Drake wasn’t “trolling” Kanye West by sampling Kim Kardashian on his new song “Rescue Me,” his father has claimed.
The Toronto hitmaker played a snippet of the unreleased track during an episode of Sound 42’s The Fry Yiy Show on SiriusXM Radio last Friday (March 31).
Shortly after the first verse, Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner are heard talking about Kim’s emotional state during her divorce from Ye.
“I didn’t come this far, just to come this far and not be happy, remember that,” Kim said. The sample comes from the 2021 season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Kanye and Kim’s seven-year marriage was officially dissolved in March 2022 when both parties were ruled to be legally single. The reality star initially filed for divorce in February 2021, with “differences in lifestyle and politics” at the heart of their issues, according to TMZ.
The sample choice led many fans to believe that Drake was taunting Kanye, with whom he’s had a rocky relationship in recent years. But according to Drizzy’s father Dennis Graham, that wasn’t the case.
“Drake is not trolling anyone, it’s just a song,” the 68-year-old allegedly wrote in an Instagram comment earlier this week in response to the narrative surrounding the song. “Why try and create a Kanye and Drake beef again??????????????? [palm face emojis].”
Drakes father says it’s just a song and Drake is not trolling anyone. pic.twitter.com/Ts0NCIeOYW
— RH (@RiHar_) April 4, 2023
Drake previously shared a snippet of “Rescue Me” on his Instagram Stories last month. The track was produced by BNYX, who is best known for his work with Yeat and Ty Dolla $ign.
Rapping in a laidback flow over a driving, piano-laced beat, the 6 God can be heard detailing what he’s looking for in an ideal partner, including patience, trust, honesty and ambition; however, fame isn’t a prerequisite to date Drizzy.
“I need someone to be patient with me/ Someone to get money, would not take it from me/ They don’t even need to be as famous as me/ I don’t think I meet ’em at the places I be/ But deep down I think about you all day, mami,” he spits.
His verse continues: “I know I’m a pitbull, but dalé, mami/ I just wanna take you on a holiday, mami/ Say what’s on your mind, I’m a call away, mami/ Come and rescue me/ Take me out the club, take me out the trap/ Take me off the market, take me off the map/ I’m tryna hit the group chat and tell ’em.”
As for his relationship with Kanye West, things have quietened down since Drizzy and Yeezy reconciled for the “Free Larry Hoover” benefit concert in December 2021, which came after a series of explosive exchanges in the run up to their respective albums, Certified Lover Boy and Donda.
However, their feud did threaten to reignite last year when Drake implied that he only reunited with Ye as a favor to Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince, who brokered their peace treaty in Toronto weeks before the Larry Hoover show.
“Linking with the opps, bitch, I did that shit for J. Prince/ Bitch, I did it for the mob ties,” he rapped on “Circo Loco,” from his Her Loss album with 21 Savage.
Kanye responded on Twitter, writing: “Enough already I done gave this man his flowers multiple times[.] Let’s really see who are real ops are in this music game. Imagine all the rappers on the same side and everyone cleaning up each others contracts It’s kingdom time[.] Love Drake #lovespeech.”