Tue 24 Sep 2013
Drake Opens Up About YMCMB, Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse, Jay Z, & His Love Life with Angie MartinezPosted by Mr.North under Interviews , Quotes
The album is out, and fans love his newly released “Hold On, We’re Going Home” video. Drake continued his New York City promo-run with a visit to Hot 97’s Angie Martinez on Monday night. In part one of their talk, they discuss “Pound Cake,” Irv Gotti saying he’s the best out right now aside from JAY Z, plans to release more songs soon, Instagram jokes, and the YOLO phenomenon.
Drake opens up in part two of their discussion speaking on his relationship with Young Money/Cash Money Records and previous swirling rumors about leaving the label. In speaking about Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse, Drake expresses he felt the moment wasn’t real to him. “It wasn’t real to me. I saw him after that & it was just like love. So was that real or just for the people,” he said to Angie. The Canadian sensation continues more into how “Pound Cake” with JAY Z ended up on his album instead of Magna Carta…Holy Grail, their relationship, and looking up to Kanye West.
The two end off touching on the Jaden Smith t-shirt, advice from Will Smith, relationship life, and gives current feelings on Rihanna, Serena Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, and more.
Watch Drizzy’s talk with Angie Martinez below…..
Drake on Irv Gotti calling him “The greatest in the game right now”:
“That’s an honor coming from him. That means a lot, that means a lot.”
On listeners calling him the best right now, and releasing more music:
“I hear it, but I try not to let it set in because I feel like I’m ready to start working again. Like this album is done and you have it now, and stores have it, and the people have it, the feedback is great. I love the fact that people are enjoying the music, I feel like it may end up being a life soundtrack for the next little duration of time. But I’m ready to start working again, you know I’m just hungry and I have more songs dropping too.”
Being an Instagram sensation and joked on regularly:
“I’ve become like sort of an Instagram sensation I don’t know if you noticed over the last couple months, but I’m quite the talk on Instagram. Which I don’t mind, I’m always down to laugh at myself.”
The disclaimer before performing “Too Much” on Fallon:
“I prefaced my performance by just letting them [family] know that I love them and that I want the best for them, that’s what I said. I didn’t apologize, I have no apologies.
Sometimes when I feel something, I’m not scared to say it in a public form evidently in my music. This song did spark a family discussion.”
On status with YMCMB and constant rumors of a strained relationship:
“It’s not about being strained. It’s just that I’ve become —in this block of years that I’ve been doing this— I’ve become my my own man. I’ve formed OVO, and I’ve never been the guy that was just like hanging around for the sake of hanging around but I think it’s just becoming more evident how much I’m not around now because of how busy I’ve gotten.
I support Young Money/Cash Money everywhere I go you know. I talk to Stunna almost every day, and Wayne is a busy guy but when we’ve seen each other and we connect it’s always good vibes, it’s love.”
On how those rumors start:
“I think I don’t give people enough to talk about. I don’t know if I’ve had enough slips-ups or enough mistakes so I think that stories have to be created out of thin air sometimes, and I think that’s one of those things.”
His thoughts on Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse:
Drake: “It wasn’t real to me. I saw him after that and it was just like love. So was that real or just for the people, you know what I mean?”
Angie: No, I think it’s a sparring kind of sport….
“Yeah, but at the same time its like you know, then let it be real then. Because those are harsh words right, so its like you can’t just say that and then see me and be like “Yeah man what’s up” pretending like nothing happened. To me that’s not the nature of battling, there’s passion behind it there’s anger behind it. I personally enjoy making like great music and bodies of work over being the talk of Twitter for 5 days.
Coming from that situation it was unexpected. It sort of like in working your way up in building relationships, I wouldn’t expect you to like throw all the relationships out the door for the sake of being like the talk of the internet for 10 days. I don’t know if it was worth it you know, because there’s a lot of people that were mentioned that I feel like can’t really go back and f**k with that guy after that.”
Rap beefs and being ready for a battle:
“There’s a reason why they don’t call my name. I’m not the guy. I’m not the one. I don’t like confrontation, but I’m also not the guy, especially when it comes to rap. I’m ready.”
His relationship with JAY Z:
“He’s definitely one of my favorite rappers and favorite people, period. He’s an incredible mentor to me and gives me great guidance and is very, very supportive. The more I show and prove, that’s where the relationship grows.”
Recent reunion and relationship with Kanye West:
“I always cite Kanye as a very inspirational guy in my life, same thing with Jay. I think I’ll forever be looking up at those guys and that’s how I want to keep it.”
His album versus those by JAY Z and Kanye West:
“I do have the best album of the year though.”
His friendship with Jaden Smith:
“Jaden’s like my little brother. He’s my guy. I look out for him. He’s such a good, good, good kid. They’ve done such an incredible job with him and he’s super talented and he has the brightest future I think out of anybody that I know. He’s destined for greatness.”