A recently surfaced unreleased track presumed to be recorded during Kanye West’s still-in-progress Jesus Is King era adds a few more layers to the Drake issue.
The track, possibly titled “Wait for God,” is centered on a loose hook in which West alternates between “I’mma wait for God” and “Been too long away from God.” The verses fall more on the spoken word side of things, not unlike the outro of the classic College Dropout cut “Last Call.”
The track sees West laughing about a higher power having “a good ass sense of humor” before indirectly mentioning Drake’s location of residence as an example.
He funny though. He gon’ move the No. 1 rapper four blocks down the street from me. You funny, God.
Later, West recalls a then-recent visit he took to the Westwood area of Los Angeles to eat at Denny’s. While there, West says he spotted someone he thought looked like Drake, prompting him to turn his car around for a face-to-face talk:
I seen a tall light-skin dude with a beard and shit. ‘That looks like Drake right there.’ But he was, like, on a skateboard. ‘I know that ain’t gonna be Drake on a skateboard.
‘ I was, like, ‘Man, I’mma go talk to him right now.’ So I pulled and turned the car around.
West then ties this bit into another College Dropout track. The Aretha-sampling “School Spirit,” specifically throwing in a callback to a line from the song’s first verse:
I said on my first album I’mma make sure light-skinned n****s don’t never come back in style.
Some fans were convinced back in 2018 that the Ye inclusion “No Mistakes”—which notably includes the line “Calm down, you light skin!”—represented a similar act of mockery against Drake.
Back in December, Drake gave fans an update on his once-good relationship with West. Speaking with Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller for the Rap RadarPodcast. Drake said his previous praise for West’s artistic output still stands, though their relationship is now marred by “personal situations.”