Drake may be omnipresent on the charts, but he rare rises to the surface for interviews.
That changed today, when Drizzy sat down with the Rap Radar podcast on Tidal for a lengthy, all-encompassing conversation.
Chopping it up with Elliott Wilson and B.Dot, the Canadian superstar opened up about his new album, his label situation, his present-day take on Pusha-T, accusations of cultural appropriation, and more.
Watch below, where quotes also await…
On His New Album:
“I’ll go like three weeks in between making songs, just because like I’m just kind of enjoying life. I’m enjoying living, going out with people. Investing in personal connections, and it’s just making my music better.
I have to do two things every album. I have to give the people that like to hear the singing enough to hold on to, and I have to give [Le]Bron enough bars.
[I’ve also done a new Chris Brown song] I don’t know what’s going to make the album, but we have done more music together”
On His Label Situation:
“I’m always going to be involved in the Cash Money/Young Money imprint, and my loyalty, like I said, always lies there. I’m just signed direct myself to Universal.”
On Getting Booed At Camp Flog Gnaw:
“I just walked myself into a situation, I kind of felt it backstage too. I was a little confused. I was kind of sitting there, going like, ‘You guys know Frank’s not here, right? You may as well get over that… let’s rock, I’m the guy, I’m the replacement. I got a couple joints if you wanna hear them.'”
On Pusha T Feud:
“He’s just made an entire career off of it. Some people like his music, I personally don’t ’cause I don’t believe any of it. And I like to listen to guys I believe.
You just get to peak behind the curtain too. When I was whatever, 16, thinking that he was the biggest dope dealer in the world serving bricks to all, every corner of America, yeah sure… I was… a fan obviously more so just a fan of Pharrell and the Neptunes. I always wanted to be signed to Star Trak and stuff like that, that was the wave. Now that I’m grown-up, and I know him and the truth, it’s just not as appealing.”
On Accusations Of Cultural Appropriation:
“The definition of appropriating a culture is not supporting that culture, doing songs with people who are deeply rooted in that culture, giving opportunity to people who are in that culture. That’s not appropriating. Appropriating is taking it for your own personal gain and denying that it was ever inspired from this. That’s the true disservice that somebody could do to the UK, to Dancehall, to Afrobeats. Me, I’ve always… I ensure that not only paying all due respects verbally but… I make it a point to give opportunity.”
“I love my space, I love my work, and I love my routine. And for me to break that for somebody, it would just have to be a really special person that fits into that puzzle, and that is supportive of the things I’m doing. Have to be somebody that has taste in music. It’d have to be somebody that I get along with so much to the point that when we’re separate, I’m feeling like I can’t function properly without their presence. I have come across it a few times, I’ve yet to be able to hold onto it, for whatever reason. I’m the captain of a ship, and I look behind me and I see a lot of people on board. Full steam ahead. That’s just how I have to keep rocking for right now. Hopefully I can find somebody that can just stand beside me at the wheel and help me steer while we keep the journey going as opposed to me having to pull over because that person is getting seasick.”