In a recent appearance on the “Rap Today With Francis” podcast, poet and rapper Malik Yusef delved into the complex relationship between Kanye West and Drake, suggesting that it might be at the root of the antisemitic comments that stirred controversy around Kanye last year.
Yusef, a longtime collaborator of Kanye West, expressed his belief that Kanye’s controversial remarks may have been aimed at Drake. He stated, “I think they were for Drake. That’s what I think. I don’t know who else you would say that was. I have never directly worked with Drake ’cause Kanye asked me not to. He said, ‘Please don’t go work directly with Drake.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ ‘Cause Kanye’s brother, but I love Drake too, though. He asked Travis [Scott] the same thing, but Travis said no.”
Furthermore, Yusef questioned the authenticity of Kanye’s antisemitism, suggesting that it could be an act. He recounted instances of Kanye being seen with Jewish individuals, leading him to believe that it might be more about entertainment for Kanye.
Yusef then circled back to the Kanye-Drake dynamic, noting that Kanye’s anger towards Drake may not be justified. He opined, “I think that Drake loves Kanye, and that Kanye hates that Drake loves him… I don’t feel like him being angry with Drake has any credence because Drake has been nothing but kind and good and a good student of Kanye, so I don’t know where the anger comes from.”
Malik Yusef’s insights into this complex relationship shed light on the intricacies of the music industry and the personal dynamics that can influence public behavior and statements. Kanye West’s reputation took a hit following his antisemitic comments last year, resulting in various organizations severing ties with the artist.
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Derek Chan – Editor