You know how most people were scratching their heads, trying to figure out Meek Mill’s game plan after he called out Drake on Twitter and said he didn’t write his own rhymes? Yeah, Drake was one of those people, too, as he revealed to Fader in a rare interview for the magazine’s 100th cover.
Two months ago, Meek tweeted the tweet seen ’round the world which resulted in Drake clapping back with “Charged Up.” The 28-year-old rapper tells Fader he was perplexed by Meek’s lack of response since it was Meek who started it. “This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music. You guys are gonna leave this for me to do? This is how you want to play it?”
And like everyone else, Drake also wonders why didn’t any of Meek’s Dreamchasers or label execs advise against dissing him in the first place. “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?”
While we waited for Meek to respond to “Charged Up,” so did Drake. The “Hotline Bling” rapper was still waiting on a reply and reveals to the magazine that he was damn near offended when he didn’t immediately get one. “It was weighing heavy on me,” he says. “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.”
So, like any other top tier rapper, Drake went for the kill and released the ferocious “Back 2 Back.” And yes, Drake’s plan at that point was definitely to have “Back 2 Back” f*ck Meek’s whole summer up because he’s pretty much evil like that. “This has to literally become the song that people want to hear every single night, he confesses on creating the record. “It’s gonna be tough to exist during this summer when everybody wants to hear [this] song that isn’t necessarily in your favor.”
As far as the ghostwriting rumor and reference tracks, Drake admits that he sometimes needs “individuals to spark an idea.”
“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…If I have to be the vessel for this conversation to be brought up—you know, God forbid we start talking about writing and references and who takes what from where—I’m OK with it being me… It’s just, music at times can be a collaborative process, you know? Who came up with this, who came up with that—for me, it’s like, I know that it takes me to execute every single thing that I’ve done up until this point. And I’m not ashamed.”
Meanwhile, his reps claim Views From The 6‘s release is “imminent.” As if you need a reminder, it’s been one year and two months since Drizzy announced the album’s title on his Twitter.