Who Is DeRay Davis? What’s His Connection With the Controversial Rapper, Kanye West?

Published 12/29/2023, 10:48 PM EST

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After Kanye West announced his comeback in the record industry, the nitpicks of his updates caught the attention of several prominent artists. From setbacks of backlash to nods of approval, West’s retreat has catered to a row of mixed reactions. But amidst his listening parties and fueling charge with a social media reprisal, a gesture of appreciation came to the surface from the rapper’s end for a fellow rapper’s comic sense called DeRay Davis.

Of late, Kanye West has been the leading entity of several headlines. But since his own feed is making DeRay Davis a part of this search thread, let’s get to know him better.

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Kanye West’s return to the social game has been brimming with news. After flaunting his Yeezy drop on Instagram, the rapper made a personal recommendation for DeRay Davis as his “favorite comedian who can rap”. The American comedian is also an actor who has showcased his talent in over 30 flicks. Furthermore, he was also the host of Hip Hop Squares and has been crucially active within the genre itself. 

Davis’s career breakthrough journeyed from comedy clubs to the cinematic landscape. And later, he found his roots in the music industry with Kanye West’s hand. He sounded several skits for Ye’s albums, ‘Late Registration’ and ‘The College Dropout’. For the former, he portrayed the lead of “Broke Phi Broke” while in the latter, he impersonated Bernie Mac for the introduction of the opening tracks. Davis also made his appearance in West’s music video ‘Through the Wire’. 

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From the looks of it, Kanye West and DeRay Davis go way back. But their association seems to be budding in full-throttle even now, as can be seen from Davi’s row of praises for West.

DeRay Davis hypes up Kanye West’s Vultures

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Ye’s clamoring resurgence has not gone unnoticed, especially not for his old pal, DeRay Davis. In a quick run-in interview with TMZ at the Los Angeles Airport, Davis acknowledged how “insane” it was to be a part of the rave. The comedian said how the event was embracing a “rock star quality” with its star-studded appearances. Additionally, Davis also gave an opinion on West’s “passion” for rapping. 

The actor did not shy away from the shower of admiration when he claimed “he’d have 10 albums right now if we had music behind everything he’s ever said.”. During the conversation, Davis even praised Ty Dolla $ign and Bump J’s verses and further declared that North West is “10 times better than Ye will be”. With acknowledgment from both parties being in such proximity, it is now evident that the appreciation flows both ways, akin to buddies in arms.

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What do you think of DeRay Davis’s connection with Kanye West? Let us know in the comments below!

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Anushka Bhattacharya

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I'm Anushka Bhattacharya, an entertainment journalist at Netflix Junkie. Armed with a degree in literature, I once wielded my words to catalyze change within society through my work with NGOs. However, as I stumbled into the exuberant hole of crime thrillers and documentaries on Netflix, it was love at first sight and pushed me into entertainment journalism.

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