“YMCMB” rapper Drake‘s latest “Nothing Was The Same” album (dropping September 24.) has landed him on the cover of Billboard Magazine’s August/September 2013 issue.
During his sit down with the magazine, the rapper talked about Kendrick Lamar‘s verse on Big Sean’s “Control” track, wanting to work with Kanye West again in the future, finding happiness, and details on the new album.
Here’s a few highlights from the interview:
On what he thinks about Kendrick’s verse on Control:
“I don’t really have anything to say about it. It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”
On wanting to work with Kanye again:
“Me and ’Ye just fell into this thing where we hadn’t actually talked to each other in so long that all this stuff got built up. Sometimes you just have to find the opportunity to tell someone that you really like and respect them. After that, everything can move forward.” Though they haven’t worked together since his first album in 2010, Drake says he’s looking forward to getting in the studio with West sooner rather than later. “Hopefully we give the world what they want, because I know they want it,” he says. “I know me and ’Ye could do some crazy shit together.”
On his new album, Nothing Was The Same:
“There’s a lot less sort of ambient ballad moments on this album where I’m searching or longing for something,” Drake says of Nothing Was the Same. “That sentiment is gone. Now I’m just kind of like, ‘You know, I’m 26, I don’t know what the fuck else I could be doing better than this. I feel incredible about how I’m able to support my family and friends and how supportive my family and friends have been of me.’“
“A lot of people get on and it’s like they’re just waiting to get more on,” he continues. “They’re always waiting for a bigger moment to come. But I’ve started to realize that this is it, this is the moment. And it reads, you know? People come up to me now and they’re like, ‘Man, you look good! You look like you’re happy.'”
On how is “No New Friends” track got it’s name:
“I’ll be out trying to get a sandwich or something and the guy will say to me, ‘I’d give you a free drink with that, but you know, no new friends,'” Drake says with a laugh. “I swear I’m not sitting around going, ‘What’s the new meme going to be?’ But I do spend a lot of time when I’m writing, especially lately, trying to make something for people to live by. I’m trying to make anthems that are empowering to people, to find phrases that I haven’t heard before. I’m not just going to sit here and be like, ‘Fuckin’ bitches, getting money!'”
On being signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money/Cash Money Billionaires record label:
“Being an artist that’s signed to another artist, I understand how much of a representation I am of that artist,” he says. “So I want to be extremely selective. I want artists who are, first and foremost, genuinely good people who are good to be around, and second, who have pure talent and will make me look smart for signing them [laughs].”
Drizzy also chatted about where he see’s himself in the future, saying, “The goal is to continue to push the culture forward and form a team that can really contribute some great music to the world. My ears are definitely out. I’m looking to hear the next wave.“