Drake Opens Up about Everything in New Interview

This past Monday Drake sat down with DJ Semtex and spoke on just about everything you could imagine. He spoke on; missing the Grammys, “Pop Style”, Quintin Miller, Meek Mill, and a whole lot more. The entire hour-plus interview is below alongside a couple text ecerpts.

During the interview, Drake said he went from recording a project with Kanye to Yeezy dissing him and DJ Khaled for being on the radio too much. He also explained that he was introduced to Quentin Miller through Boi-1da and they only worked on five songs together, some of which ended up on If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. He even said that if people think he has ghostwriters, he could reveal 10-20 rappers who get specific lyrics written for them.

On almost taking all the raps off VIEWS:

“There was a time where I actually thought about taking the rap off of VIEWS and just making it an album full of music that made me happy with melody. But obviously I know why I’m here, I know who my core fanbase is, and so towards the end of the album, I tried to execute it as best as I could, on the rap end.”

On what happened with “Pop Style”:

“Yeah, I was dealing directly with Ye and that’s the version that he sent me and that was what we talked about and he was like “man you know this is like ‘Pop Style’ featuring the throne, this is huge” and I was excited obviously anybody would be excited to see them link back up. And then I didn’t know what I was gonna hear. So when I heard Jay had two bars, I was like alright it is what it is, it’s cool I like that, it’s a little intro and Kanye goes off. And then you know I’m not really sure the details between how that conversation was miscommunicated or what they were going through at that time, or what anybody felt towards me or whatever it was, I’m not really sure but next thing I knew it just became a bit of an issue. And you know from there I don’t waste too much time, so I just was like alright cool I’ll finish it, I can rap as good as anybody else, so I’ll just go finish this song and put forth my own version cos I don’t really like… you know no one can dangle anything over my head in this business, I don’t play that. So it just needed to be done and I did it myself and yeah both versions exist, so when Kanye comes out to do it at the shows it goes crazy. I know he was really upset cos at that time we were working together pretty heavy and he really wanted to be on the record but you know…”

On making “Charged Up” and “Back To Back”:

“I respect revenge when it’s warranted. It’s not something that I’m proud of because it took just as much of an emotional toll on me—maybe not as much as it did on him—but you always gotta hear about it… and just seeing people get so riled up on negativity, it doesn’t feel great… It was just embarrassing to witness, you know? If he had revealed some huge thing, you know, you woulda heard a lot more people, peers of mine chime in.”

Jelani Arthur Williamson