Drake is flashing his Swiftie fan badge on the new song Red Button, which finds the rapper praising the pop superstar’s chart supremacy.
The track, which appears on his new EP Scary Hours 3, contains the lyrics: “Taylor Swift the only n—- that I ever rated/ Only one could make me drop the album just a little later/ Rest of y’all, I treat you like you never made it.”
But it isn’t all love. Drake also drops a verse bashing his on-and-off pal Kanye West on the song.
“Every time that Yeezy called a truce, he had my head inflated/ Thinkin’ we gon’ finally peace it up and get to levitatin’,” the Canadian artist raps. “Realize that everything premeditated/ Everyone was good with me, then everyone expression faded.”
Drake and Swift have had a friendship that goes back years, but the two often find themselves competing on the charts. When Swift released 2022’s Midnights, Drake delayed his joint album with 21 Savage by two weeks. Last month, Drake’s For All the Dogs and Swift’s re-release of 1989 both dropped two weeks apart. The two are locked in a perpetual Billboard chart battle for most number one hits (Drake is currently in the lead).
At the Grammys, Swift has more hardware (12 trophies), but Drake has earned more noms (55).
But for as long as they’ve been friends — and chart rivals — fans have been thirsting for a musical collab featuring the pair.
Last spring, Swift’s fans were in their feelings when the Toronto rapper posted a photo of the duo to his Instagram.
“They too soft to understand the meaning of hard work,” he captioned the post.
In 2016, when Swift attended Drake’s 30th birthday party, rumours that the duo were working on new songs together went into overdrive.
“Is that velvet?” Drake, 35, captioned the photo, which Swift “liked.”
Swift even tapped Drake and Future’s Jumpman for a 2016 Apple Music ad in which she runs and sings along to the song before taking a tumble on a treadmill. Just a few days after Swift’s ad hit the web, Forbes reported that sales of Drizzy’s song jumped 431% around the world.
Drake later repaid the favour with his own Apple Music ad in which he worked out to Swift’s Bad Blood.
“Seeing Taylor Swift in person is always fun for me,” he told Extra in 2010. “I bought this Taylor Swift T-shirt the other day that I might wear tonight.”
Drake announced Scary Hours 3 with a video shot at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.
“I feel no need to appease anybody. I feel so confident about the body of work that I just dropped and I know I can go and disappear for whatever. Six months, a year, two years,” Drake says in a voiceover as a car drives through the streets of the Grammy winner’s hometown.
“Though I’m not into the lengthy, super-lengthy disappearances just for the sake of mystery,” he laughs, as he heads into the venue and is handed a glass of red wine. “You know, ultimately it’s coming to me in a way that I haven’t experienced since (2015’s) If You’re Reading This (It’s Too Late) where it’s just kind of like I feel like I’m on drugs.”
He continues: “I feel like I’m in that mental state without doing anything … I did those songs in the last five days … It’s not like I’m picking up from some unfinished s***. You know, this is just happening on its own. And who am I to fight it?”
Musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led by TSO music director Gustavo Gimeno then break into Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture La forza del destino.
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