Drake rarely does interviews, so there's a lot to tackle when he does. That's exactly when happened late Thursday night, when his chat with Zane Lowe aired on Beats 1, just as his new album, Views, hit iTunes.
It was a special episode of Aubrey's OVO Sound Radio, which airs weekly. Slated to start at 10 p.m. EST, the interview was then pushed to 10:45 p.m., and ultimately started airing a little after 11 p.m. If you stuck around, you heard Drake address plenty of topics and drop some gems. If not, catch up with some highlights below.
You can listen to the full episode here.
He Doesn't Have Issues With The Weeknd, But They Don't Talk
"At the end of the day, that's my guy. We're from the same city. We grew up with the same goal ... I'm proud of his success. We've both had our moments where we've maybe felt a way and taken it maybe a little left, but I can sit here and say I have nothing but love for everybody over there. I loved watching him last year. It made me super happy ... I've never got the chance to tell him, but I send him all my blessings. I could never really want ill for him."
He Doesn't Talk To Nicki Minaj, Either
"I don’t really talk to Nicki. Again, another person I have a lot of love for. A lot of love and a lot of respect. Not only for our past, and how much work and time we put in, but even just the way she dealt with the situation. I understand what love is, and I understand a personal situation. She dealt with me how I would expect her to -- which was with class. I could only ever do the same. There was points in time where I was sitting there waiting -- is this gonna go -- how deep is your love? You gotta ask yourself. I always have respect and love for Nicki. Unfortunately, we haven’t spoke. But it is what it is. Even if we don't speak, she knows what it is. It's always love."
He's Rooting For Birdman And Lil Wayne To Reconcile
"I’m a person that’s very grateful for all the names that you mention, specifically Birdman and Wayne. It's tough. To be honest with you, it's tough to watch. I have a mutual respect for both guys. I pray that it works out."
Jay Z Wasn't Even Supposed To Be On "Pop Style"
"Jay didn’t really do a verse. Really, I just was trying to get ‘Ye on it first. ‘Ye just kind of sent it to me like that, ‘Jay kinda just did my first few lines for me and that’s how we flexed it.' ... Of course people want to hear Jay Z rap, so hearing him do two lines might be frustrating to a certain audience ... That just landed in my lap. I just dealt with it accordingly. It didn’t play out how I wanted it to as far as business or whatever goes. So I figured it would be easier to go with my version. I've expressed my admiration and respect for Jay countless times. Sometimes we just fall on opposite sides of the spectrum. It’s always mutual respect but sometimes it has to be from afar."
He And Kanye Might Do A Mixtape Or Album Together
"I love ‘Ye, man. He's a really good guy. Obviously grew up with him as a role model ... We have one of those friendships that you don't often get in rap, because we can link each other and discuss anything ... I hope we get some more music out ASAP. We had plans. We were supposed to do a mixtape together, or album together."
His Rihanna Collab Came After "Work"
"‘Too Good' came to fruition after we did ‘Work.' I was like, I think I have one that would follow this one up really nicely. She got in the studio and just bodied it. It was like a flawless victory when she sent it back ... We have a genuine energy between us."
He's About To Get Back Into Acting
"I got something nice coming up in May. I’d love to go back to acting. I feel like I spent a lot of my life honing that craft ... [Movies] is the goal. Movies, it’s all about the right decisions. Picking the right first project for you, and second project."