Whatever you think about Kanye West and Drake – and there is a lot to think – both know how to put on a hell of a show. They did that last week, squashing their endless beef by performing a show together in Los Angeles as a benefit to free the incarcerated Larry Hoover (though, as Stereogum noted, neither said a word about him onstage). And as part of that show, Kanye’s first since 2016, they not only performed together; they covered each other’s songs while the other watched.
First, West tackled “Find Your Love,” off of Drake’s 2010 debut Thank Me Later. Wearing bright red work gloves and striding around a cloudy stage that cost a reported $10 million (hey, it’s a better way for Kanye to spend his shoe money than running for president), West sings the lyrics with feeling, even just over what sounds like the original Drake backing track.
Drake pulled a more recent Kanye track to tackle: “24,” from West’s new album Donda. As on the other cover, there’s no rapping to be seen, as both chose one of the other’s “singing” songs to croon over. It’s not clear from the video whether Kanye’s Sunday Service choir is performing the gospel backing vocals somewhere offstage (they were supposedly there). Either way, it’s relatively rare to have rappers cover each other – the remix being the preferred form of homage in the genre – so it’s a nice change of pace.