Many were wondering what some of the rappers mentioned in Kendrick’s “Control” verse had thought on his lyrics. Drake mentioned a few words about it, which you can check out below. He also talks about his upcoming album dropping next month.

On Kendrick’s “Control” verse:

“I went about my day, went and got dinner and kept it moving,” Drizzy told Billboard in their Fall Preview issue on Kendrick Lamar’s verse on the ever-so-controversial “Control.” “I didn’t really have anything to say about it,” he continued. “It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”

On the sound of “Nothing Was The Same”:

“There’s a lot less sort of ambient ballad moments on this album where I’m searching or longing for something,” he told Billboard. “That sentiment is gone. Now I’m just kind of like, ‘You know, I’m 26, I don’t know what the fuck else I could be doing better than this. I feel incredible about how I’m able to support my family and friends and how supportive my family and friends have been of me.’”

On the jokes & memes:

“I’ll be out trying to get a sandwich or something and the guy will say to me, ‘I’d give you a free drink with that, but you know, no new friends,’” Drake says with a laugh. “I swear I’m not sitting around going, ‘What’s the new meme going to be?’ But I do spend a lot of time when I’m writing, especially lately, trying to make something for people to live by. I’m trying to make anthems that are empowering to people, to find phrases that I haven’t heard before. I’m not just going to sit here and be like, ‘Fuckin’ bitches, getting money!’”

On success:

“A lot of people get on and it’s like they’re just waiting to get more on,” he continues. “They’re always waiting for a bigger moment to come. But I’ve started to realize that this is it, this is the moment. And it reads, you know? People come up to me now and they’re like, ‘Man, you look good! You look like you’re happy.’”


On starting the OVO Record Label:

“We had talked about a label for years, but now is the time when it feels right,” says El-Khatib, 29. “We’re mature enough and we understand the business enough and we have the infrastructure now. It’s not so scary anymore.”


On Future Plans with OVO:

“The goal is to continue to push the culture forward and form a team that can really contribute some great music to the world,” Drake says of OVO. “My ears are definitely out. I’m looking to hear the next wave.”

On Being Signed with YMCMB:

“Being an artist that’s signed to another artist, I understand how much of a representation I am of that artist,” he says. “So I want to be extremely selective. I want artists who are, first and foremost, genuinely good people who are good to be around, and second, who have pure talent and will make me look smart for signing them [laughs].”

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