At this point, it seems as though Drake just can’t be stopped and to highlight his groundbreaking year, VIBE decided to make him the face of their highly anticipated winter issue. Even better than the cover though, is the interview itself, in which the rapper sets the record straight on the ‘competition’, ‘haters’ and the self-proclaimed king; Kendrick Lamar.
As many of you probably already know, Drake dropped a verse a few days ago on Future’s, “Sh!t (Remix) and said verse is thought to be shots fired at Lamar. So let’s cut to the chase and see what he had to say about K-Dot.
Q: Rap nerds have speculated whether “The Language” is a subliminal response to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Is it appropriate to put those two records side by side?
A: “I don’t ever want to get into responses. It’s a commitment to go there. “The Language” is just energy. What it was inspired by, I’m sure that, and other things. It’s just me talking my shit. 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. Where it became an issue is that I was rolling out an album while that verse was still bubbling, so my album rollout became about this thing. What am I supposed to say? Nah, we’ll be buddy-buddy? Mind you, I never once said he’s a bad guy [or] I don’t like him. I think he’s a fucking genius in his own right, but I also stood my ground as I should”.
He continued on, by saying,
“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”.
Well said! Check out the full interview here.