Now that was unexpected. Knowing Drake, we thought he would never address the ghostwriting controversyand his short-lived feud with Mееk Mill, let alone both topics in one interview. However, it seems like journalist Leon Neyfakh is some kindof a magician or something, because he got Drizzy to elaborate on the whole scandal in a cover story for Fader’s 100th issue.During the sit-down, Drake addressed the leaked reference tracks recorded by Quentin Miller, saying, “I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running. I don’t mind that. And those recordings—they arewhat they are. And you can use your own judgment on what they mean toyou.”
Neyfakh then pressed him for the context of the songs, to which the Canadian replied, “There’s not necessarily a context to them. And I don’t know if I’m really here to even clarify it for 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 fromwhere—I’m OK with it being me.”Drake then makes a bigger point, explaining that he might collaborate with a lot of people, but is still the one who executes every single detail:“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.”
As for his beef with Meek Mill, Drake recalled hardly believing this foe didn’t deliver any response to “Charged Up” for days. “This is a discussion about music, and no one’sputting forth any music?” he said. “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 inthis 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?”
The Torontonian felt kind of offended Meek and his team remained mum for so long: “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.” At that point, he was only interested in putting an endto the feud by recording not only a proper diss, but a song which will become an instant hit: “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 that people want to hear every singlenight, and it’s gonna be tough to existduring this summer when everybodywants to hear [this] song that isn’t necessarily in your favor.” As you know, the outcome was “Back to Back.”The complete interview can be foundonthis link. Drake also speaks on hisco-signs, being vulnerable, and muchmore.