People Think Kanye West Called Out Drake For 'Copying' His Performance

by Anna Menta

It looks like Kanye West's latest beef might be with none other than Aubrey Graham, aka Drake.

Wait, wait, wait. Hold on a minute. I thought Kanye West and Drake were totally BFFs for life and were writing an album together?

Well, don't get too teary about the end of the bromance just yet because it's all still rumors.

But it does sort of seem like Kanye maybe threw shade Drake's way at Ye's concert in Edmonton on Saturday.

Or at least, that's what some people are assuming happened.

While he was in the middle of peforming "Freestyle 4" from his new album The Life of Pablo, Kanye suddenly called for the music to stop so he could make an announcement to the concert goers.

Kanye shouted to the crowd,

This the original. Accept no imitations!

As far as Kanye-isms go, that is pretty tame and run-of-the-mill. But then, Kanye got a bit more specific about those "imitations" he was referring to.

@Drake#SaintPabloTour #Edmonton pic.twitter.com/52fFGcx80L — MOSE$_TRIll (@MoseTrill) October 17, 2016

He said,

Niggas be copying my shit, bro. Stealin' our shit, stealin' stages. Copying our shit one-to-one.

So what does this have to do with Drake?

Well, first of all, Kanye was in Canada, and Drake is, like, at least the fifth most famous Canadian.

Second of all, there are some (very faint) rumblings Drake has been copying Kanye's stage design for his Views tour.


And finally, Kanye recently introduced the much-talked-about "floating stage" to his Pablo act.

Apparently, Drake also included moving or suspended stage aspects into his past shows, but he's also been doing that for years. (And a moving stage isn't exactly a brand new idea in the music world.)


So perhaps that's what led TMZ to first speculate Yeezy was stirring up trouble with Drizzy.

However, while it's clear Kanye was pissed off at some rapper, it seems unlikely the culprit would be Drake.

I mean, Kanye helped Drake produce a love song for Rihanna, for Pete's sake!

On the other hand, Drake and Rihanna aren't together anymore, so maybe there is some validity to the beef theory.

Citations: Kanye West calls out rappers—possibly Drake—for stealing his stage design (Mashable)