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What to know about Drake’s comments on Kobe & Vanessa Bryant’s marriage

Drake is a major fan of the NBA and can often be seen courtside at many of the league’s games.

However, the Certified Lover Boy rapper faced backlash for his lyrics that mentioned the late Kobe Bryant.

Drake's comments on Kobe & Vanessa Bryant's marriage

What happened between Drake and Kobe Bryant?
The conflict between Drake and Kobe Bryant transpired when the former namechecked the LA Lakers player and his then-pending divorce from his wife Vanessa in his Stay Schemin’ rap verse.

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In April 2012, Drake made a guest appearance on the Rick Ross single Stay Schemin.

During his verse, the GRAMMY Award winner referred to Kobe Bryant’s marriage to Vanessa and how the latter filed for divorce on December 16, 2011.

He rapped: “Kobe about to lose a hundred fifty M’s…Kobe my n***a I hated it had to be him.

“B**ch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym…Huh!? b**ch you weren’t with me shooting in the gym.”

The lyrics were supposedly a metaphor for Kobe and Vanessa’s reported lack of prenuptial agreement when they got married.

The couple reconciled in January 2013 but if the proceedings would’ve gone through, reports claimed Vanessa could’ve possibly gotten half of Kobe’s net worth.

Drake’s lyrics imply Vanessa did not play a part in Kobe’s success aka shooting with him in the gym, so she shouldn’t receive 50 percent of his earnings.

How did Kobe’s wife Vanessa respond?

Regarding Drake’s lyrics, Vanessa took to Instagram and responded: “I love when immature kids quote a rapper that has never been friends with Kobe and knows nothing about our relationship.

“Just shows how gullible they are. I don’t need to be in the gym.

“I’m raising our daughters, signing checks, and taking care of everything else that pertains to our home life.”

She further replied: “I really wish people would stop, THINK, and then realize that they are being sucked into someone’s clear intention to monetize and gain attention off of our family’s heartache.

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“This is real life. I hold down our home life so my husband can focus on his career. It’s a partnership.

“Since my husband isn’t friends with Drake, we received a text of an apology forwarded from his manager.

“It’s done and over with and it’s now time for people to THINK before speaking.”

What did Drake say about Kobe?
In his own statement, the Her Loss rapper apologized to the couple and said: “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,” Drake concluded.

Months after Kobe met his untimely end on January 26, 2020, Drake paid homage to the late NBA shooting guard by featuring his number eight and number 24 jerseys in his music video for Toosie Slide.

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