Champagne Papi gets candid.
He might currently be on tour and finishing up a new project but Drake found time to do a rare interview, which premiered on Beats 1 on Saturday (Feb 18.)
He talked the Grammys, Nicki Minaj, racism, Meek Mill, new music and more with DJ Semtex on OVOSOUND Radio.
Drake is about to drop a playlist of new material, "More Life," which he describes as "an evolution of the mixtape."
“It’s really put together as a seamless listen. Basically, what I asked myself was, ‘What would happen if I just did an OVOSOUND Radio but every song was a new Drake song?’ That was kind of my idea for it," he explains.
"It’s just an evolution of the mixtape. It was getting tough to be like, ‘I’m dropping a mixtape but it’s for sale on iTunes.’ It was like, ‘Oh, that’s your album.’ I didn’t want people to say this is my next album. Views was my album. This is something that, after Views, I was just inspired. I wanted to keep the music flowing."
I’m not angry about the way last night worked out but do I feel racism? Yeah, I feel it. I notice it going on.
Much like last year's Oscars, racism and politics have dominated the chat of the 2017 Grammy Awards. The interview took place the day after the show, where Drake won two awards for "Hotline Bling," and he dismisses his wins while discussing the issue.
“I am referred to as a black artist. At the Grammys, I am a black artist. I’m apparently a rapper even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song. The only category that they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m rap. I can’t figure out why, just like I can’t figure out why ‘One Dance’ wasn’t nominated."
"There’s pop obligations that they have and I fluked out and got one of the biggest songs of the year. That is a pop song and I’m proud of that. I love the rap world and I love the pop community but I write pop songs for a reason. I want to be like Michael Jackson and artists I looked up to. Those are pop songs. I never get any credit for that. By the way, I’m speaking to you as a winner. I won two awards last night, but I don’t even want them. It just feels weird, for some reason. It just doesn’t feel right to me."
It's interesting that Drake recognises "One Dance" and "Hotline Bling" to be pop songs because their parent album, "Views," has been considered his weakest rap effort thus far, despite being a commercial juggernaut.
Funnily enough, he almost didn't rap on "Views" at all:
“It started with ‘Work’ because it came out before my album. And then, it progressed into ‘One Dance,’ ‘Controlla,’ ‘Too Good.’ The style of music that was making me happy at the time…I was having trouble figuring myself out in rap at the time," he explains.
"There was a time when I actually thought about taking all the rap off of Views and just making it an album full of music that made me happy with melody. But I know why I’m here. I know who my core fan base is. So, towards the end of the album, I tried to execute as best as I could on the rap end.”
To hear him talk about Nicki Minaj, his beef with Meek Mill and Kanye West, listen to the full interview below.