(UPDATE: Video added from the Drake x Funkmaster Flex Hot97 interview)

Tonight, Drake dropped by the Hot97 studios to debut his new single “Make Me Proud” (feat. Nicki Minaj) and….for an exclusive interview with Funk Flex:

Interview: Drake and Funkmaster Flex, Hot97, 10-13-11

Part 1: The Serena Williams question

On the topic of his fling with Serena Williams, Drake doesn’t deny it happened but hints that Serena has moved on. “Old news can always become new news, but right now I’m focusing on this album….”

Part 2: Funk Flex gets straight to the drama…Jay-Z and Pusha-T

Flex: Did you know that Wayne was going to go at Jay-Z on “It’s Good”
Drake: I’m not gonna say that I didn’t hear the song before it went out….Wayne recently said I can never feel like I created a monster in Drake because I’m his boss….I’m a soldier for Wayne. I just did what I’m supposed to do, I delivered a verse. And he does with the song after that is completely up to him…
It’s silly to say that the initial jab wasn’t a jab, it’s silly to say that [Hov’s] initial comment wasn’t completely directed at that situation….and Wayne is never afraid to step up to the plate, did what he did back and that’s what hip hop is about. I have the utmost respect for Jay, I’m not really involved in that situation. He’s been a great mentor in my career. And Wayne is a brother to me…

Flex: Miss Info had pointed it out that Pusha T’s did a freestyle that had some jabs. Did you take offense to it?
Drake: Not really….I’ve never really had any interaction with Pusha T. So for him to diss me would be purely issues that he’s having with himself…We’ve met but we’ve always been cordial. I’m a fan of the Clipse, I say it in interviews….I’ve never really had an issue with him. But it’s a frustrating time for alot of people right now, I get it. So if it’s directed at me, just make it a little more direct next time. I’m up for whatever. I’m didn’t take offense…..

Lol! well-played, Drake. I think he handled both the Weezy question and the Pusha question quite deftly.

More quotes from the interview…
After the jump

(Drake and his microphone in Manchester earlier this year. Photo by Shirlaine Forrest)

Flex: You’re a target, how does that feel? You’re in a powerful camp, you’ve held your own in that camp….
Drake: I’m a happy person, I don’t have any open issues. But at the same time, I hear the slick talk…I think they nitpick at me alot, especially on the radio and internet…I’m always up for a good laugh. But Nov 15, you’ll see what I’m about. I’m pretty confident in that…. If anybody’s ever been offended, it’s probably gonna be on the 15th. I said some things…

Oh boy. *sets timer on microwave for popcorn*

We also posted Rob Markman’s 6-part MTV interview with Drake here. And if you missed Drake’s other recent interviews, he was very frank with Elle about how he got caught up during that Rihanna fling, lol…and says Nicki Minaj may be the only woman who understands him…check:
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