During an interview with Big Boy of Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Power 106 FM, rapper Drake had a lot of positive things to say about his labelmate’s and even went so far as to refer to his Young Money counterparts Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj as icons.

When speaking on Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj’s icon status he referred to the way both artists seem to be mimicked by their fans because of their image.

“That’s the other thing too that I notice about my team members is they’re so iconic, you know? I’m more of an individual,” Drake explained. “Nicki is such a character and Wayne is such a character there’s people that dress up like them for Halloween. There’s people that wanna talk like them, be like them, get tattoos like Wayne, and do their hair like Nicki. I mean they’re so iconic. That’s also something I always try to push myself with my music cause I feel like that’s the only way I can be iconic. I’m just sort of a more stripped down individual as far as image wise so that’s always something I pay attention to.”

While Lil Wayne selling over a million copies of Tha Carter IV is quite the impressive feat in today’s Hip Hop climate, Drake revealed that he was far from surprised by Tha Carter IV’s hefty sales numbers.

“I just knew man. I just knew wow, he’s an icon man. That’s iconic status because you know a lot of people would argue that it wasn’t as big as Carter III was,” said Drake. “There was no ‘Lollipop,’ there was no ‘A Milli’…It wasn’t that clicking moment like ‘Woah, this is the guy.’ It was like another one. It was like okay, he’s confirmed as the guy and he’s gonna put out another project and is it gonna be as exciting? Like that’s what I talk about, keeping excitement and obviously Wayne kept their attention man. He kept that excitement going because it takes a lot to put that many people in the stores. That is serious.”

Lastly, Drake spoke on the friendly competition at Young Money and how that inspires him to be a better artist.

“As much as it’s loving it’s also competitive because competition pushes, we push each other. When I hear Nicki get on a verse and kill the way she does, it doesn’t even become a male/female thing because it’s beyond that,” Drake explained. “Like she’s rapping better than a lot of males out there period so it just becomes a verse thing.”

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