Drake surprised everyone when he revealed the tracklist and features to his latest album, Scorpion. That list would include posthumous vocals from both the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and Static Major and astoundingly, Jay-Z.
The 6 God and Hov have traded their share of shots in the past, but clearly, have a mutual respect for each other. Take a look at their past history.
This is not the first time to two artists have traded bars on a track. Drake called on Jay for his debut album, Thank Me Later (2010) as well as Nothing Was the Same (2013). Hov’s verse on Thank Me Later’s, “Light Up” both warned and advised Drake about “silly rap beefs trying to distract you.” The Scorpion rapper has endured a number of these over his nine-year run at the top of his game. At the time of Nothing Was The Same’s release, “Pound Cake” solidified Aubrey Graham’s place as one of music’s top-tier artists.
The OVO honcho calls on DJ Paul for production on “Talk Up.” In an interview with Vibe, the Three 6 Mafia rapper and producer claimed to have known Lil Wayne’s protege for quite some time. Both Paul and Drake’s dad Dennis Graham are from Memphis and have the same attorney as well.
“He (Drake) hit me up for a beat, which I couldn’t f*****g believe,” said the Academy Award-winning artist. “I sent it to him, and he loved it.”
Paul went on to also share their mutual love for each other’s music. Three 6 Mafia is one of the pioneers of Southern Hip-Hop.
In “Talk Up,” Drake raps in a bravado that compliments the song, while Hov mentions the recent death of XXXTentacion: “I got your President tweeting, I won’t even meet with him / Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live, streets is done.”
George Zimmerman is responsible for the death of unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin, who is walking around freely. XXX experienced a tragic death, after being gunned down in Florida.
Scorpion is currently available on Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify.