Kanye West came clean about the whole situation at his latest stop on the Saint Pablo tour. He was just about to launch into a segment where he covered his biggest guest verses when he got into the details.
“Y’all didn’t get what y’all were supposed to get with me and Drake on this song because of some Tidal/Apple bullsh-t,” Kanye West said. “Every time I perform this song I think about this sh-t. I think about the politics. I think about how hard I go for music, for art, for y’all.”
He also explained that it was never part of the plan for Jay Z to be on the track.
“I start freestyling to it. Jay thought of a couple of lines. I said, ‘Just go ahead, throw that on there. He’ll be so surprised, he probably won’t expect you to be on there,'” Kanye West explained. “We sent it back to him and he was like, ‘Oh sh-t, the Throne is on this sh-t.’ Then Jay thought about it, and out of respect to Meek Mill he didn’t want to be on the track.”
Meek Mill was signed to Jay Z’s label and had previously been feuding with Drake.
Kanye West tried to persuade everybody that it could work out, but ultimately, it was a no-go. “I said, ‘Look, I’ll call Drake, I’ll call Meek, I’ll call y’all. We’ve got to squash this sh-t and let people have this song.’ But then it went out of that and went into some Tidal, some political sh-t, some sh-t about percentages on songs. I can’t take this sh-t, bro,” he concluded.
So there you have it. Politics between companies got in the way of some really sick verses being added to Drake’s track “Pop Style.” We should have known better than to think the truth wouldn’t come out eventually.