Drake knows that he’s probably going to regret giving his feud with Meek Mill any attention, but in a new and rare interview, he’s doing it anyway.
Despite his 2014 Twitter proclamation that he’d never do another magazine interview, the Toronto MC did just that and talked extensively to The Fader, publicly commenting on his highly publicized feud with Meek Mill. And like on “Back to Back,” his second diss track aimed at Meek Mill, Drake doesn’t really deny any of the accusations leveled by the Philadelphia rapper.
To recap, it all began when Meek Mill took to Twitter, alleging that Drake doesn’t write his own raps, and escalated when Funkmaster Flex released alleged reference tracks from Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late that many believed to be sung by by Atlanta MC Quentin Miller. (Get a complete beef recap here.)
Before The Fader‘s Leon Neyfakh even asked the question, Drake decided to address the whole thing head on. He recalled he was at a charity basketball game — “which we won, by the way,” he was sure to note — when he first heard that Flex had plans to release reference tracks. That night, he recorded “Charged Up” and released it on OVO Radio the next day.
As days went by with no response from Meek Mill, Drake said he felt frustrated: “You’re gonna engage in a conversation about writing music, and delivering music, with me? And not have anything to put forth on the table?” he told Fader. “I had to finish this.” Then came “Back to Back,” the arguably even more charged-up follow-up to “Charged Up.”
And while Drake didn’t address the specific tracks in question— including “Know Yourself,” “Used To,” “R.I.C.O.,” and “10 Bands” — in the new interview, he made it clear that he views music as “a collaborative process.”
“Who came up with this, who came up with that — for me, it’s like, I know that it takes me to execute every single thing that I’ve done up until this point,” he said. “And I’m not ashamed.”
“I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running,” Drake continued. “I don’t mind that. And those recordings — they are what they are. And you can use your own judgment on what they mean to you. … If I have to be the vessel for this conversation to be brought up — you know, God forbid we start talking about writing and references and who takes what from where — I’m OK with it being me.”
Head to Fader for more, including details on Drake’s upcoming project, Views From the 6.