Hip Hop News 2013: Drake's Year In Review

Drake releases "Nothing Was The Same," is mentioned in Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse and addresses relationship with Nicki Minaj.

Drake has been an integral part of Hip Hop in 2013. With the release of Nothing Was The Same, "Wu-Tang Forever," "The Language" and more, Drake made headlines throughout the year. HipHopDX has looked back at the year for Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar this week. Here's a look at Drake's 2013 in news. 

Drake "Nothing Was The Same" Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist

This year, Drake released Nothing Was The Same, his most recent full-length studio album. The work features "Tuscan Leather," "Worst Behavior," "The Language" and "Wu-Tang Forever," selections that helped Drake reach platinum certification with this release. After the project arrived, Drake spoke about making it. "My right-hand partner in music creation, challenged me on this album to trim that fat," Drake said. "To make a very concise project and asked me to—actually gave me a song cap. Asked me to keep it at 13 or 14 songs on the original. And so that was an interesting challenge for me. And now that it’s out and the world appreciates it, it’s a great feeling." 

Kendrick Lamar Releases "Control" & Drake Responds

With "Control," Kendrick Lamar made waves. Drake was subsequently asked about the track and made headlines with a series of interviews where the Toronto rapper addressed Lamar. In one particular interview, Drake said Kendrick Lamar is not his biggest competition in Rap and that he felt "Control" wasn't as memorable as others. "He's the new guy to love and rightfully so," Drake said in a CRWN interview regarding Kendrick Lamar. "He's super talented...That verse was a moment to talk about. Are you listening to it now, at this point in time? But it was real cool for a couple weeks. But if I ask you, for example, how does that verse start? Mind you, it'll go on and Complex or Rap Radar will give it 'Verse of the Millennium' and all that shit or whatever...I remember somebody asked if Kendrick Lamar is my biggest competition in this generation. I think Kendrick has the utmost potential. I see Kendrick tomorrow, I'ma dap him. I didn't feel a way about the verse. I get it. I get the moment. And I know that verse had no malice behind it because I saw him five days later at the VMAs and it was all love...When it comes to competition, I'm more about consistency. I'm more worried about bodies of work. I'm talking about hit records. I'm basically talking about, there's one guy who's up every night thinking about how to get better and how to do things bigger. That's Kanye West. He's always gonna be the guy that's trying to outthink and outdo. So, for me, that's my guy that I aspire to surpass. As far as Kendrick goes, I can't wait to see what he does. Now it's time to show and prove. It's been one album. Consistency, you need more than one album. It's time to show and prove. I look forward to seeing what he does. He's fuckin' super talented. Cheers to Kendrick Lamar." Eventually, Lamar appeared to aim a "BET Hip Hop Awards" cypher verse at Drake and Drake responded with "The Language," a selection he later acknowledged was likely inspired by Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj Addresses Drake's Status With YMCMB

In July, Nicki Minaj responded to questions regarding Drake's status with Young Money Cash Money Billionaires. During an interview with New York radio station Hot 97, Minaj was asked whether Drake is in Young Money or not and Minaj offered what she said sounded like a riddle as her answer. "Is he not in Young Money?" Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex said to Minaj. "I'm not saying it wrong, but something is definitely not the same as the first album [with Drake]. That's how I feel. How do you feel?" Minaj responded. "Peoples' perception of their reality is their perception of their reality," Minaj said. "Sometimes people make moves based on their perception of what reality is. I know that sounds like a riddle, but maybe one day you'll be able to unravel that one. All I can say is this, Lil Wayne is everything to me. I can't speak for anyone else. What Young Money and Cash Money did for Nicki Minaj, I can never repay them for. So, I am forever indebted to them. Whatever happens with any other artist, I don't know. [Drake's] so talented. Sometimes, we've seen this. Sometimes when you're really intelligent and you're really talented, you also think a lot. Sometimes your mind is racing with thoughts. It is what it is. People go through their own motions and you've gotta respect it and keep it moving. We all love the team. We all love Wayne. That's what's gonna always hold us together. Drake is my baby because that's how it was when we came in. So whenever I think of him, 'That's my baby.' Whatever is going on now, obviously we're all very busy and you know, shit happens. It gets a little hard to have a real connection when people are on different sides of the world, working on different things. You just never know who people got in their ear or what they're feeling or maybe they felt wronged in some way. I don't know. I just know that Drake is my baby and Wayne is my everything." Drake would later address his relationship with Minaj on "Tuscan Leather," saying that it had been strained. Drake also later acknowledged that the two were friendly again

Other Notable Drake Stories In 2013

Drake Says He Lost Respect For Kendrick Lamar's Sentiments On "Control"

Drake Says He Fixed Relationship With Nicki Minaj

Papoose Says Kendrick Lamar Is A "Joke," Disses Kanye West, Drake & Big Sean

Drake Dresses As Kanye West For Halloween 2013

Drake Confirms Jhene Aiko Feature On "Nothing Was The Same"

TDE Executives React To Drake's Verse On Future's "Shit" Remix

Drake Disses Chris Brown, Says He's Not Thinking About Rihanna

Inspectah Deck Denounces Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever," Denies Remix Involvement


  • Anonymous

    Drake destroyed Kendrick in 2013.

  • Reality Check

    The young boy gets my respect, because he stays true to what he is. A lot of these other rappers rap about things they've never done.

  • karismg12

    when will he release his first good album ? fucking piece of shit

  • genoO

    Rick ross would rap circles around Drake.

  • DJboutit

    3 most dick rided artist by HHDX 1. Kanye 2. Kendrick lame 3. Drake First to there has a be at least 3 stories a day about these chumps

  • Alisha Lee

    until I saw the draft ov $8145, I be certain that my sister was truley making money part-time at their computer.. there mums best friend haz done this 4 less than 1 year and recently cleared the mortgage on their apartment and bourt a great new Land Rover Range Rover. go... www.Tec80.com Kanye West is not only losing is god forsaken mind, he's losing his hearing, too.You sound super cool bro, wanna Skype?

  • Anonymous

    does anyone has suge's number then i call him to beat up this singing faggot from canada

  • Anonymous

    Drake year review: - january sucked birdmans dick - february was licking tyga's balls - march was fucked by busta rhymes in his ass - april was licking lil wayne's ass - may was sucking fred durst his dick - june was jerking in front of lil wayne - july was licking birdmans balls - august was fucked in the ass by lil wayne and tyga - septembre was an ymcmb orgy - oktober fucked in the ass by wayne and birdman - november got fucked by tyga - december had an orgy with the ymcmb click

  • Anonymous

    Tomorrow DX is gonna dickride Kayne west

  • Anonymous

    My ding-a-ling My ding-a-ling Drake loves to play with My ding-a-ling

  • jg

    Drake is that important that we need an yearly update on his movements?

    • Juicy

      YES! I wish I was dipping in his buttox right now, it's so juicy, it's like natural lubed or some shit, his weiner isn't the biggest or anything but man that is one juicy booty.

  • Anonymous

    Drake should leave YMCMB the shoe doesnt fit , he belongs on his own or Rocnation. Young money is so wack , image and everything is tainted . OVO on your own.

  • babyakabirdman

    Drake is so amazing and talented. I love how he wraps his lips around my 100 million dollar dick. The way he moves his whole body when he deepthroats me. Aubry is the first man to take all of the Birdman in his mouth, and the way his bushy eyebrows look when i'm in his mouth is amazing. The way his Canadian-Jewish skin tone looks pushed up against my body. It is an amazing sight to see my greatest lover Drake on all fours waiting for me to make sweet love to him from behind. And if you thought his head skills were amazing, wait till i tell you about his ass. He loves when i ram him from the back, he sings his lyrics to me while I'm pounding him. And he always lets me film our lovemaking. We're coming out with a sex-tape in 2014 called "Started in the Bottom". It's got all of your favorite artists from Cash Money/Young Money all going to town on Drake's sexy mocha butt. Starring Birdman, Lil Wayne, Tyga. With special guests Juvenile, BG, and Turk all running a 3-man gangbang in Drake's mouth and ass. Produced by Birdman Ent.

    • JJ

      He does have a sweet little ass, my fav is how he bleaches his butthole to match the rest of his skin. That kid can take a buttfucking harder than anyone I know.

  • Uptown G

    Drake is undeniably talented, successful, innovative and sexy. That's why so many people hate him. Another fantastic year for Drake. Congrats.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, just wished they would touch on his realtionships through this year, there was a lot of trending stories about his love life this year. It's probably DX just being gay haters & not showing love to homosexuals. I thought for sure they would mention the Manziel thing.

  • Anonymous

    Why does it not mention the Manziel video, or them dating, or the future fling, or the fact that him & Kanye Kardashian are a closet couple now? SMH, DX always leaves out the good stuff.

  • Killah_casp

    DX now have an annual review of every think drake has done throughout the year just incase you missed the over 256.

  • ruthfull808

    Drwhen will drake release his first great album ?

  • Steelez

    this jew is terrible, he needs to step his game up

  • Cinaed

    Drake might be the worst artist ever

  • Anonymous

    Hip Hop DX Kendrick dick riding galore. If this aint the most biased article of all time.

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