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Drake: “I’m Ready For Whatever With Anybody”

By 08.07.13

XXL tapped Drake for their 150th and 16th year anniversary issue. Among subjects touched was, of course, Nothing Was The Same and competition.

Commenting on NWTS and insecurities about dropping new material during a very active year in music:

I remember coming into this year thinking, “How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?” I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to. I think I am going for it, to really establish what are murmurs or things being said quietly, “Um, I think that Drake might actually…” On September 17th I want people to be like, “Oh, we were right.”

Speaking on competition:

“It’s tough for me. That’s a guy I can’t pretend not to like. He’s the guy to me, in a lot of ways. That’s Kanye West. But I’m also here to be the best. I’m here to surpass. I’m here to outdo. I’m ready for whatever with anybody.”

Naturally. He’d be in the wrong business if he was working as hard as he was and then saying “I wanna be the fifth best n*gga out!”

Drake also briefly chopped it up with MTV on Monday to speak a little about his ’80s hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” If you thought you were being hit with some Michael Jackson-y magic, you were right. Drizzy revealed that he and producer 40 were “humbly” attempting to channel the King of Pop and Quincy Jones when creating “Hold On.” Papi also revealed that his intention was to create a timeless record that could be played at weddings 10 years from now.

Mission accomplished!


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