The statement confirmed that Ye had reached out to Three Stacks for a feature on DONDA, adding that it’s “unfortunate” that “Life of the Party” was released in this manner:
“A few weeks ago Kanye reached out about me being a part of the Donda album. I was inspired by his idea to make a musical tribute to his mom. It felt appropriate to me to support the Donda concept by referencing my own mother, who passed away in 2013. We both share that loss. I thought it was a beautiful choice to make a clean album but, unfortunately, I didn’t know that was the plan before I wrote and recorded my verse. It was clear to me that an edited ‘clean’ format of the verse would not work without having the raw, original also available. So, sadly, I had to be omitted from the original album release.
The track I received and wrote to didn’t have the diss verse on it and we were hoping to make a more focused offering for the Donda album but I guess things happen like they are supposed to. It’s unfortunate that it was released in this way and two artists that I love are going back and forth. I wanted to be on Certified Lover Boy too. I just want to work with people that inspire me. Hopefully I can work with Kendrick on his album. I’d love to work with Lil’ Baby, Tyler and Jay-Z. I respect them all.”
Drake leaked “Life of the Party” during a Sound 42 episode on SiriusXM. The song hears West directly call out Drizzy and the battle between DONDA and Certified Lover Boy: “Thought we was the new Abu Dhabi/Told Drake don’t play with me, on GD/And he sent that message to everybody/So if I hit you with a ‘W-Y-D’/You better hit me with, ‘Yes sir, I’m writing everything you need’/I told you I was gonna take the summer back/So any of the cap, won’t take none of that.”