When Drake mentioned Tupac in his song, “Fear,” many thought the Young Money emcee was dissing the late West Coast legend – a claim Drake vehemently denies.

I never cried when ‘Pac died/But I probably will when Hov does/And if my tears hold value, then I would drop one for every single thing he showed us/ And I’ll be standing in a puddle” are the rhymes in question, which raised much speculation on the young rapper’s intent.

Drake explained the lines to MTV News, saying, “A lot of people also sort of don’t understand the meaning of that line,. It’s not necessarily that I don’t love West Coast Hip Hop or that I don’t love ‘Pac now that I’m 22, but that line was just said to show how new I am to Hip Hop. And like I said, I was 9 when that happened, so it didn’t really affect me. But that song in general was just one of those things that took awhile to finish because it was an opportunity to say a lot of the things on my mind. That always feels good as a rapper, when you can get your thoughts out.

Amidst the controversy, Drake is currently rehabbing after a successful surgery to repair his severely damaged knee [click to read].