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The personal feud between Drake and Kanye West has spilled over to their respective new albums.
The conflict was said to have started when West allegedly revealed in public Drake’s home address.
Since then, the two rap stars have been at odds — and somehow, it’s also reflected in the competition between their new albums
Pitchfork reported on 12 September, quoting Billboard, that Drake’s Certified Lover Boy has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and had “the best week for any album release this year.”
It has toppled West’s chart-topping Donda (which slipped to No. 2), and marks Drake’s 10th No. 1 album.
“Certified Lover Boy sold 613,000 equivalent album units, making it the biggest week for an album since Taylor Swift’s Folklore sold 846,000 units in 2020,” according to Billboard.
The Pitchfork report said: “Of Drake’s full-length releases in the past decade, only last year’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes has failed to make a No. 1 debut.
“After a rollout that extended for nearly a year, Drake released Certified Lover Boy on 3 September, just a few days after Donda was released on 29 August (supposedly without West’s permission).
“Despite its shorter release period, Donda debuted at No. 1 on 5 September, with the distinction of having the biggest release week of 2021 at the time, moving 309,000 equivalent album units.
“The rappers have remained at odds as they’ve proceeded with their respective album campaigns, with Drake using his verse on Trippie Redd’s ‘Betrayal’ to mention West in August.
“West returned fire on Instagram, and Drake appeared to take another dig at West on Certified Lover Boy’s ‘7 a.m. on Bridle Path.’”
Things got more heated when Drake played West’s “Life of the Party” on SiriusXM, which Pitchfork said was “a Donda outtake that included a diss verse about Drake. The track also featured a guest spot from André 3000, who explained his involvement on the track and expressed disappointment about the leak.”
André 3000 wrote in a statement: “It’s unfortunate that it was released in this way and two artists that I love are going back and forth.”