Art can really play a huge influence in music. Who would have thought that two of Hip-Hop’s biggest names would be going at it over a comment made about Art references in lyrics. During an interview at the Raptors’ NBA playoffs opener vs. the Brooklyn Nets last saturday, Drake ignited some more fire when he told some Toronto Sports Network Commentators about a possible location of Jay Z during the game. If you don’t know, Drake is the global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors and was born and raised in the city of Toronto, CA. Brooklyn born Jay Z on the other hand helped bring the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, NY a few years ago. He had a share in the organization which he recently sold to the current head coach Jason Kidd. TSN commentators asked Drake how he felt about the Raptors’ first playoffs game since 2008 and Drake said this:
It’s a red-hot revival in here tonight. It’s the uprising, man. KG [Kevin Garnett] is frustrated, the young boys are out tonight […] this is the people’s team, the Toronto Raptors. Jay Z is somewhere eating a fondue plate.
Check out the full interview with TSN Sports & Drake here. What we see here is simple competitiveness between two rappers whose respective cities are battling for the top spot in the NBA Playoffs. But you could say Drake and Jay Z have had this very minor beef since Drake said in a Rolling Stones article that Jay Z, one of his mentors and idols made too many art references in his music. Drake said:
It’s like Hov’ can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references. I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole Rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny
Jay Z, obviously offended by it then returned the favor with a diss on a Jay Electronica track titled ‘We Made It‘ which actually was a recent song released by Drake. Jay Z came back to say this:
Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk, Silly me rappin’ ’bout shit that I really bought, While these rappers rap about guns they ain’t shot, And a bunch of other silly shit that they ain’t got.
Drake then calmed down that beef by shouting out his Jay Z with a verse from a more recent track ‘Draft Day‘ in which he says:
– We all do it for the art so I could never hate though.
No worries guys, since we all know Drake & Jay Z are basically in competition in the Hip-Hop world. Drake has worked with Jay Z on his debut album ‘Thank Me Later’, on his third LP “Nothing Was The Same” and has been featured on Jay Z & Beyonce songs & projects over recent years. Jay Z has given Drake the blessing from the Rap Gods and there is no beef here, just merely some good old competitive spirit.