Drizzy first offered up the tribute at the opening night of his October World Weekend in July of 2022. He hosted the All Canadian North Stars concert at HISTORY, the Toronto venue he and Live Nation Canada opened in 2021.
Check out the clip below.
Drake and Bey began feuding earlier this month when the Brooklyn native discussed modern rap and the person at its forefront during a Patreon-exclusive interview with The Cutting Room Floor.
“Drake is pop to me,” Bey told host Recho Omondi. “In the sense like, if I was in Target in Houston and I heard a Drake song, it feels like a lot of his music is compatible with shopping. Or shopping with an edge, in certain instances.”
Though Bey did refer to the Canadian superstar’s music as “likeable,” he and Omondi had fun joking around about the idea of music that is an ideal backdrop for commerce.
“I love this mall!” Bey laughingly exclaimed. “They have everything here. This is the new Drake — you hear it?”
Drake hit back at the “Ms. Fat Booty” MC shortly after, with a little help from Method Man.
Taking to his Instagram Stories, Drake posted an old interview clip of Method Man while writing: “What umi say again? Lemme shine my light king don’t change up now,” referencing Bey’s classic song “Umi Says.”
The video in question finds the Wu-Tang Clan legend explaining what Hip Hop is to him.
“Hip Hop is a culture. It’s a way of life, the way you dress, the way you talk, the way you walk. It’s the breakdancing, rhymes, stage show, DJ, mixing and scratching, the wordplay. That’s Hip Hop,” he says.
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Yasiin Bey responded to Drake’s comeback, urging him to reach out if he wanted to discuss anything, while clarifying some of his earlier comments.
“Drake, if you’d like to speak to me directly, you can at any point,” Yasiin said. “I reached out to [Dave] Chappelle, actually reached out to you. I DM’d you. You are a very talented MC, but for me, I require more of myself and others than just talent or charm or charisma — particularly in times of urgent crisis.
“And what I would like to see in terms of creators or creative people in the world, as it relates to our culture, is for people to connect with us beyond the jukebox or the dance floor.”