Drake and Kanye West are two of the most successful artists in the music industry. Between the two of them, they have a combined 25 Grammies and made numerous hit records together, such as “All Of The Lights Remix,” “Deuces Remix,” “Forever,” “Blessings” and “Glow.”
Both are very successful artists in their own way, but what is like to be in the booth with each individual as they are creating these classic and timeless records?
Six-time Grammy Award Winning artist and producer Malik Yusef has worked with both artists together and separately on numerous occasions, including “Glow,” which was the last single that both artists worked on together in 2017. The single can be found on Drake’s “More Life” album.
“Kanye [West] is currently working right now. Our contract is that he calls me if he needs me, that is how are contract works. Kanye [West] notoriously likes to do his best to do albums without me. Every album he likes to make without me, and he always calls me at the last moment expect for 808 & Heartbreak. 808 I was were there at the very beginning of that album,” said Yusef. “Well, that’s not true 808, and “[My Beautiful] Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Well, you know what? To be honest, I was at the beginning of “College Dropout, ” “808,” “Dark Twisted Fantasy,” and a little bit of Cruel Summer, but I was more of a consultant, but Ye would prefer to make an album without me. And he did, made Jesus’ King without any input from me.”
Why is that the case?
“Its the friction, and I understand that. I’m not an easy person to work with or deal with in any kind of way. I’m a contrarian, I made a lot of money at a young age, and I have always had “Bad B****,” and I had the cars since I was sixteen years old, and I was dressing fresh, and I was popular As F***. So, that kind of influenced how I moved, and I’m not going to lie. So, it hard for me to be nice to people. I’m not a nice person I’m very kind, but I’m not a nice person,” Yusef said.
“And Kanye doesn’t want to deal with the conflict of me saying ‘No this is the single boy,’ and he responds it isn’t the single. He is outgrown Malik Yusef and now can fly anyone in that he needs to work with, and I respect that. Now, he doesn’t have to worry about the trial and tribulations of me saying “Bound 2″ is the single, and it is going to close out your concert. And he will say how’s it going to close out my concerts if it is not on my album.”
How was it like working with Drake on ‘Take Care”?
“Drake has a factory, so it is not the same as working with Kanye [West]. Drake is easy to work with he knows what he wants. Kanye likes the battle room, and Drake likes the victory parade if that make sense. Drake is an equally great soldier, general war mind, but he doesn’t spend all of his time critiquing everything,” shared Yusef. “He is more focused on planning his parade because he knows he is going to win. So, he gets off in that space, and Kanye gets off on screaming at people, yelling at people, and arguing. That’s what he loves. I understand that and that is what makes him the creative individual that he is.”
Drake and Kanye West haven’t worked together since the release of “Glow” due to numerous disses sent back and forth, which was sparked after the President of GOOD Music Pusha T on “Infrared” a single off his latest project “Daytona.”
In the single Pusha T referenced Drake’s ‘Glow,’ and mentioned that West was blinded by it. He also mentioned Quentin Miller was ghostwriting Drake’s lyrics reiterating what Meek Mill accused him of doing in 2015.
“It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin. At the mercy of a game where the culture’s missing,” said Pusha T.”When the CEO’s blinded by the glow, it’s different. Believe in myself and the Coles and Kendricks.”
Drake would respond with dissing Kanye West and Pusha T on the single “Duppy Freestyle.”
“So if you rebuke me for workin’ with someone else on a couple of Vs. What do you really think of the n*** that’s makin’ your beats? ” said Drake. “I’ve done things for him I thought that he never would need. Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me. I pop style for 30 hours, then let him repeat.”
However, what really got under Pusha T’s skin was when Drake mentioned his now-wife Virginia Williams.
“I told you keep playin’ with my name and I’ma let it ring on you Like Virginia Williams.”
Pusha T quickly responded with “The Story of Adidon” and shared that Drake was hiding a child from the world. He also mentioned Drake’s producer and friend OVO 40’s health issue.
Drake said he had a diss track-ready, but according to J. Prince (CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records), he persuaded Drake to not release his response because it would’ve “ended” Kanye.
West has made several attempts to speak with Drake even leaving his new number on Drake’s Porch, but no response from Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ singer.
In an interview with Rap Radar podcast, Drake revealed that he has no desire to end feuds with West and Pusha T.
“I think that he definitely recruited a guy [Pusha T] with a similar dislike for me no matter what he says in interviews,” Drake said. “There’s something there that bothers him deeply, and yeah, I can’t fix it for him. It just is what it is. I could never, ever, ever, ever turn my back on the things that I’ve said about him in a positive light… 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.”