Drake flew to New York City over the weekend for Elliott Wilson's CRWN interview series, and the 26-year-old got right with some controversy that has been surrounding his Nothing Was the Same release, which drops tomorrow (Sept. 24).
One of the biggest announcements came when Drake confirmed a forthcoming Wu-Tang Clan collaboration. While his tribute attempt on the album's track "Wu-Tang Forever" didn't sit well with some fans, he said Ghostface Killah approved, telling him "You're one of my favorite MCs," Drake revealed to Wilson.
As for when the collaboration will release, he would only say that the track would be out soon.
Additionally, he said, he plans to release an album full of vocals versus raps and hopes to continue breaking barriers between rapping and singing.
Later in the talk, Drake also shared his mother's response to "Too Much," where he raps about the troubles of fame and family and her health issues. "Hate the fact my mom's cooped up in her apartment/Telling herself that's she's too sick to get dressed up and go do s--t/Like that's true s--t," he spit. His mother was among the audience members on hand at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (along with his longtime producer Noah "40" Shebib, who joined him on stage at one point).
"She was upset because she felt like it warranted a personal conversation before I said that in the song," he explained. "What I had to remind her of was that we had had this personal conversation many times over and I felt like it wasn't going anywhere. It was sitting on my chest so heavy that one night I had that second verse to finish … it was like a huge release. I don't think I've ever felt anything like that before."
Before he left, he also made clear that he and Kendrick Lamar have no issues after the "Control" diss (despite speculation that his NWTS song "The Language" addresses Lamar), and that the two peacefully crossed paths at the MTV Video Music Awards. "It was all love," Drake said.
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