t Love You No More” single, calling Drake as “soft as a lacrosse team.”
Plus the practical joke on Drake during game 6 at the Barclays Center, which Jay Z, Beyonce and Drake attended.
Add the fact that the Nets won the series—which Jay Z made sure to point out on Twitter—things can only get more interesting.
Congrats Toronto on a hard fought series. #spreadloveitsthebrooklynway
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) May 4, 2014
Is this a bonafide beef? Not yet. The two are just super competitive, and Drake isn’t afraid to voice his opinion against anyone, even against the untouchable Jay Z. Let’s see who takes the next swing.