Swizz Beatz Addresses Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Diss, Reveals Kanye Wanted ‘Verzuz’ Battle Against Him

The ongoing beef between Drake and Kanye

West could’ve played out on the Verzuz stage—that is, if

Kanye got his way.


During a recent interview with Angie Martinez, Swizz

Beatz revealed ’Ye was willing to go hit-for-hit against

his most prominent foe but says he and Verzuz co-

creator Timbaland weren’t pushing for such battle.


“Kanye was willing to do the Verzuz … He wanted to

battle Drake,” Swizz told Martinez. “I left that up to

them, and that’s what I told to Timb, as well. I was like,

‘Yo, they have to bring that to the table.’ They would have

to agree to do that. Kanye was ready, but I don’t know

where that’s at now. I’m still leaving it on them.”


It’s unclear when Kanye expressed his interest in

battling Drake, but it seems the discussions took place

before their recent exchange of diss records. Earlier this

month, Drake leaked Kanye’s “Life of the Party” track, in

which he took shots at Drizzy and referenced that viral

group chat in which he warned, “You will never


The leak came shortly after Drake took aim at ‘Ye in

Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal” cut where he rapped: “All

these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know/Forty-five,

forty-four (Burned out), let it go/Ye ain’t changin’ shit

for me, it’s set in stone.”

Drake seemingly reloaded on Kanye in his Certified

Lover Boy track “7am on Bridle Path”: “You over there

in denial, we not neck and neck/It’s been a lot of years

since we seen you comin’ correct/Man, fuck a

‘respectfully,’ I just want my respect/They tried to label

me mean, I say what I mean/People that could’ve stayed

on the team.”


The OVO rapper also took aim at Swizz in the CLB song,

“You Only Live Twice,” featuring Rick Ross and Lil

Wayne. The track appears to reference Swizz’s

Instagram Live comments back in 2020, when he called

Drake a “pussy” over an unreleased Busta Rhymes

collab. Swizz apologized for his remarks shortly after,

but Drake clearly had more to say on the matter.


“Unthinkable when I think of the way these n***as been

acting/I never did you nothing and you play like we

family, huh?” he rapped in “You Only Live Twice.” “Next

thing, you wanna shoot me down, it can’t be love/Not

sure where you was trynna send it, it can’t be up/That

day you sounded like a b*tch, you fancy, huh?”

Swizz addressed the diss while speaking to Martinez,

insisting he has no beef with Drake.


“I’m chilling. A lot of people want to see me react and do

all these things, but I’m in such a great zone,” Swizz

explained. “I said how I felt, he said how he felt. Hey,

man I guess we even. As far as now, I’m good … and I

actually like the song.”


He continued: “And he didn’t go too crazy in the record

also, you know? He could have said many things, that

man is a clever artist. He could’ve really, really, really

gave me about 40 bars. He said what he said. He got it off

his chest. Blessing to everybody.” These are the masters

of aggression, where getting things off your chest

translate into big numbers.


Source: Tyshawn smith

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