The OVO hit machine dropped a number of gems talking about the creation and impact of this third retail LP, Nothing Was the Same, his reconciliation with Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar and the infamous “Control.”
1. There Is No Competition
Drake and Kanye West have had a rocky relationship, but after their reconciliation at this year’s OVO Fest, both MCs have been vocal about their admiration for one another. “My competition is nobody else, by the way. It’s just me and ‘Ye,” Drizzy told Vibe.
2. He Won’t Take Kendrick’s “Bait”
“I don’t ever want to get into responses. It’s a commitment to go there. ‘The Language’ is just energy,” Drake said. “Jordan doesn’t have to play pickup to prove that he could play ball, offense.”
3. There Were Originally Two Versions Of Nothing Was The Same
Drake planned to release two versions of Nothing Was the Same. One version was to be sequenced in the order that we all know and love, and a second deluxe version that was meant to play in the reverse order starting with “Pound Cake.”
“It was a cool, different listening experience. We never brought it into fruition; I think it was some iTunes [issue] or something like that,” he said.
4. Marvin Gaye Influenced NWTS
“Here, My Dear was an influence to me because he was telling such a vivid story about going through divorce and that particular relationship,” Drizzy revealed.
5. Courtney From Hooters On Peachtree Gets An Apology
“She’s like the best girl ever. It was tough for me to watch that happen,” Drake said of Courtney, who he shouted out on “From Time” and made into an Internet celebrity.
6. He Wants To Be A Dad
Drake didn’t give a time table on when he plans to plant his seed, but he has definitely thought about having little Drizzys. “I just wanna be a good father,” he says.
7. Drake Is More 50 Cent Than Ja Rule
The “HYFR” MC often gets compared to Ja Rule because of his sing-song style of rap and relationship-based lyrics, but Drake sees himself as more of a Curtis Jackson type of guy. “Not from a street perspective, but from a hit-making perspective,” he clarified.
8. But He Also Wants To Be Like Tupac
“I just want people to love me like they love ‘Pac,” he admitted. “I want people to remember that I spoke from the heart and told the truth.”