Kanye West, the artist also known as “Ye,” has invited Drake to appear “as a special guest” at a previously unannounced December 7 event in Los Angeles. In a video originally posted to the Instagram account of Houston impresario and Rap-A-Lot CEO J Prince, Ye read prepared remarks from his phone, acknowledging his beef with Drake, saying “it’s time to put it to rest.” Check out the video and a full transcript of his statement below.
In his caption on the Instagram post, J Prince said he met Ye last night (November 7) at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, and passed on a message from Larry Hoover, who expressed wishes to see peace between the two artists. Hoover, a co-founder of Chicago’s Gangster Disciples gang, is currently incarcerated at ADX Florence in Colorado; his story is mentioned on West’s latest album Donda, which includes words from Hoover’s son Larry Hoover Jr. Ye says in his statement that the “ultimate purpose” of the event would be to “free Larry Hoover.”
Ye’s full statement reads:
Last week Ye further inflamed the beef with Drake on Noreaga’s Drink Champs podcast, saying he would beat Drake in a Verzuz, and comparing their rivalry to Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield’s. Pitchfork has reached out to Drake’s representatives for comment.
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