Drake and DMX buried their beef before his death.
The OVO rapper reportedly plans to revisit his rivalry with the late rap icon on an upcoming episode of REVOLT’s “Drink Champs” podcast. Host Noreaga met up with Drake last night and revealed that he was instrumental in squashing the near-decade-old beef with some help from Drake’s producer Noah “40” Shebib.
“U see my face and u know why I’m here !!!” Noreaga wrote alongside a photo of him and Drake in L.A. “A lot of people don’t know but I squashed the beef between dmx and drake thru my boy 40 but we Will save that for drinkchamps !!! Gotta big up Ovo 40!!!”
Back in 2012, DMX shared his distaste for Drake. “I don’t like anything about Drake. I don’t like his fucking voice. I don’t like the shit he talks about,” he told “The Breakfast Club.” “I don’t like his face. I don’t like the way he walks, like nothing. I don’t like his haircut.”
He also ridiculed the Canadian rapper in an interview with MTV’s “RapFix Live.” “He has talent, but it’s kinda redundant, it’s kinda the same all the time to me personally. It’s an annoying sound,” said the Ruff Ryders icon, who compared Drake’s sound to a washing machine.
Additionally, DMX disapproved of Drake’s involvement in a posthumous Aaliyah album, which was eventually scrapped. “How do you disregard what this woman did? What this beautiful angel did and say, ‘Oh OK, I’m gonna take it for myself because I’m hot right now and I’m feelin’ myself,’” DMX said at the time. “How do you just go there with it? Your balls ain’t that big, son.”
However, the two later resolved their issues after Drake sampled DMX’s “How’s It Goin’ Down” on his 2016 Views track “U With Me?”
“I did always say that he was a talented lyricist, but I was not a fan,” X said during a 2016 interview with “The Breakfast Club.” “[It was] another humbling experience. Like, Yo, you didn’t like this dude for all the wrong reasons… But for him to take the effort–first, to want to use a song of mine–and then to be man enough to reach out and make that call. I was like, homie, hat’s off, man. That was a real move. It took a man to make a move like that. I salute him for that.”
At the end of the day, he realized that Drake was a fan. “He was like, ‘Yo man, [me and 40], you raised us, man,” said X. “I was like, wow. Here you are, feeling this way, not knowing that they love you, son.”
DMX died Friday, a week after suffering a heart attack. He was 50. In the wake of his passing, his family and friends have shared loving tributes on social media.