Drake Covers FADER’s 100th Issue
Its been a minute since Drake has graced the cover of a magazine, or done an in-depth interview. After quite a hiatus, Drake returns to cover FADER ‘s 100th issue cover which was revealed today.
After some controversy with Rolling Stone last year, Drake vowed that he was done doing interviews. A lot has happened since then and in this exclusive interview, he doesn’t hold back. Inside his cover story, Drake talks ‘Views From The 6′ progress, his beef with Meek Mill, ghostwriting accusations, and being a voice for our generation.
The issue will be on newsstands on October 27th, but until then check out some excerpts from the cover story below.
On ghostwriting accusations:
“I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running. I don’t mind that. And those recordings—they are what they are. And you can use your own judgment on what they mean to you. There’s not necessarily a context to them. And I don’t know if I’m really here to even clarify it for you.”
On “beef” with Meek Mill and “Back to Back”:’
“I’m just gonna bring it up ‘cause it’s important to me. I was at a charity kickball game—which we won, by the way—and my brother called me. He was just like, ‘I don’t know if you’re aware, but, yo, they’re trying to end us out here. They’re just spreading, like, propaganda. Where are you? You need to come here.’ So we all circled up at the studio, and sat there as Flex went on the air, and these guys flip-flopped [about how] they were gonna do this, that, and the third.
He recorded “Charged Up” that very night and released it the next day on the same episode of OVO Radio that saw the debut of “Hotline Bling. Given the circumstances, it felt right to just remind people what it is that I do…in case your opinions were wavering at any point.
When a reply to “Charged Up” didn’t come, Drake could hardly believe it. “This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music?” he says, speaking with a furrowed brow, as if reliving his incredulity. You guys are gonna leave this for me to do? This is how you want to play it? You guys didn’t think this through at all—nobody? You guys have high-ranking members watching over you. Nobody told you that this was a bad idea, to engage in this and not have something? You’re gonna engage in a conversation about writing music, and delivering music, with me? And not have anything to put forth on the table?”
As the days ticked by and a rebuttal from Meek Mill continued to not materialize, Drake became almost offended at the lack of hustle the other team was putting in. “It was weighing heavy on me. I didn’t get it. I didn’t get how there was no strategy on the opposite end. I just didn’t understand. I didn’t understand it because that’s just not how we operate.”
“I was like, ‘I’m gonna probably just finish this.’ And I know how I have to finish it. This has to literally become the song (“Back to Back”)that people want to hear every single night, and it’s gonna be tough to exist during this summer when everybody wants to hear [this] song that isn’t necessarily in your favor.”
On having an anthem for Toronto:
“I always used to be so envious, man, that Wiz Khalifa had that song ‘Black and Yellow,’ and it was just a song about Pittsburgh. Like, the world was singing a song about Pittsburgh! And I was just so baffled, as a songwriter, at how you stumbled upon a hit record about Pittsburgh. Like, your city must be elated! They must be so proud. And I told myself, over the duration of my career, I would definitely have a song that strictly belonged to Toronto but that the world embraced. So, ‘Know Yourself’ was a big thing off my checklist.”
On choosing certain songs to remix:
“It’s just channeling my mom. Like, I’d bring home an essay that I did really well on, and my mom would read it through and give me notes back—on the essay that I just scored like 94 on! So sometimes I just do that. I’ll hear people’s stuff and… I’ll just give my interpretation of how I would have done it. That’s not meant to be taken offensively, he adds: “It’s just, literally, I’ve recognized the potential and the greatness in this piece, and I want to take my stab at it too—which is kind of what my mom always did, you know? She was just reliving her school days. Like, she just wanted to really write the essay herself. But I had already done it, so she just kind of gave me new paragraphs and sentences and made it better.”
Read the full cover story HERE.
Watch the video from Drake’s cover shoot below.
Source: Word on Road
25 Sep, 2015
Drake Covers FADER’s 100th Issue
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