Drake: I’m Ready For Any and All Competition, Covers XXL 150th Issue

(AllHipHop News) Drake is making sure the industry knows he’s coming for the crown in his cover story for XXL’s 150th issue.

In the interview, the Toronto native spoke on the difficulty to be in competition with his idols such as Kanye West, before relenting to take on all challengers:

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.

The man with the most Hip-Hop/R&B number one records ever (accomplished in three years) told XXL he surveyed the music landscape of 2013 and initially felt as if Nothing Was The Same would get overshadowed by big releases from Kanye West and Jay-Z. But according to him things did not “pan out” the way he worried they would:

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.”

  • Eli Pinilla

    Kendrick will go down as the best of this generation….but freddie gibbs and big krit are the best to me.

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      *Jay Z Laugh*

      • Eli Pinilla

        At your elmo shirt

      • junj03

        I think its angry birds, even worse lmao!

      • johnblacksad


      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        ur moms a whore and I pray that she catches a heart attack at your next thanksgiving! that is all!

      • Caliwaver

        Not this fag ass clown again.

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        *puts a hot blunt out on ur gay curly waves*

      • Caliwaver

        Wow that was corney Elmo. You trying to sound cool is not a good look for you.

    • Obi Won


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  • digitallife

    Ja-Rule 2.0 claims he’s ready for anything…Well son we’re ready for you to stfu and go sit somewhere quietly.

  • Arrie Mental Woodard

    a lot of people dis drake in public and sing his songs behind closed doors. ima keep it real the dude can spit. im not a fan of his singing but he can spit. im not gona shit on dude bcuz its the cool thing to do. I think if he wasnt aligned with Wayne that people would actually stop talking shit about him and just listen to the music. Hell i can name a bunch of wack ass nas songs and he is still one of the greats with some epicly bad songs and song choices.

  • Thomas Smith

    So let get this straight…He says he’s ready for all competition, but when real mc’s like Ludacris, common came at your neck all you wanted to do was give interviews??? smh I like drake’s music, but that guy needs to close his mouth and just bring out good music and that’s it……

    • Caliwaver

      Cuz Luda is not worthy. He can’t even get u a good single. Plus Luda was looking for beef when it came to Big Sean and Drake.

  • Obi Won

    Drake is cool, I personally don’t listen to him, but he serves his purpose in music, not Rap, not hip hop, but MUSIC. In order to be the best you challenge the best, and Drake has avoided competition. The only one he has really fed into was Chris Brown. Chris Brown is an R & B singer on paper. Drake wont be know as the King, Boss, or Don of anything involving music. Until he makes competition look inferior, he’ll just be a maker of music. Which is cool, but “any & all comp” is malarkey. Drake is smart, right now his closest competition for the new school on a mainstream level is Kendrick Lamar & maybe J Cole, and he slowly, quietly prevented any beef with Cole. Album sales will NEVER label a rapper the greatest.

    • keepitthoro

      really interesting take on that J. Cole point..so u saying he befriended Cole on a whole “can’t beat em (lyrically) join em”? sort of a strategy to defuse any potential situation where Cole puts him in the crosshairs? .. interesting cuz ya I agree with u that Drake makes music that appeals more to the masses than Cole, and if I understood ur point, ur right in a toe to toe battle, he wouldn’t want one with Cole

    • $20434212

      In my opinion, beef and “competition” have nothing to do with music. Nor does beef ever really make or break a career (except for the murderous beef, of course). Otherwise, Jay-Z would have shut down by Ether. Drake would be RIPed by Common. And supposedly Meeks career should be over because of that adorable Cassidy diss. Never really happens though.

      Drake puts numbers on the boards and that does count for making others look inferior. Jay Z said it, Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. If he’s reaching a wider audience and more people want to hear him than Jay or Ye, that says a lot.

      • siddiq ja’far

        I disagree cause how those numbers are calculated is false. Most album are shipped & counted by distribution companies to record stores that buy them to sell to consumers. Putting numbers on the board dont mean nothing cause the whole hip hop/ rap/ r&B demographic isnt counted, only avenues that are frequented by unlikely consumers are counted. I dont need to get any more deeper to what type of consumers Im talking about. You can not say your the best then avoid backing up that claim.

      • NEWSKULL

        I think in your mind and whoever else confused out there… you have to separate Mainstream level and Hip Hop level… The mainstream fans don’t care about “competition” because they are not hip hop fans, they don’t follow the stories and they don’t care about lyrics, they just love what sound good and/or look cool (aka good marketing) …they are the type of people to buy Drake and Britney Spears album at the same time because it’s $7.99…

        Quick question When it is time to put together the list of the top 5 rappers of all time where Jay stand compare to Nas?… See that’s HIP HOP level… Although Numbers don’t lie, Nas will always be that Nigga because On a Hip Hop level Jay was shut down by Ether… Same shit with Drake and common “Stay Schemin”…
        Jay promoting that number don’t lie shit is him trying to sleep better at night cauz on some real HIP HOP shieet! he knows where he stands…

        I think all that confusion comes from Eminem because he is the first to achieve success on both level at the same time three times… shit is very hard to do and three times at that (mmlp , the Eminem show, & the 8mile soundtrack)… to me only Two other rappers were able to do it… the second guy to achieve it and only once was 50 CENT with GRODT (“The massacre” was mainstream level I believe if he didn’t allegedly give these songs to The Game then I think he would have achieve it twice)… and finally KANYE West with Graduation…
        I hope y’all understand…right now Eminem is successful on a mainstream level only… JAY went that route too with MCHG… numbers don’t lie!…

      • Obi Won

        But think about how much hip hop/rap fans love Jay z, in a real hip hop conversation/debate its a guarantee that no matter how much Jay sells, no matter how viscous Jay is with the flow, someone will ALWAYS say “yeah but Nas killed him with Ether”. Whether a person agrees or disagrees, its still an argument that will go down for AGES. This is a generation of suckers who are not really confident in their muic or the old “i’m getting money, I don’t got time for that”…blah blah blah. Jay was getting money too but he called Nas “laaaaaammmmeeee” lol & put Prodigy on that summer jam screen lol. As a Nas & Prodigy fan (old P) I was PISSED. But I was like I know somebody has to lyrically murder this fool smh. We not talking Big Vs. Pac, but even Luda had TI had their little back & forth. So for Drake to wuss out on the opportunities given, the thought that even if given the crown it’ll be snatch within minutes. Lyrical Sharks smell blood.


      hmm ok on the MAINSTREAM Level I really only see J Cole as competition… Kendrick can coexist with both of them no problem …

      Now Drake didn’t prevent it… the beef will happen, it is strategy on Drake part… See Usually Album 3 is the real deal, that let everyday know your brand is strong(i.e. 50 VS KANYE)… After his third album release (and he will probably do the same numbers), the only thing Drake will be after is his legitimacy on a hip-hop level …

      On the real King Cole killed two birds with one stone when he dropped “born sinner”… He proved his brand was strong enough to withstand a Kanye West album and he was cosigned by one of the greatest lyricist of all time aka NAS… Drake can act like that he doesn’t care but he wished so bad that something like what would happen to him…
      So in a sense he know damn well that Young KING Cole got that “real” crown… Right now they are buddies and they are hanging around… But See how he is already setting up this beef thing, he is already talking about “being ready for whatever” and making references about Kanye and “watch the throne” cauz J Cole is on Jay-Z label… I bet he will diss J. Cole when the time is right (probably album 4) a la Jay VS Nas…

      Get your pop corns ready guys!…Can’t wait when that happen but yo the New school need a bad guy though… I am voting for SCHOOL BOY Q… What y’all think?

    • golder1

      How does he avoid competition. Every time he puts out an album he is competeing with the next artist. People like to hate and make up stuff about people they have no clue about. Album sales can label rapper the greatest. That was one of the reason Wayne said he was best because of his album sales

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  • Dwayne Nvo

    Drake the type of nigga to cuddle with prostitutes
    Drake the type of nigga to end up in the cast of Glee
    Drake the type of nigga to act hard with a lap dog
    Drake the type of nigga to braid niggas hair on the stoop
    Drake the type of nigga to rap using “spirit fingers”.
    Drake the type of nigga to sleep sucking his thumb
    Drake the type of nigga to get shitstains in the front of his drawers.
    Drake the type of nigga to tonguekiss girls from ghettogaggers after filming.
    Drake the type of nigga to make a twerk video
    Drake the type of nigga to eat hotdogs with his eyes closed
    Drake the type of nigga to cry over a pimple
    Drake the type of nigga to watch tv laying on his stomach.
    Drake the type of nigga to skip while meanmuggin
    Drake the type of nigga to pillow fight dudes
    Drake the type of nigga to tie up the bottom of his t shirts
    Drake the type of nigga to get breastfed by his dad
    Drake the type of nigga to use a shakeweight

    • wickedjones

      Sounds like you hating to me…. #imjustsaying

    • johnblacksad

      LMFAO… watch TV laying on his stomach

    • Mec-One

      Some funny stuff right there ……

    • j.walker

      looks like you’ve been working on that for awhile.

  • NCcatsBALLhard

    Drake says he’s ready for whatever then pulls a dummy move by dropping the same day as GTA 5….smh

    • 123kid

      when does MGSV come out

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  • DesignatedH8R

    *rolls eyes*

  • 123kid

    Get Ready for Ja Rule hes free now

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  • siddiq ja’far

    Drake is a pop artist, hip hop isnt in his genes what so ever. He’s not conscious, not aggressive in anyway. His delivery isnt metaphorical & he sings off key with no range , cant hold a note or run his voice. Theres a saying, you can make anyone into a star, he would of NEVER survived in the 90’s. All he do is pop shit in interviews then shut his mouth when someone challenges him, any male artist anyway. Stop catagorizing him as hip hop artist, smh crazy

    • golder1

      Thats ignorant nonsense. Drake would be great in the 90’s as he is now. Great music is great music. He doesnt have to be aggressive to be hip hop. Will Smith was never aggressive, Father M.C, Heavy D, Kwama,ect. Hip hop is made up of many different types of people. Not everyone in hip hop is a thug, gangsta, or hard. Drake is a hi hop artist whi can incorporate different genres into his style just like Ceelo who is just as hip hop as Drake.

  • YahMamma

    Budden called – wants his beard back…