Drake Opens Up About Rihanna: 'I Was A Pawn'

He also talks about other women who influenced his music in an upcoming 'New York Times' profile.

A profile of Drake is set to run in Sunday's New York Times. In the story, the rapper opens up about his childhood, the making of his [article id="1628157"]breakout mixtape So Far Gone[/article] and his [article id="1611921"]fling with Rihanna[/article].

"I was a pawn," Drake told the newspaper about his time with Rihanna, which began with an invite to [article id="1613117"]pen a track for the singer[/article]. "You know what she was doing to me? She was doing exactly what I've done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear. I was like, 'Wow, this feels terrible.' "

Drake channeled the experience into song, penning a verse on [article id="1640148"]"Fireworks"[/article] dedicated to Rihanna, though he never mentions her by name. "I could tell it wasn't love/ I just thought you'd f---ed with me/ Who could have predicted/ Lucky Strike would have you stuck with me," Drake raps on the song, referring to the Manhattan bowling alley where the two reportedly made out. "Damn, I kept my wits about me, luckily/ What happened between us that night, it always seems to trouble me/ Now all of a sudden, these gossip rags want to cover me/ And you making it seem like it happened that way because of me."

Later in the story, Drake talks about the moody and melodic tracks that populate So Far Gone. The songs were inspired by a breakup with a woman he was dating who was involved with a far more famous rapper before Drake. His music was so intertwined with his relationship, he tried to push off material on Trey Songz.

"I don't even know if I wrote a rap song in that whole nine months," Drake said. "Because I wasn't a rapper anymore. I didn't believe in myself. I was someone else's property."

The rapper eventually rebounded, and his next pursuit served as the driving force behind his breakout hit "Best I Ever Had." "A lot of So Far Gone was predictions," he said of the collection. "I was rapping about things I'm only going through now."

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