He helped unleash a bitter feud with Drake through a series of diss songs that were produced by Pusha-T in 2018.
Now Kanye West is opening up to his former friend, albeit indirectly.
During an interview with David Letterman broadcast on Netflix next Friday, the 41-year-old rapper and producer refused to refer to Drake by name.
Mom is the word: Kanye West, 41, revealed that he is not allowed to refer to Drake in an upcoming episode of My next guest does not need David Letterman.
"An artist I won't talk about, because I don't have the permission to mention him or any of his family … Well, last year we had a little bit of beef," says Kanye in his episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
He went on to reveal that he was referring to Drake quoting a phrase from rapper Hotline Bling.
"He has this line that I love, which says:" I told my story and made history ", how he made his story and made history. This is what we do, we tell our story and therefore people refer to that story ".
"I have a friend who told me that my power is my influence," he continued. "And I said that my power is my ability not to be influenced."
Sealed lips: "An artist I won't talk about, because I don't have the permission to mention him or any of his family … Well, last year we had a little bit of beef," says Kanye
Praise: "He has this line that I love, that says," I told my story and made history ", how he made his story and made history. This is what we do, we tell our story and therefore people refer to that story & # 39;
Presumably Kanye's ban on mentioning Drake comes from his own advertising characters, although silence could be an attempt to avoid any fodder for a libel suit.
But referring to their feud in the past and identifying one of the 6 lines of God for praise, Kanye seems to suggest that he has overcome his initial fury.
C & # 39 were already signs at the beginning of this year that Drake had calmed down a little. He approached Monster's artist to clean up an instrumental sample from his song Say You Will, who originally beat Sota Gone in his 2009 mixtape.
Drake had to delete the sample to put the tape on the streaming services at the beginning of this year, and Kanye gave him the thumbs-up.
In a post on Instagram for the 10th anniversary of So Far Gone at the start of this year, Drake thanked his friend and mentor.
& # 39; @kanyewest about ten years ago I beat up your pace because you just did the best shit and even if you stay wild on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career.
Relaxed: Kanye's statement seems to imply that he calmed down on his feud with God 6
Songs of Diss: Kanye and Drake started making the first fights after Kanye produced a series of disses for fellow rapper Pusha-T
The former friends and occasional collaborators damaged their relationship last year, when Kanye produced the critically acclaimed album Daytona of Pusha-T, which saw numerous shots at Drake.
After the Canadian rapper responded with his Duppy Freestyle, Pusha released The Story Of Adidon, which publicly revealed the existence of Drake's son.
Reportedly, he had played a track privately for Kanye at the beginning of that year revealing the child's existence, leading Drake to believe that Kanye had passed on the information to Pusha. (The information ultimately comes from the longtime producer of Drake, Noah & # 39; 40 & # 39; Shebib.)
Some fans even speculated that Drake could have hinted at a relationship with Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian in In My Feelings.
The feud intensified in December, when Kanye stated on Twitter that Drake had called and threatened, even though the two musicians seemed to interrupt any obvious communication after that point.
Going into it: Letterman also spoke to Kanye about his support for Trump and how he faced his mother's death
In addition to mentioning Drake, the clips for David Letterman's next special showed a touching story told by Jesus Walks' rapper about the desperate search for a stuffed bear his mother gave him after his untimely death.
A teaser trailer for the entire season includes a clip of Kanye that talks about his struggles with bipolar disorder in a more direct way than before.
Letterman, never a fan of Donald Trump, also spoke with the rapper about his support for the president.
Although he apparently walks away supporting politicians, he defends those who support him, saying "Liberal bullies who are Trump's supporters!"
The second season of "My next guest needs no introduction" by David Letterman will debut on Friday 31 May on Netflix.
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