(AllHipHop News) It has been over a year since Drake has done an interview for a magazine cover story, but the OVO leader let down his guard for a new article in The Fader. The lengthy piece included the most talked about Hip Hop story of the summer - Drizzy's battle with Meek Mill. The "Back To Back" rhymer also finally addressed the Quentin Miller ghostwriting allegations.
On finding out about the Quentin Miller reference tracks leaking:
I was at a charity kickball game—which we won, by the way—and my brother called me. He was just like, "I don’t know if you’re aware, but, yo, they’re trying to end us out here. They’re just spreading, like, propaganda. Where are you? You need to come here." So we all circled up at the studio, and sat there as Flex went on the air, and these guys flip-flopped [about how] they were gonna do this, that, and the third.
On Meek's perceived lack of strategy:
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 in this 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?
On his "Back To Back" response track:
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 single night, and it’s gonna be tough to exist during this summer when everybody wants to hear [this] song that isn’t necessarily in your favor.
On the reference tracks and ghostwriting accusations:
I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running. I don’t mind that. And those recordings—they are what they are. And you can use your own judgment on what they mean to you...
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 from where—I’m OK with it being me...
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.