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Drake says Fabolous influenced his career: “Wouldn’t be anywhere without this guy”

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Most artists have been influenced by others who came before them. In Drake‘s case, Fabolous had a major influence on his career.

Taking to his Instagram Story Sunday, Drake shared a throwback picture of Fab alongside a note that revealed that he “Wouldn’t be anywhere without” the Brooklyn rapper. “Was really just taking in how much you influenced everything for me,” Drake’s note continued.

He followed up with an old photo of Fabolous in an Orlando Magic jersey and a photo of Fab’s cover on a 2005 Smack DVD magazine, saying he “wouldn’t be sh**” without 112‘s debut album and its hit song “Cupid.”

Drake and Fabolous appeared on The-Dream‘s “Throw It in the Bag (Remix)” in 2009 and the remix to Chris Brown‘s “Deuces” in 2010, years before Drake appeared to shade Fab in a 2014 interview.

Per XXLRolling Stone asked Drake about Kanye West’s lyrics on Yeezus, and he said, “There were some real questionable bars on there, like that ‘Swaghili’ line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some sh** like that.” Drake denied commenting on Ye’s album, calling the press evil.

Fab later revealed that Drake had apologized for the entire situation.

“I spoke to Drake a little while after … he was disgusted by how [the] press will kinda instigate a story — make it seem worse than it was for the sake of being story,” Fab explained to MTV News.

“He apologized that I was even brought into that whole mess,” he continued. “It’s over, it’s under the bridge. I got a lot of respect for what Drake does and he’s expressed to me personally, so we move on from there.”

In 2018, Drake recreated one of Fab’s throwback looks for his 2000s-themed birthday party.

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