Kevin Durant says he 'made it' after being name-dropped by Drake

May 4, 2016

Drake and Kevin Durant go back a while.

Back in 2012, Drake name-dropped Durant on French Montana's club banger, "Pop That," claiming: "Getting cheddar packs like KD/OKC that's player [expletive]."

Around the same time, a photo surfaced of Durant in the studio with Drake, wearing a black OVO sweater with the trademark owl logo in gold:

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Then, in 2014, the Canadian rapper attempted to recruit Durant to Toronto while KD attended OVO Fest, which resulted in the Raptors getting fined $25,000 for tampering and the team slightly tweaking Drake's title of global ambassador with the franchise.

In 2015, Durant attended OVO Fest again, which reignited the now-distant rumors of Durant to the Toronto Raptors.

What's more, Drake has attended several Thunder games in Los Angeles, where he now resides, publicly supporting Durant and the Thunder, and the two have partied at Durant's birthday party (pictured above) and at several All-Star Weekends.

Long story short: They're friends.

Last week, Drake released his fourth studio album VIEWS, which featured a track, "Weston Road Flows," in which he name-dropped Durant again: "Shout out to KD, we relate, we get the same attention/It's rainin' money, Oklahoma City Thunder/The most successful rapper 35 and under/I'm assumin' everybody's 35 and under."

Durant was asked about the line at practice earlier this week, and he admitted it was special to get a shout-out from his friend and favorite rapper:

Durant had made it long before Drake shouted him out — he's a former MVP, an Olympic gold medalist and one of the greatest scorers ever — but it's always encouraging to receive love from your peers.

Jovan Buha covers the NBA for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter: @jovanbuha.