Drake has had a pretty amazing year. He knows that and so do we. But in the midst of his album, Nothing Was The Same, topping the charts and having just about everybody singing “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Started From The Bottom,” Drizzy Drake has had to confront a few haters. Don’t we all? They’ve said that he’s too emotional, they’ve called him out publicly and he even had to almost kick one off of his tour. But there’s no sweat coming from his brow. As he told VIBE, he knows he’s on top and it’s what comes with the territory: “No one ever loves that guy that’s on top.” Check out what he had to say about people (including Kendrick Lamar) coming for him, why he makes “girl records,” and why he doesn’t want to air out his exes on tracks anymore. Here’s the tea you should know:
His Childhood And Dealing With Racism
The racism I experienced was being Jewish. Jewish kids didn’t understand how I could be black and Jewish, ’cause we’re all young. It was just stupid, annoying rich kids that were closed-minded and mean, so I dealt with that more than anything. But it had everything to do with being Jewish, not being black. Like, “Why is this guy having a bar mitzvah?” It was just tough for them to understand.
He Thinks About All The Hate Now That He’s “On Top”:
In my mind, I’m still fighting to convince you that I’m meant to be here. I just want people to love me like they love ‘Pac. I want people to remember I spoke from the heart and told the truth. It’s so crazy because while ‘Pac was here, he felt like everybody hated him. And that’s where that s**t comes from. As much as I brush s**t off, I don’t feel like people love Drake necessarily. I’m still human—I see a lot of love, tickets selling, people going crazy. But at the same time, it’s tough to just see that. I see the rest of it, too. I know I must be most-hated out here.
If It Bothers Him That People Think He’s Too Emotional:
It’s flattery. I’m just being human, it’s not like I’m on records crying and making videos in the rain and s**t. I always get to this point where it’s like, “Man, how come this guy is allowed to do this? How come this guy is allowed to talk about the streets? All he did was be around it, just like me. He didn’t live it, but he’s allowed to talk about it. How come this guy is allowed to make girl records—love records—but they’re not girl records or love records when he does it?” I just have to step back and be like, because it doesn’t matter what those guys do. Whoever that is, it just doesn’t matter. They’re not important enough to be scrutinized like that. So it’s that feeling of accepting that I’m at the top and I don’t give them enough to talk about, so they have to make s**t. No one ever loves that guy that’s on top.
How He Feels About People In Rap Coming After Him:
As much of a show as it is for people and sometimes what makes it exciting, for us it’s just unnecessary pressure and stress. That s**t’s not fun. It’s not fun to be in a beef with somebody. If you do win the war of words, then what? Then where does it go? The person starts feeling self-conscious, and then we start getting into some whole other s**t. I try and avoid s**t like that for the sake of my career.
On Kendrick Lamar And The “Control” Record:
I never once felt the need to respond to that record. The sentiment he was putting forth is what he should have. Of course you wanna be the best…Mind you, I never once said he’s a bad guy [or] I don’t like him. I think he’s a f**king genius in his own right, but I also stood my ground as I should. And with that came another step, which then I have to realize I’m being baited and I’m not gonna fall. Jordan doesn’t have to play pickup to prove that he could play ball, no offense. But I’m not gonna give you the chance to shake me necessarily, ’cause I feel great. There’s no real issue. It’s tough because the people wanna see us tear each other down; I don’t wanna give them that. There’s no point. I have no ill feelings toward that guy. It’s just like, it’s there for me if I wanna fall for it. I’m just too smart for that. Hopefully it’s the last time I gotta talk about this, ’cause every time I open my mouth up about it, they take this piece and take this piece. And he’s hungry, so he’s going to do what he has to do like the BET [cypher]. But again, it’s not enough for me to go. We haven’t seen each other [since the BET cypher] but I’m sure we’ll see each other and it’ll be cool. And if it’s not, then I guess that’s how our story unfolds.
He’s such an interesting character. Gotta love Drake! Check out the full interview over at VIBE and let us know what you think!