Drake’s stardom has positioned him far ahead of most of his peers when it comes to commercial success, but he has recognized there is at least one other artist on his wavelength.
On Friday (November 17), Drizzy released the deluxe package of his most recent studio album. For All the Dogs: Scary Hours Edition adds an additional six tracks to the 23 he originally released last month.
The extended version is being praised for its soulful, bar-heavy offerings, among which is a line that went viral soon after hitting the public.
On “Red Button,” the opening track of the new batch, the Toronto native gives a fellow music titan her props as he raps: “Taylor Swift the only n-gga that I ever rated/ Only one could make me drop the album just a little later/ Rest of y’all, I treat you like you never made it.”
The last time Drizzy made headlines mentioning Swift, it was for a very different reason. He appeared to throw shade at Taylor last year while celebrating the chart success of his and 21 Savage’s joint album, Her Loss.
In November 2022, the duo’s LP placed an impressive eight songs in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10, occupying every spot from No. 2 to No. 9 on the singles chart. The meme-friendly “Rich Flex”was at No. 2, followed by early fan-favorites like “Major Distribution,” “On BS” and “Spin Bout U.”
Only Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” from her record-breaking Midnights album, bested the duo after retaining the No. 1 spot for a third consecutive week. Drake, it seemed, wasn’t too keen on giving the pop juggernaut her due credit.
Soon after the Hot 100 was unveiled that week, the OVO boss celebrated his and 21’s top-10 success by posting an image of the chart on his Instagram Stories with the caption: “@21savage congrats my brother.”
Curiously, he covered up the first spot, including Swift’s name, with a series of cryptic emojis. 21 then shared his collaborator’s celebratory post on his own Story, albeit without any additional commentary (or Swift shade).