Canadian rapper Drake has shared a new two-hour long video which features him been interviewed by Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller of Rap Radar at his home in Toronto.
The “God’s Plan” singer took out time to address his ongoing feuds with Pusha-T and Kanye West, getting booed at Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw, which projects from his catalog he considers classics, and much more.
Drake also spoke on his past relationship with Serena Williams, connecting with Chris Brown, and reconciling with Meek Mill. He also spoke about an article published by Jon Caramanica of the New York Times back in November titled “Rappers Are Singers Now. Thank Drake,” which got mixed reactions from fans and haters. He also revealed that T-Pain, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne help inspire his style.
“There’s a lot of people that contributed to that. There’s people that inspired me,” Drake said of the conversation around his impact on rappers singing. “Obviously, 50 Cent. ’21 Questions’ will probably be my most inspiring example of a guy who’s not supposed to be singing, singing.” Drake also praised Kanye West for his musical contributions. “Another major example… which is 808s. A guy who’s known for his bars and rapping. Comical rapping on College Dropout and Late Registration going straight to basically a singing album inspired by genres and music that maybe people in rap maybe didn’t even know about… I’ll always give credit where credit is due so I credit all those people with that movement. I think I was probably the one that took it the furthest to go and making full-blown R&B songs.”
Not leaving out his fraught relationship with Kanye West, Drake addressed the issue saying, “I think he kind of recruited a guy with a similar dislike for me, no matter what he says interviews.” He added: “He can tell whoever, ‘I got love for him’ or whatever, but it’s not love. It’s…there’s something there that bothers him deeply. Yeah, I can’t fix it for him, so, it just is what it is.”
Watch the full interview below.