This article was updated on November 22, 2021

Believe it or not, the Kanye West and Drake beef saga may finally be coming to a close, as Ye invites his rival on stage to celebrate the two biggest albums of the year and the Free Larry Hoover movement.

There are several elements that you can expect from hip-hop artists. Flows, rhymes, metaphors, and the odd subliminal jab to maintain the competitiveness of the sport. Battle rap is deeply ingrained in the genre, so artist feuds are a given, yet there are instances in which the beef has transcended music and taken on a life of its own.

Some of the most memorable, and in cases, disastrous beefs of all time include Biggie and Tupac, Jay-Z and Nas, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, and of course, Kanye West and Drake.

Tensions, subliminal messages, and full-on sends have been firing back-and-forth between the pair since 2009. Throughout the 2010s, the jabs they shared were mild, and to casual audiences, largely overlooked.

In 2016, it looked like fans would finally get the collaborative album they'd been teased with and longed for, yet the anticipation was short-lived.

Yeezy and Drizzy's relationship took a turn for the worse in 2018 when Ye's label mate, Pusha T's involvement in the feud escalated, culminating in an infamous spat that revealed that Drake had a son, and some nasty references to his producer, 40.

With the release of DONDA and Certified Lover Boy in the same month this year, naturally, tensions bubbled back to the surface — at one point, Kanye even doxxed Drake.

Unsurprisingly, Debates about which of their albums was better or more streamable exploded.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Ye's recent appearance on REVOLT's Drink Champs saw the artist discuss his rival several times. He expressed his respect and admiration for Drizzy while also making it clear that he sees no situation in which he would lose a musical battle to him.

Less than a week after the interview, Kanye posted a video to his Instagram, in which he appears alongside J Prince (a long-time mentor and associate of Drake), inviting Champagne Papi to join him on stage on December 7th.

The show in Los Angeles would see the artists come together to celebrate the two biggest albums of the year and squash their beef in support of the Free Larry Hoover movement.

Hoover, an ex-gang member was sentenced to six life sentences for murder in 1995, following a 17-year investigation. His incarceration and the movement to free him is a focal point of the tracks “Jesus Lord” and “Jesus Lord, Pt. 2” on DONDA. In 2018 West pleaded with Donald Trump to provide Larry Hoover with clemency.

Whether or not Drake will accept the invite is yet to be seen, but this looks like the biggest step forward for the pair's relationship in years. Despite looking like a contrived hostage tape, the presence of J Prince in the video suggests steps have already been taken behind the scenes to bring about the duo's anticipated reconciliation.

Last week saw Ye's second appearance on Drink Champs alongside Larry Hoover Jr. in which he expanded upon his desire to squash his feud with Drake. The pair explained that Hoover Sr. wanted to see a resolution between the artists, who are two of the biggest influences in black culture, to set an example to young men within the community.

Now, it looks like progress is finally being made as Drake, Ye, and J Prince all flicked up together outside of Drizzy's Toronto compound, suggesting their tensions have finally come to a close.

As the rekindling of the century (so far) continues to develop, Larry Hoover Jr. has confirmed that Kanye West and Drake will be coming together to perform in the support of the Free Larry Hoover movement on December 9. Fans have waited over six years for the pair to step on stage again.

Tickets are available on the LA Coliseum's website. Of course, the event is produced by Ye's "Donda Touring" company.

"With Ye, Drake, and J Prince united to advocate for my father's release, we can take our plea for redemption worldwide and show that we are truly stronger together on behalf of any and everyone with a loved one wrongly or unjustly incarcerated," said Larry Hoover Jr., a son of the inmate, in a statement.

Who'd have imagined that 2021, the year that pitted the two's albums against each other like never before, would be the year we could finally put the versus debate to bed. Roll on December.

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