Drake did not apologize for dissing fellow rapper Common in Stay Schemin, but he did retract from some harsh words he said about Kobe Bryant's soon-to-be-ex-wife, Vanessa Bryant.
In the song, written by Rick Ross and featuring both Drake and French Montana, Drake implies that the basketball's star's wife doesn't deserve the three mansions she was allotted Kobe's divorce because she didn't directly contribute to his career.
Kobe bout to lose 150 M's. Kobe my n*gga. I hate it had to be him. B*tch, you wasn't with me shootin' in the gym, Drake raps. The song, which contains explicit content, can be viewed here.
When asked to clarify about the line, the Canadian rapper apologized.
I just used his potential situation to address my own life. I never intended to offend Vanessa or anyone else. That line had everything to do with me and what goes on in my head as a 25-year-old man with this much income flowing in. Kobe is and always will be a friend and an icon to me, he told the blog.
According to the L.A. Times, property records show that the three mansions Bryant inherited from the divorce are valued at $18.8 million total. Legal experts told the paper that Vanessa will probably receive an additional $75 million.
Vanessa filed for divorce from Kobe Bryant on Dec. 16, citing irreconcilable differences.
The Bryant comment isn't the only line Drake has gotten negative attention for. Drake also referenced fellow rapper Common in Stay Schemin as part of a feud between the two that began when Common dropped his track Sweet in November.
Don't be ducking like you never wanted nothin'/It's feeling like rap changed, it was a time it was rugged/Back when if a n*gga reached, it was for the weapon/Nowadays n---as reach just to sell their record.
About three weeks ago, Common responded to the line with a remix of Stay Schemin, using his own verses aimed at Drake.
I'm taking too long with this amateur guy, he rapped. You ain't wet nobody, n*gga, you Canada Dry!