Drake Says He Sometimes Prefers R&B Over Rap

Drake also shares his desire to outdo himself and those around him.

Following the release of Drake’s first major, musical introduction, his highly-touted So Far Gone mixtape, the Canadian artist has become well-known for his talents as both a singer and rapper. Despite his ability to tap into both the rap and R&B genres, Drake has also garnered criticism for those qualities.

During his CRWN interview with Elliott Wilson, the Young Money emcee expressed his frustration with those who scrutinize his choice to include both melody-driven records and Hip Hop-heavy songs on his projects. Drake also questioned why rappers are able to incorporate melodies on their records and not draw criticism from others.

In addition to bringing attention to what he feels is a double standard toward his music, Drizzy expressed his desire to blur the lines in music with his newly-released album, Nothing Was The Same.

“There’s something to be said for—I understand sort of when people start saying that," Drake said. "When it’s just straight up ballads and it’s music that I’m in love with. I mean, I’ll be honest, there’s times where I feel like I like R&B music better than I like rap music. It’s just sometimes I like listening to it, whether it be classic, whether it be new. It’s just when I find myself having free time, you know, I like melody. And it’s so funny that people scrutinize me so much for melody because then another rapper will go and drop their single and the whole single is melody-driven and that’s okay because he’s allowed to do that and I’m not allowed to do that. It’s just like this crazy double standard that people have for me. But with this album I tried to blur the lines between say a song on the last album like ‘Doing It Wrong,’ which was like straight melody. And it was like straight ballad. It was very slow. It was kinda drawn out. It was like there was a sentiment to it…I try to make even the R&B songs exciting to the point where it’s like ‘Man, this doesn’t even feel like R&B.’”

The Nothing Was The Same crafter didn’t seem terribly concerned with naysayers though as he commented on having enough love from his fans alone when asked about his father’s reaction to the Jhene Aiko-assisted “From Time,” a record featured on his new LP.

“When it comes to somebody like that I’ll never be that guy to him,” Drake said. “I’ll never be the guy that’s aggressive enough. I’ll never be the guy that is rap or Hip Hop enough. And that’s fine. You know, I accept that.

"Look at this, I have enough love,” added Drake, as he pointed to the audience. “I don’t need everybody’s love. I get it. But it does make me happy that even when there is somebody who can say—‘Man, you know, I’m not a Drake fan, but I gotta say there’s some joints on here.’ But that’s what it’s about man. That’s evolution.”

Lastly, Drizzy addressed his heavy work ethic and his inability to let even a single bar be placed on a song without careful consideration.

“I always wanna outdo myself. I always wanna outdo everybody else around me,” he said. “I’m a very competitive person. I’m just quiet about it…I don’t need to tell you who I’m better than or who I’m trying to be better than. I just wanna put my music out and then you tell me who’s better than. I mean, I leave it up to the people…I try not to sacrifice any bar. I’ll sit there on the last two lines of a verse for three, four days if I need to.”

Video of Drake’s CRWN interview can be found below (via 2DopeBoyz).

CRWN x Drake, Ep. 1: NWTS, Rivals and Idols from CRWN on Myspace.

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92 Comments

  • Anonymous

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  • Drake runs rap

    drake articles give this site relevence if they dont post stuff about drake no1 checking for it. They only check for the face of rap and the most popular rapper today.

  • Anonymous

    drake says he sometimes prefers cock over pussy

  • jasonnns

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/PJc3bWW0iu0/mqdefault.jpg

  • COCA

    YES THERE ARE OTHER RAPPERS THAT DO MELODIC SONGS... BUT NOT MANY THAT DO ENTIRE MELODIC ALBUMS!!! AT LEAST NOT RESPECTED ONES... THE PROBLEM IS YOU'RE A PUSSY R&B SINGER, BUT WANT TO BE MENTIONED AS ONE OF THE TOP MC'S!!!

  • Hmm

    No need to hate on Drake. He is an R&B artist after all.

  • Gordon Gartrelle

    A) Sometimes? Meaning all the time right? 2) How is this even 'news'? D) Who cares?

  • TMZ

    Drake Diss Kendrick Lamar ! http://tinyurl.com/mbthsgt

  • Anonymous

    Drake the type of nigga to sometimes prefer R&B over Rap.

  • money

    i can agree drake be on that soft shit but if u dont listen to r&b u not gettin pussy like that cause bitches love that shit

  • asd

    that guy fails so hard at rapping & hiphop. his music sounds like bieber.

    • Ja Rule

      @yo Don't even sweat it...it seems like I have an entire "Army" of dicksuckers.

    • Ja Rule Army

      huh how can a 'hater' 'dick ride' when you're the one on the dick. THE IRONY [Plus stop being a bitch n quit using the word 'hater' u ain't 10 use 'critic' or something similar]

  • JM

    Honestly i LOVE drake as that rapper with that R&B style flow and beat like "The Real Her". Drake is weak when it comes to just hardcore rap. He needs to stick with that slow-flow-feel like most of which you hear on his take care album. Songs like Cameras, Marvin's room and shot for me are a perfect example of this rather than songs like headlines and make me proud and underground kings. Im not saying those songs are horrible, but i prefer the slower sings much more than the others. Just my opinion, i know theres a lot of hate on him. I just think he's found himself as an artist best on take care.

  • yuiop

    sometimes things do happen.where finding out singer "mya" is putting rabbit masks on and spying at people while she laughs real crazy

  • Anonymous

    lil wayne retires but leaves this shit stain behind

  • Jewish Nigga

    I want to thank drake for making us Jewish niggas more popular in jewish culture. Nothing begs for acceptance from white people harder than converting to their religion for the sake of who runs hollywood. THANK YOU DRAKE!

  • Anonymous

    Next time we talk i dont just want to talk I WANT TO TRUST!!!!!

    • drizzy!

      LMAO! Seriously, I think that he deliberately said exceptionally emo things on this album just to troll people. That line and pretty much the last portion of Connect are trolling. I fuck with Connect though!

  • Young White Boy

    you muthafuckers don't know shit drake is rap he is hip-hop everybody is a guest to him he will go down in history as the G.O.A.T. smh!!

  • No shit

    Has this clown made a hip hop track yet? And why is HipHopDX all on the backside of his nuts these days?

  • Decaff Freddie

    Just hurry uo and change this shit to DrakeDX.com Funny thing is, even with all the pandering you clowns still don't rate high enough to land an interview with him.

  • Anonymous

    Drake is the face of hip hop but likes R&B more than hip hop and wants to make an all R&B album and turn full on R&B artist at the age of 33 ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!???????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!???????????????????????????????????!!?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!?????????????????????????????!!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!??????????????????????!!!!!!??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!???????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!??????????????????????????????????????????????????????!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • JR

    this faggot alway prefer dick in his butt hole

  • Anonymous

    A month ago drake was my favorite rapper, since then he has sound gayer and gayer and gayer in interviews and now I hate him.

  • Drakes Gay

    Is it me or is Drake starting to sound hella gay in these interviews? I lost respect for Drake over the Kendrick shit, this nigga really took that verse to heart which lets me know this dude ain't got no bars... This nigga don't want to see that Bar raised high, he ain't tryna jump and get it he better off trying to skydive; out the exit window of 5 G5's with 5 grand. Sincerly, Drakes Gay

  • Anonymous

    Drake Says He Sometimes Prefers MEN over WOMEN

  • TRE

    i swear if i see another "Drake Says...." article by the end of the day i will never come back to this site again. it's legitimately pissing me off at this point. at least put it all in one article FUCK

    • gun di liro

      That seems to be the trend on DX now. Anytime a major artist is dropping an album we get a bunch of _______ says articles. DX just takes one interview and chops them up into a dozen articles. They did the same thing with Kendick, Cole and now its Drake's turn.

  • RGeezy

    Sometimes? This dude should be on the box of Fruity Pebbles.

  • dentaldamboy

    That's why drake is the face of music.

  • Anonymous

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  • YOUGUYSAREFUCKINGIDIOTS

    UGH. It's possible that HHDX couldn't post the entire interview so they chopped it up. And like one of the anonymous guys said, they do this whenever an artist drops an album. It's called promotion.

  • Anonymous

    So glad the comment section feels the same way I do. What's next, "Drake prefers tuna sandwiches over chicken salad"

  • Anonymous

    Lmao this is the most obvious/shitty article title ever.

  • Anonymous

    whats this like the 3rd fucking drake article from the same damn interview?

  • drizzy!

    DX, I'm a huge Drake fan, but even I find it pretty fucking ridiculous that ever other article is about Drake. Also, this is like somebody saying the sky is blue. Obviously a dude who has been rapping and making R&B music since the mid-00's is going to sometimes prefer R&B to Rap and vice versa.

  • Anonymous

    yeah no shit and sometimes he prefers the hard cock over the moist vagina

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I prefer free balling over tighty whities.

  • TOO MUCH

    TOO MUCH DRAKE. FUCK DRAKE!!!

  • thug life white nigga

    And sometimes he prefers men over women!!

  • Anonymous

    a bunch of fake ass thug wannabe keep hating cuz never listen and feel shits for life or for some other reason is too scared to admit someone like Drake is creative and eclectic to music . Thats why 99% of those who hate on drake are black . Keep maintaining that fake ass pseudo tough mask ya'll having on. If hes a soft, fake, bitchass nigga like some of ya'll say then would be driving that bugatti , owns 5 house getting paid over 100 Gs for a show in the age of 25s. Now , what ? ya'll gonna say those fans who been paying his bills are stupid ? One thing a lot of you should understand is u might be wrong but the people who work in the music industry and publish these musics won't . They know damn well whats gonna work to bring profit to them and benefit to the listeners. HIPHOP never died , its only expanding to its utmost copious forms as much as it can be and some of us are too superficial to adapt , comprehend and fathom the new approach. I might be writing to much bullshit for those hating species but open minded people will get it. shout out to Lil B , riff raff, soulja boy .... trash music and still getting paid

    • Anonymous

      yeah no homo thou. better not be wearing that Gangstalicious outfits bro

    • Riley Freeman

      Man, y'all niggas wit dem long ass essays is gay.

    • Anonymous

      YEAH BRUHH. IMMA REAL NIGGA WAKE UP WITH ONE PILLOW , ONLY LiSTENING TO REAL RAP RAW WHILE MY MOM MAKING ME BREAKFAST . AND I HAVE NO TOLERANCE FOR SOFT SHITS WHATSOEVER.

    • Anonymous

      those 2 anonymous nigga with those longass comments deserve a grammy . #TRUE AS FUCK

    • Anonymous

      LOL I HERE U BRO THE SHIT Y'ALL SAY AND THE HATE Y'ALL HAVE FOR DRAKE IS THE SAME SHIT Y'ALL LAME ASS BIPOLAR FANS SAY ABOUT J.COLE MAN I TELL U NO WONDER HIP HOP IS DEAD WE CAN'T STAND TO SEE LIGHT SKINNED BIRACIAL RAPPERS DOING IT BIG IN THE RAP GAME TODAY AND WE ALWAYS GOT TO VOICE OUR WACK ASS POLITICAL OPINION ON THESE RAPPERS OH THEY CAN'T RAP, OH THEY ARE BORING AND MEDICORE, OR THEY CAN'T SPIT BARS ETC. I MEAN COME ON SOME OF Y'ALL JUST NEED TO LISTEN TO WHAT U REALLY LIKE IN THE MUSIC WORLD INSTEAD OF DOWNPLAYING MC'S THAT ARE DOING SHIT WITH THEIR CAREERS AND BEING SUCCESSFUL WITH IT THAT'S WHY U ARE,JUDGED AS HATERS CAUSE SOME OF U NEVER HAVE ANYTHING GOOD OR POSITIVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS RAPPERS U DISLIKE ALL Y'ALL DO IS POST YOUR OPINIONS THINKING WHATEVER U SAY COUNTS LOL WAY TO HILARIOUS IF THAT WAS THE CASE MILLIONS OF RAPPERS PROBABLY WOULD BE OUT OF A JOB BUT THAT'S NOT THE CASE IS IT YOUR OPINIONS DON'T MEAN SHIT IT ONLY DOES TO YOURSELF AND THAT'S THE DEFINITION OF HATERS WITH SHITTY OPINIONS THEY DICKRIDE RAP ARTISTS THEY DON'T LIKE WORSE THAN THE FANS THAT LOVE THE RAP ARTISTS VERY SAD LOL THAT'S WHY HIP HOP IS DEAD WE HAVE NO SENSE OF VARIETY OR TASTE IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF STYLES OR LYRICS OF RAP MUSIC TODAY WORD OF ADVICE TO THE ONES WHO DON'T HAVE TASTE IN HIP HOP KNOW YOUR MUSIC STOP POSTING COMMENTS AND OPINIONS ALL YOUR LIFE AND SIT DOWN SHUT THE FUCK UP AND ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE MUSIC EVERY WORD EVERY VERSE, PUNCHLINE, LYRIC, AND HOOK AS WELL AS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THEN IF YOUR STILL NOT FEELING IT JUST BUY AND LISTEN TO WHAT U LIKE AND CAN VIBE TO ITS SAMPLE THAT'S WHAT I DO WHY AREN'T Y'ALL DOING IT STOP DRINKING HATERIDE IT SUCKS ASS TO HATE

    • Anonymous

      there's nothing eclectic about Drake's music, that shit is straight assembly line music with no soul designed for profit of companies not entertaiment of people.

    • Anonymous

      WORD DA FUCK UP. and hiphopdx shouldnt be posting too much drake like this . Otherwise we gon c a bunch of dumbass hating comments

  • Anonymous

    In other news. Footage of Drake digging his nose at a red light is released by TMZ.

  • j

    We'd prefer if you stay out of rap all together. In fact how about going back to Canada?

  • detroit niggroe

    That's cause he a weak ass Hebrew nigga

  • yugang

    no shit this motherfucker prefers r&b over rap. we already knew that. why the hell is this even news?

  • Anonymous

    I think this is the 4th or 5th Drake story I've seen on this site since yesterday evening. "In today's news, Drake took a very big sh*t and ran out of toilet paper".

  • Anonymous

    Drake the type of nigga to prefer R&B over Rap.

  • Anonymous

    His rapping lacks any edge whatsoever and the singing does not have anything behind it you know like soul? Just no heart behind the delivery, lyrically on paper he's excellent thru the speakers it's a different story, it really comes off as if he's trying too hard, by now he should sound like it's easy for him but he doesn't hence the criticism.

    • Anonymous

      Lyrically excellent ON FUCKIN PAPER!!! Meaning if that was 3 stacks he could it better and you know he's not talking street shit either if that's what you classify as hard. Stop being an emotional fag and get your reading comprehension up. I just broke Drake down and you thought I was bigging him up off a sideways compliment.

    • Drake

      Lyrically Drake is excellent? STFU FAGGOT. Drake's lyricism is the definition of Charmin Ultra Soft. The only thing he raps about is himself and his overly sensitive feelings.

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    "Despair can bring a pair of wings to those who dare to dream." - classic quotable from MC WOZZIE WOZGAN

  • Kevin

    Drake is a gay ass nigga

  • tha OG

    Fuck Drake soft ass r&b bitch nigga

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  • HERE DX!

    Here are some good headlines for your next drake article - "Drake says he loves fruity pebbles for breakfast", "Drake says he needs a transvestite in his life.", "Drake says he is tired of niggas hanging on his every word.", "Drake says he said that already", "Drake says Drake ain't shit" and so on...

  • drake so gay

    Drakes a pop star ..

  • Anonymous

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