Drake and 21 Savage have reportedly reached a settlement in their fake vogue cover dispute. According to Semafor, the Her Loss collaborators reached a settlement with Vogue’s parent company Condé Nast earlier this week.
Though the details of the agreement are not immediately available, Condé Nast’s general counsel, Will Bowes notes that the plaintiffs received a monetary settlement that will benefit their “ongoing creative output, including Vogue editorial.” The company also announced it had secured a permanent injunction prohibiting further use of Vogue trademarks for commercial purposes.
“As a creative company, we of course understand our brands may from time to time be referenced in other creative works,” Bowes wrote in the memo shared on Thursday. “In this instance, however, it was clear to us that Drake and 21 Savage leveraged Vogue’s reputation for their own commercial purposes and, in the process, confused audiences who trust Vogue as the authoritative voice on fashion and culture.”
Condé Nast initially sued Drake and 21 Savage last November for using a fake 2022 Vogue Magazine cover to promote their collaborative album, Her Loss. The publishing giant filed a $4 million lawsuit against the rappers for unauthorized usage of the Vogue marks, which it says fooled the public into believing that “Drake and 21 Savage would be featured on the cover of Vogue’s next issue.”
In Bowe’s memo he adds Drake and 21 Savage ignored all efforts by the publication “to resolve the matter amicably.”
While Drake is yet to comment on the topic, the rapper recently popped up on YouTuber iShowSpeed’s live stream. Drake and the award winning streamer dapped each other live in front of over 50,000 viewers on Wednesday night. However, their moment was abruptly cut short after Speed complimented Drake’s voice for sounding “so sexy.” Watch the uncomfortable conversation below.