Along with premiering Views on Beats1 Radio last night, Drake sat down with Zane Lowe for an in-depth talk. The Toronto native rarely grants interviews, particularly as of late, so there was a LOT of ground to cover on this one.
Drake held NOTHING back while talking to Zane, addressing the rumors of tension with Jay Z (and not really clearing it up…), Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Tory Lanez, Rihanna and the Birdman/Wayne situation. He also gave FUNK FLEX the ill shout out!
Other interesting tidbits include the announcement that he has MORE music coming this summer, he and Ye were once supposed to do a joint album/mixtape and it still could happen, and that the theme of Views is the seasons in Toronto, starting off with winter on “Keep The Family Close,” then going to summer and back to winter again.
There have been rumors of tension with Jay Z for a while, so people were surprised when he hopped on “Pop Style” with Kanye West. However, it was just one line, and surprise surprise – it didn’t make the album. Oop! Here’s what Drake had to say about that:
“Jay didn’t really do a verse. Really, I just was just trying to get Ye on it at first. Ye just sent it to me like that, like, ‘Yo, Jay kinda just did my first few lines for me. He was here and we just kinda flexed it.’ He was like, all excited like, ‘Yo just put The Throne! It’ll be a crazy moment!’ I mean, of course people want to hear Jay rap, right? So hearing him do 2 lines might be frustrating to a certain audience. … Like I said, I was just having conversation with Kanye. That just landed in my lap, so I just dealt with it accordingly and it didn’t exactly play out how I would have wanted to as far as business or whatever it goes, so I just figured it would be easier to go with my version. Listen, I’ve expressed my admiration and respect for Jay countless times. That’ll never change. Sometimes we just fall on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the rap world. Again, it’s always just mutual respect, but sometimes it has to be from afar due to other situations that really don’t have anything to do with me and him.”
“We do great music together. It’s hard to do guy-girl collabs. I think that’s what makes the records better. We’re not just forcing the story, we have genuine energy between us.”
On The Weeknd:
“At the end of the day, that’s my guy. We’re from the same city, we grew up with the same goal trying to do this. A lot of the time we spent trying to do it together. There’s memories I’ll never forget. We spent real time, not like, other artist time. Real time, we put in real work together. I’m proud of his success. We’ve both had our moments where we’ve maybe felt a way and taken it maybe a little left. But I can sit here and say I have nothing but love for everybody over there. I loved watching him last year, it made me super happy. What a year! And well deserved. I’ve never got the chance to tell him, but I send him all my blessings. I could never really want any ill for him based on the work we put in and where he’s from. I can’t ever feel different.”
On new Toronto artists dissing him [likely Tory Lanez, could have Mo G mixed in too]:
“Get all the fruits…get everything you know, become the biggest artist you can possibly be. Just don’t get up there finally and start talking down on me. Especially when we have like no interaction, don’t get your first big shot to speak out and you think the right thing to do is to start like…coming for The Don. It’s just common sense. What’s the point of that? If any time prior to, you asked me about anybody here, I’m bigging them up! Why would you get up on a public platform and start being like, ‘Ah, I’m not really with…’ Nah man! And then what? Just to what? To come back and start backpedaling and begging it out? What’s the point?”
On Nicki Minaj:
“I don’t really talk to Nicki. [She’s] another person I have a lot of love for, a lot of respect to her and the past and what we built. I understand what love is and I understand a personal situation. She dealt with me how I would expect her to, with class. I would do the same you know. There were times I was sitting there, waiting to see, you know…how deep is your love? I have respect for Nicki but unfortunately we haven’t spoken.”
Listen to the full interview below!