The Canadian rapper took to his Instagram on Thursday to clarify that it was an old song from three years ago, and stated that he didn’t mean to offend his ‘friends’ presumably Jenner, 22, and her on/off boyfriend, fellow rapper Travis Scott, 28.
‘A song that Mark ran last night on night owl sound live set shouldn’t have been played. It’s a song that leaked 3 years ago and got scrapped shortly after. He was going too keep in the drake/future catalogue,’ Drake wrote on Instagram.
He added: ‘Last thing I would want to do is wake up having any friends of mine feeling disrespected so I just had to say that to start off the day.’
In the track – which features rapper Future – Drake is heard bragging: ‘Yeah, I’m a hater to society / Real s***, Kylie Jenner that’s a side piece / Yeah, I got 20 motherf***in’ Kylies.’
A ‘side piece’ is a slang word for a mistress, and is commonly used to describe someone who is having an affair on the side of another relationship.
The song also has references to Kylie’s sister Kendall and model pal Gigi, with the rappers proclaiming: ‘Yeah, I got 20 damn Kendalls / Young slim baddies and they in vogue / Yeah, I got 20 f***in’ Gigis.’
The controversy surrounding the song is particularly sensitive as Drake and Jenner have been previously linked last year.
Following her split from boyfriend Scott – the father of her two-year-old daughter Stormi – Jenner hit headlines when she was spotted attending Drake’s 33rd birthday last fall, prompting reports of a romance between the pair.
At the time one insider told Us Weekly that Drake has ‘always had a thing for Kylie,’ adding that the feeling was ‘mutual.’
‘They have known each other and been friends for a very long time and there has always been a spark there, but their situation is complicated and so is Kylie’s with Travis,’ the source told Us Weekly.
However, there were no further sightings of the pair together and more recently, Jenner has sparked rumors that she has now reconciled with boyfriend Scott.
The pair have been spending time in quarantine co-parenting their daughter and Jenner also heaped praise on Scott for his birthday last month, calling him ‘Daddy of the year.’
While Scott and Jenner were not together during the time of the Drake romance rumors, sources say he wasn’t exactly ‘thrilled’ about the situation.
‘Travis was obviously never thrilled that Kylie hung out with other guys. He is very protective of Kylie,’ a source told People earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Drake has previously been embroiled in a feud with Jenner’s brother-in-law Kanye West since around 2018, when the Yeezus rapper allegedly revealed Drake had a secret son to fellow rapper Pusha-T, who then turned the gossip into a series of diss tracks.
Interestingly, Drake’s yet-to-be-titled track isn’t the first time Drake’s dropped Kylie’s name in a song.
The In My Feelings rapper compared his bank account to Jenner’s billions on his track Demons from his recently released Dark Lane Demo Tapes.
‘My TD Bank is on what? (What?) / My TD Bank is on Kylie (Ayy, ayy),’ he says.