Expect lots of awkwardness the next time Drake runs into one of his mentors, Jay-Z. First, the Toronto MC finally claimed sides in the Hov/Lil Wayne beef last week, and now he’s saying he should’ve beaten Jay for a Grammy.
Drake recently talked to Billboard about his Grammys tally: six nominations, zero wins. The Toronto MC controversially lost to Esperanza Spalding for Best New Artist earlier this year — but he says that Jay’s “D.O.A” beating out his "Best I Ever Had" for Best Rap Performance in 2010 is the one that really stung.
“Forget last year, because when I read up on the young lady that won [Spalding], she did some incredible things,” Drake says. “But the one that really got to me was when I lost to ‘D.O.A.’ for ‘Best I Ever Had.’ That one to me was, like, really? Not to say that Jay-Z isn't the most incredible rapper and that ‘D.O.A.’ wasn't a good song. I just felt like they had an option to give me a Grammy for a mixtape, and they just didn't do it [laughs]. Because it goes against the grain of everything that is traditional.”
Drake went on to say that he thinks “politics” hurts the award show’s credibility. “I don't mean disrespect when I say this, but I've kind of given up on them …. It's tough. They can never really break their mold,” he said. “I don't measure my success anymore by the Grammys. I can't, because I'll just end up crushed. And, not to be offensive, I just feel it's political. Would I love to win a Grammy? Sure. Will I win one after that comment? Probably not.”
Still, the Toronto rapper says that winning one of the prestigious awards is a lifelong dream. “If I ever get one, or when I get one, I'll be ecstatic, because that's a recurring dream I've had since I was a kid: That my mother's still alive and that I'm onstage accepting a Grammy, and I get to thank her on that stage,” he said.
To read the rest of the interview, in which Drake also discusses his new album, Take Care, his relationship with Lil Wayne and more, click here.
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