Drake Says He Writes His Hits Quickly

Drake shares the details of his song writing process, says he's unable to tell a story about someone else in his music.

During a newly-released interview with Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio, Canadian rapper Drake continued to address the song making process he underwent while creating his third studio album, Nothing Was The Same.

Although the Young Money rapster says a number of his hit songs, including “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” were crafted in a short amount of time, he says his goal was to create his album by recording a limited number of songs.

“A lot of my hit songs I’ve written in a very short period of time,” said Drake. “‘Hold On, We’re Going Home,’ I felt like we finished that in like two hours…I’m not a guy that does 40 songs for a project and picks 13 of them. If I’m gonna go as far as to track over a beat I usually have the utmost faith in it that it’ll end up somewhere. I don’t really dispose of too many songs. I have stuff that didn’t make this album, definitely. But I don’t have 20 or 30 of them. I have four or five records that just didn’t make it because again I was trying to keep it concise.”

Drake briefly made mention of the storytelling-heavy records of Hip Hop’s past as he shared the details of his writing process. While a number of storytelling records typically boast a third-person point of view, Drake says his records are stories from his own life.

“Sometimes I’m working and sometimes I’m just waiting. I write about my life,” said the rapper. ‘I don’t write about stories. A lot of classic rap is storytelling, but it’s storytelling about someone else. Fictional stories sometimes. I can’t do that. I have to write about my life. So, sometimes in order to complete a verse the way I want to or to finish a second verse on a song when I’ve already done the first one, I have to allow myself to either live a portion of life I haven’t lived yet or something has to set in.”

The Toronto-based rapper, who released his third LP a little under a month ago, put out his album amidst reports of an alleged feud with fellow emcee Kendrick Lamar. The alleged rift between the rappers stemmed from the release of Big Sean’s “Control,” a record which features a guest verse from the Compton spitter. In his bar-filled verse, Kendrick goes on to challenge his fellow emcees as he calls them about by name. Among the artists mentioned were J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Pusha T, and Drake.

Drake has since stated that he’s done speaking on the “Control” verse he says, had its moment.

“I’m probably like as done as the rest of the world is with that record,” said the Young Money rapper. “I think it came and it went. And not to discredit it. It was a good moment, but at the end of the day it’s just like—it was one of those sort of like fleeting Twitter frenzies that like—it was cool for what it was.”

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43 Comments

  • Justin

    To bad he doesn't even write his own raps

    • jg

      LOL I KNOW RIGHT HAHAHA CAUSE THAT QUENTIN MILLER GUY BEEN WRITING HIS SHIT SINCE 07 YOU SO RIGHT. people that listen to rap are the fucking dumbest people on earth.

  • Kat

    wow. just reading these comments I couldn't decide whether to giggle or cringe. what makes me laugh the most is, people that hate Drake talk more than his fans. if talking more gets more attention, it gets him more attention. He don't care, he knows you're all just compensating. and to the comment about his complexion, there's nothing gay about a guy admitting that by noticing the skin tone of another man that gets girls attention, you actually get more girls! not being comfortable in your own manhood to talk about another man's appearance, that's gay. girls don't call each other lesbians for admiring each others hair. grow up.

  • markymark

    this nigga aint a rapper tho.

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  • dentaldamboy

    He writes them quickly so he has more time to cuddle with Manziel

    • Justin

      Really hope the fling with Future doesn't hurt their relationship. I can't believe they let him back on the tour after all that.

  • B-Real

    I already knew he spends barely any time writing his lyrics. If he's unable to write about anyone else; that explains why his music is so gay.

  • AYO

    he's also unable to fire artists on his tour or reply to diss records.

  • Baby aka Birdman

    The picture up top is the face drake makes when his ass gets fucked.

  • Drake Til Infinity

    Drake is the dopest lyricist! He's bringing that real hip-hop back to the mainstream!

  • 2_Pac_Back

    Yall just some hopeless goons/ You got tongues of venomous snakes and ur throats are open tombs/ A tongue can curse or bless and it go the ability to send the whole body to hell/

  • drake runs rap

    drakes a cool guy that makes good music and better rap songs than your favourite rappers with little effort. Yet people keep hating on him just because he doesn't potray a fake gangster like all the rappers do. Just cause he doesn't try to be tough and raps about relationships which is a subject most of these virgins on the site and over the internet know nothing about they hate on him.

  • Young Pause

    I was gonna address these haters but I just wanted to say real quick that I like how the picture in this article really brings out Drake's honey skin tone complexion. If HHDX wants to post articles about whatever Drake says, then so be it. You don't have to click these articles. He's gonna keep making good music, keep getting money, and keep looking hella handsome. Can't even tell you how many bitches I got bumping some Drizzy. I never understood what all the hate was about.

  • cash

    I just wanna say how disappointed i am in hiphopdx's writers. This IS NOT fucking news. Shit has been getting worse and worse for hiphopdx over the years, and frankly, all the niggas who write these type of articles need either: a) their asses kicked, or b)to be fired and replaced with people who actually have some shit to talk about. Hell, give me a job. Shit

  • Anonymous

    So if Drake tweets that he loves Bic Macs, would Hiphopdx make that into an article??

  • here's what they think about you

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  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBylbdJI0oQ

  • Anonymous

    IT'S NOT LIKE ANY IS HIS MUSIC IS OVERLY CREATIVE. OF COURSE, HE WRITES ABOUT THE SAME CONCEPTS OVER AND OVER: -I AM SO RICH -I AM SO JEWISH -IF YOU DO NOT LIKE MY MUSIC, YOU ARE A HATER -I HAD A TOUGH UPBRINGING IN TORONTO -EVERYONE IS JEALOUS OF ME -SINCE I SELL THE MOST RECORDS, I AM THE BEST RAPPER. BUT DO NOT CALL ME OUT ON THAT. I WONT RESPOND EXCEPT IN INTERVIEWS -I KEEP IT SO REAL IN MY MUSIC. HOWEVER, PLEASE DISREGARD ME ALWAYS THROWING UP BLOOD SIGNS IN MY PICTURES -A GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART -ANOTHER GIRL BROKE MY HEART

    • Anonymous

      -I BROKE THIS ONE GIRLS HEART AND SHE MOVED ON BUT NOW IM GONNA TELL HER THAT HER NEW MAN ISNT AS GOOD AS ME EVEN THOUGH I DONT WANT HER

  • dentaldamboy

    Amazing how only a couple hours can bring amazing creativity.

  • imho

    im a drake fan i think hes the o nly thing keeping YM afloat.. but as long as he uses his formula hell never make a classic hes had 3 rly rly good albums with hits on hits.. but he goes from i love you and wanna get married to i fuck every bitch to im going to strip club to gangster shit his albums dont have direction which is the problem with having husslers (wayne n baby) as your head bec they want money and dont care about the music or what your album sounds like.. 'got 2 hits? ship it out'

  • Anonymous

    You can tell that his hits are written very fast because they clearly have no effort in regards to writing. Seriously "Started From the Bottom" has to be the most laziest song of the year.

  • drizzy!

    Dear HIPHOPDX, you totally took what the man said out of context! I watched the interview. Drake said that many of his songs take a while to write and that he will often write parts of songs over a few days and sometimes doesn't come back to he song for weeks and even several months. The interviewer commented on that, and said something to the affect that...many notable artists he's interviewed have said to him that they will throw way songs that seem to be taking awhile to write and that often songs that take 10 minutes to write are their best work. Drake said that's not often the case for him however, that has happened to him and that many of his hit songs have actually been songs that have taken a short time to write... DX, y'all are some sneaky bitches.

  • Anonymous

    That explains why his singles are simple and repetitive.

  • TCM

    Interesting considering he said he'll spend 4 days perfecting one line if need be in the CRWN interview.

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