Drake isn’t here for the ‘fake love’ in hip-hop.
In a rare interview with DJ Semtex on Beats 1’s OVO Sound Radio, the “Hotline Bling” rapper addressed the personal attacks by rappers Kanye West and Meek Mill, actions that have since placed a distance between the three.
“I’m not really sure what he’s referring to half the time, as in the same breath, I went from being… like working on a project with him, to him sort of publicly [expletive] on me and DJ Khaled for being on the radio too much,” he said on Nov. 18. “I just distance myself from it, you know, alright if that’s what it is I don’t really even understand the point you’re trying to make but whatever it is that you’re going through, I accept it, I don’t respect it at all.”
During one of Kanye West’s Saint Pablo tour stops, the Chicago native said Drake’s music was overplayed. West also directed the video for Drake’s single, “Best I Ever Had.”
Drake also opened up about his feud with Meek Mill, which was ignited after Meek Mill (née Robert Rihmeek Williams) declared to his 5 million-plus Twitter followers that the Canadian rapper didn’t write his own lyrics.
“My mind was going a thousand miles a minute, I didn’t know who was going to be on a diss track or what he had ready. I thought this was three months in the making,” he said. “When I dropped ‘Charged Up,’ just to kinda see what the preparation level was, I realized, I was like ‘Wow you’re not ready’.”
“You know what the biggest thing was because I don’t have real hatred for him, the key was like… first of all my biggest focus, the entire time was I cannot disrespect Nicki Minaj or use Nicki Minaj in any way other than to lift her up, that’s just not in my character,” he said. “I didn’t go the route of calling him a bunch of terrible names, I just used wit, I just used wit and good writing, ironically enough great writing, to just win that situation.”
Nicki Minaj and Drake are signed to Young Money Cash Money Records and at the time the female emcee was dating Meek Mill. The pair has since ended their relationship.
Although everything is behind them —Drake retired the track — he doesn’t intend to reconcile with the “I’m a Boss” rapper.
“I just really don’t have that level of respect for him because of his actions. So I’m not really looking to be friends, or be cordial,” he said. “I was always there, I was always supportive and you just chose to flip.”
They have previously collaborated on several projects, including Drake serving as a feature act on Meek Mill’s tracks “Amen” and “Rico.”
He concluded, “I’m good, I’m great, I’m happy with my friends, I’m happy doing my music over here and it doesn’t need to go anywhere from here.”