Drake Breaks Silence On Meek Mill Feud
As Gossip Cop has reported, the drama began in late July when Mill accused Drake of using a ghostwriter. Drake then recorded two diss tracks aimed at his one-time collaborator, and Mill recently threatened a concertgoer who held up a pro-Drake sign at one of his concerts. Now Drake is explaining his take on everything that’s gone down.
“I’m just gonna bring it up ‘cause it’s important to me,” he candidly says before his interviewer can really broach the subject. “I was at a charity kickball game — which we won, by the way — and my brother called me. He was just like, ‘I don’t know if you’re aware, but, yo, they’re trying to end us out here. They’re just spreading, like, propaganda. Where are you? You need to come here.’”
Drake ended up recording the well-received “Charged Up” in response, and he says of the decision, “Given the circumstances, it felt right to just remind people what it is that I do, in case your opinions were wavering at any point.” Mill initially didn’t issue any musical reply of his own, which left Drake dumbfounded. “This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music?” he asks incredulously.
Drake continues, “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?”
The lack of response actually left Drake even more stressed. “It was weighing heavy on me. I didn’t get it,” he tells the magazine. “I didn’t get how there was no strategy on the opposite end. I just didn’t understand. I didn’t understand it because that’s just not how we operate.”
That led Drake to record “Back To Back.” He explains, “I was like, ‘I’m gonna probably just finish this.’ 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.”
By almost all accounts, Drake has been the clear “winner,” but he now acknowledges there is a collaborative effort behind his music. “I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running,” he admits. But he seems fine with being poked at.
“If I have to be the vessel for this conversation to be brought up — you know, God forbid we start talking about writing and references and who takes what from where — I’m OK with it being me,” Drake tells The Fader. He adds, “It’s just, music at times can be a collaborative process, you know? 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.”
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