Christmas Day graced many of us with good food, nice presents and a two-hour, wide-spanning Rap Radar interview with Drake, where he said he’s open to love, discussed how he’s not looking to end his feud with Pusha-T or Kanye West, and explained what he considers to be his contribution to rap thus far.
In the interview with Elliott Wilson and Brian “B. Dot” Miller, Drake also discussed getting booed at Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw, his songs that he considers to be classics, cultural appropriation, and his love of Jay-Z, reported Complex.
Concerning classics, Drake said: “It’s tough to be in the moment talking about classics, we’re still in the moment. I have trouble defining what a classic is anymore. To me, a classic would be a body of work that shaped that year and the years afterward and had a massive impact on the music being made, the culture. So, in that regard, yeah for sure I think I have classic albums,” he said. He went on to name So Far Gone and Take Care as classics, but added that the classics conversation was tough for him. “I hate… I don’t like to give myself compliments, so it’s tough for me… I need someone else to say it.”
He also talked beefs.
He said he was able to resolve his beef with Meek Mill by listening to advice that Serena Williams gave him.
“We had been talking a lot about her and (Maria) Sharapova going back and forth over the years and she had made this comment to me,” Drake explained in the Rap Radar interview. “‘If you’re gonna go again… you gotta finish it.’ And you know she’s a top competitor. So, she was like, ‘You gotta finish it. I’m talking about done. Over. It’s gotta be something that everyone that he’s with and him have to hear…’ She kind of put this battery in my back.”
But he said he had “no desire to mend anything with that person” concerning his beef with Pusha-T, and that the same held true for Kanye West.
Drake on Pusha-T:
"Some people like his music. I personally don't 'cuz I don't believe any of it."
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) December 25, 2019
For Pusha-T, Drake said the “situation just went where it went and there is no turning back,” adding “I sleep well at night knowing I didn’t get out-barred… It was just, you know, he told the world that the biggest artist at the time has a kid that he hasn’t told you about. I knew kind of, for me, it was over at that point. It wasn’t even about battle rap.”
And Drake blames Kanye for starting the beef. “That’s where all of this stems from,” Drake tells Rap Radar.
“It’s all rooted in that situation, yes. I think that he definitely recruited a guy with a similar dislike for me no matter what he says in interviews. I know that… There’s something there that bothers him deeply and yeah, I can’t fix it for him. It just is what it is. I could never ever ever ever turn my back on the things that I’ve said about him in a positive light, and I still feel all those same things,” Drake said.
Drake did say he respects Kayne’s musical talent. “He’s still my, obviously with the exception of Lil Wayne… and if I look at Hov as the guy who truly shaped the majority of my thinking, skill set, all those things, Kanye West would be my favorite artist all around. And that’s just facts. I have no problem saying that,” Drake said, before adding that “things have changed. I’m not just some kid that’s a fan anymore. Now we have personal situations, and like I said, a lot of his issues with me, I can’t fix them for him.”
You can watch the full interview here.