Drake was chosen as the artist to cover The FADER‘s 100th issue. The magazine was launched in 1999 and also featured the Toronto rapper on its cover in 2009.
In the new cover story, Drake addresses his beef with Meek Mill.
The feud started in July when the Philadelphia rapper called out Drake on Twitter, saying he doesn’t write his own raps. The Toronto rapper responded with his “Charged Up” diss track. After waiting a few days for Meek Mill’s response, Drake recorded and released his second track, “Back to Back.”
“I was like, ‘I’m gonna probably just finish this,’” he says of writing the second song. “And I know how I have to finish it. 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.”
“Back To Back” plays on radio stations across the country and peaked at #27 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. Drake expresses his disappointment in Meek Mill not being prepared in the feud.
“This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music?” Drake says. “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?”
Meek Mill did release “Wanna Know,” which was eventually taken down from his Soundcloud page. He supposedly ended the back-and-forth with a social media post saying, “I’m not entertaining no rap/real beef over drake s/o a rapper!”
Drake also addresses the reference tracks that surfaced. Quentin Miller, his alleged ghostwriter, appears on the cuts rapping Drake’s songs. Drake explains that he enjoys working as a team when making music, but knows that he is the face of his brand.
“Music at times can be a collaborative process, you know?” he says. “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.”
To read the entire interview, visit The FADER.
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