Drake has finally spoken up for the first time about allegation that he didn?t write his own lyrics and his feud with onetime collaborator Meek Mill. The Canadian rapper addresses the situation in an interview with Fader for its special 100th issue which he covers.
As fans know, Drake and Meek got involved in war of words this summer after the latter accused the former of using a ghostwriter for his songs, including one collaboration featured on ?Dreams Worth More Than Money? album.
In the chat with Fader, which happens to be his first extended interview in nearly two years, Drizzy reveals that he was at a kickball game when he first learned of the news. ?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,? ? he says.
Afterwards, he recorded ?Charged Up? as a response to the allegation. ?Given the circumstances, it felt right to just remind people what it is that I do, in case your opinions were wavering at any point,? he shares and adds he was pissed off when Meek failed to immediately respond to the song.
?This is a discussion about music, and no one?s putting forth any music?? he asks. ?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??
?It was weighing heavy on me. I didn?t get it. I didn?t get how there was no strategy on the opposite end. I just didn?t understand. I didn?t understand it because that?s just not how we operate,? he continues.
His frustration then led him to do ?Back to Back?. ?I was like, ?I?m gonna probably just finish this.? And I know how I have to finish it,? he explains. ?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.?
In the interview, Drake also acknowledges the existence of reference tracks he allegedly used for his own material. ?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,? he says. ?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.?
He adds, ?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.?