By Gerrick D. Kennedy
4:23 PM EDT, October 17, 2013
Looks like Drake and Future have decided to play nice.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Drake had booted Future from his upcoming arena trek over disparaging remarks the Atlanta rapper made about Drake’s latest album during an interview with Billboard.
But the two rapper-singers have since buried the hatchet and on Thursday, Future announced that he would indeed appear on Drake’s 39-city tour.
"I am set to continue as planned with Drake and Miguel on the Would You Like a Tour? tour slated to begin Oct. 18 in Pittsburgh. I'm looking forward to hitting the road this fall. Love4Life Honest," the rapper said in a statement, making sure to smartly plug his album.
He also tweeted to his fans Thursday that he was back in Atlanta getting ready for the tour.
The fallout reportedly happened after Future shared his thoughts on Drake’s latest chart-topper, “Nothing Was the Same,” during a Billboard interview earlier this month to preview his forthcoming album, “Honest.”
“Not only is future’s #honest album interesting, so are his thoughts on Drake’s #NWTS album,” Billboard associate editor Erika Ramirez tweeted before quoting her interview with Future: “ ‘Drake made an album that is full of hits but it doesn’t grab you. They’re not possessive; they don’t make you feel the way I do.’ ”
Continuing his “I’m just being honest” sentiments, Future also boasted that “I've been on the songs of all these rappers that put out an album, and my music is still better."
Damage control came rather swiftly. The rapper tweeted his disappointment in being “misquoted” and said he had nothing but love for Drake -- because you can't have love for someone and hate their album at the same time. Although Billboard's story was edited to remove the specific remarks, a rep for the magazine told the New York Post (the newspaper broke the story), “We regret that miscommunication surrounding Future’s recent visit, one that seemed clear to us was on the record, may have caused any trouble for the artist.”
After Drake reportedly demanded Future be dropped from the tour, and take a pay cut once initial negotiations for his return started, Future was said to be readying a lawsuit against Drake for lost wages of about $1.5 million. Whoever said honesty was the best policy certainly didn't work in hip-hop.
Drake’s coming tour makes two stops in the Southland: a gig at Anaheim’s Honda Center on Nov. 21 and one at Staples Center on Nov. 25.
Alternative R&B crooner Miguel, Drake’s own OVO artist PartyNextDoor and buzzy L.A.-based alt-R&B singer Jhene Aiko will also support.
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