6 Degrees of Separation: The People Drake and Jennifer Lopez Have In Common

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6 Degrees of Separation: The People Drake and Jennifer Lopez Have In Common

They've got way too much in common.

Published December 29, 2016

The chitter-chatter of a Jennifer Lopez and Drake relationship is getting louder and louder with each teasing hint dropped by the 6 God and his rumored lady.

As Hollywood namesakes like Joe Budden and Funkmaster Flex have accompanied the alleged coupledom in the headlines, a few other names have whizzed through the grapevine that might share a common interest in the matter at hand. From all eyes on Diddy’s fists to a purported social media side-eye from Rihanna, both Jennifer Lopez and Drake might not just have many things in common, but many people than even they might realize.

From the highest to the lowest common denominators, here’s six industry elbows that have rubbed both Jenny’s and Drizzy’s. 

  1. Rihanna
    PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30:  Rihanna arrives at the Christian Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear  Spring/Summer 2017  on September 30, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo: Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images for Dior)
    (Photo: Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images for Dior)

    Between being J. Lo’s sister-in-style and Drake’s girl crush “since he was 22 years old,” Rihanna was among the first that fans set their eyes upon after Jenny and Drizzy’s rumored coupledom. All in one year, a pair of Manolo Blahnik boots and public profession of undying adoration for Rih would be the link that chained Lopez and Drake to the crooning island princess. And since she’s never been a stranger to praise, she proudly accepted her tokens of appreciation from both Drizzy and Jenny. Ultimately, however, in an act of what may or may not have been her reaction to the chatter, three’s definitely not company when it comes to the Bad Gal Riri. 

  2. Chris Brown
    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Chris Brown attends the L'Oreal Paris Blue Obsession Party at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Martinez on May 18, 2016 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

    How could anyone forget the saga that was Drake vs. Chris Brown? With Rihanna’s affections caught between the two stars, a night at NYC’s W.i.P. nightclub turned bloody in 2012 after tensions rose. Since then, the two were both granted second chances with Ri-Ri, claimed to have buried the hatchet in 2014, and have thrown jabs yet again thereafter. For J. Lo, things are a little more simple. Breezy is a common collaborator and friend, whose songwriting chops were tapped for Lopez’s music in 2013 and 2014. Earlier this year, she also included Brown as one of the many friends she texts during an episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.

  3. Lil Wayne
    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Lil Wayne performs on Camp Stage during day one of Tyler, the Creator's 5th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    Of the many collaborations in her industry career stretch, Jenny nudged the Young Money record label founder Lil Wayne for her 2011 love-laced “I’m Into You” track. Coincidence that Drizzy pledges the Young Money flag as one of its most honorary signees and often hailed as Weezy’s Canadian prodigy? Maybe. Maybe not.

  4. Diddy
    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20:  Sean "Diddy" Combs aka Puff Daddy performs onstage during the Puff Daddy and The Family Bad Boy Reunion Tour presented by Ciroc Vodka And Live Nation at Barclays Center on May 20, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Live Nation)
    (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Live Nation)

    Funkmaster Flex made the harrowing discovery that Drake and J. Lo broke the Internet with their cuddling Instagram photo on the anniversary of the shooting that left Lopez’s former relationship with Diddy in shambles. Back in 1999, when he was still widely known as Puff Daddy, the Bad Boy exec was involved in an ordeal at Club New York that would land his artist Shyne in jail, and put him on the outs with his Puerto Rican flame. Who knew, years later in 2014, Drake would be on the receiving end of a club ordeal with Diddy himself (which was apparently over the instrumental for “0 to 100”). These days, the two seem to have patched things up – not without an on-wax jab from Drizzy, of course.

  5. Nicki Minaj
    INGLEWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Singer Nicki Minaj performs onstage at The Forum on February 28, 2016 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

    Another gal pal of Jenny from the block’s is none other than Ms. Minaj. In addition to sharing their home turf region of New York, the ladies adorably flicked it up during an event in 2014. Considering her friendship-turned-strictly-labelmate relationship with Drizzy, the Barbz is merely another familiar face for both J. Lo and the 6 God. 

  6. Fabolous
    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27:  Recording artist Fabolous attends the D'USSE VIP Riser At Rihanna: ANTI World Tour  at Barclays Center on March 27, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for D'USSE)
    (Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for D'USSE)

    Fabolous’ guest verse on Jennifer Lopez’s “Get Right (Remix)” gave her 2005 hit a boost of street appeal. A few years later, Drake would join Fabolous on his “Throw It In The Bag (Remix),” but things would go a bit awry by 2014. In a Rolling Stone interview, Drake threw Fab’s name into a conversation about Kanye West’s “questionable bars” on Yeezus, leading to a falling out between the two. By the end of 2014, however, Fab would deem the drama “water under the bridge” after receiving an apology from Drizzy. Most recently, Drake even sent Fab a pair of his OVO Jordan 10s.

Written by Iyana Robertson and Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Jennifer Lopez via Instagram)


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