Drake is the subject of Complex magazine's latest cover story, and the Toronto rapper and Young Money lieutenant is speaking out about his role in the perceived war of words with Kanye West and Jay-Z.
Some have interpreted Kanye's verse on the Watch the Throne track "Otis" as a jab at Drake, and then there's that whole controversy about Drake's supposed Jay-Z slight on "Dreams Money Can Buy."
“Rapping is about being young and doing your thing and being fly,” he said regarding his "My favorite rappers either lost it or they ain't alive" line from "DMCB." “I’m sure people took it that way and that’s good, man. That’s great. Wake the f*** up. I hope it makes you go harder. I hope it makes you get mad at me and write a song with me in mind. I hope Kanye’s verse on 'Otis' was with that in mind. Everyone tried to tell me 'Oh Jay is going at you.’ I don’t hear it, but I hope it was man, that song is f***ing incredible. Making each other go harder, that's what this sh*t is about.”
Drake also takes time to address his steady chorus of haters, who seem to have only become more vocal as his star has gotten brighter.
“They nitpick at everything,” he said. “I can’t do anything. All they want me to do is dress so they can make fun of me. Otherwise, it’s hard for them. I don’t give people many reasons to dislike me. They have to find sh*t. They’re like, ‘Aw man, sweaters! He wears sweaters too much.’ Like, what?”
Read the full profile available now at Complex. Drizzy's sophomore album Take Care hits stores tomorrow.
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