Drake Interview w/ Complex

Complex spoke to Drake yesterday to discuss the new record deal, the Best I Ever Had video (click play,) discusses some of the fuckshit that went down at the BET Awards

Complex: For real. Going back to your music, “Best I Ever Had” jumped to #3 on the Billboard charts. And then you announced yesterday that you signed your deal with Universal…

Drake: Nah…I definitely want to clear this up, I didn’t sign to Universal. I’m actually signed to… a lot of people were telling me, “Oh, you should do it independent.” I’m actually 100% independent. I signed to Cortez Bryant and G. Roberson, my managers, so I signed a joint venture between Aspire Music Group, which is them, and Young Money. So the only part that Universal plays is P&D [pressing and distribution]. I’m not a Universal artist. I’m signed to myself.

Complex: What does Young Money bring to the table?

Drake: Since the beginning of this, Lil’ Wayne has always put himself out there on behalf of me, from spitting my verse at the VMAs, to jumping on the songs that I needed him on and always promoting me. Right now it’s more about building up Young Money, as opposed to what Young Money brings to the table at this point. Obviously, what Young Money brings to the table is Lil’ Wayne. He’s a powerhouse and I felt it was only fair to stay loyal. I thought it was only fair for him to get that look and I wanted the YM logo on the album and to make sure that he knows that I don’t take what he did for me for granted.

Complex: You were entertaining other offers from Atlantic and Interscope, right?

Drake: I can definitely say that I wanted to be over at Interscope for a while, but it wouldn’t allow me to work with Wayne the way that I wanted to work with Wayne. I had to make a sacrifice. But with that being said, if we sell some records and people actually see how the record deal breaks down… Somebody told me they saw my deal the other day and they said it was one of the worst record deals in history [for] the label. That’s a good thing for me. I own everything, I have 100% creative control, I own all my masters, everything. I’m blessed to be in that situation. If we sell some records, I think we’ll just add to the historic pace that this has been going at.

There you have it, it’s not UMG, it’s Aspire – which if I understood correctly is what G & Tez are trying to bring to the table. It’s dope that Drake signed with Wayne, even though a lotta people might be stepping away from him right now, because if he woulda went with say Jay or Ye or even anyone else, it woulda seemed like he just used Wayne to get signed.

He then goes on to address some of the fuckshit that goes down at other hip hop websites and what he thinks of it. Check out the full interview here.


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46 Responses to “Drake Interview w/ Complex”

  1. Martin Margiela Mane Says:

    to me, the saddest thing about michael was the depth of his self-hatred

    he despised his beautiful black features (brown skin, broad nose, etc.) to the point where he destroyed himself (absurdly high cheekbones, cleft chin, multiple rhinoplasties that obliterated his nose, skin bleaching and make-up, lip thinning, etc.)

    and even more – he despised his own features so much that he refused to use his own sperm to have his kids for fear that they would look black, so he thinks he has fooled the world by parading obviously caucasian children about – trying to pass them off as his own – which is more absurd that any of the 80s stunts michael pulled (cryogenic freezing, etc.)

    not to mention that he was a pedo who never craved ordinary sexual relations with a grown woman

    i feel so bad for this tortured remnant of a man – his music was dope but he struck me as the kind of guy who despised life when he woke up and despised it when he slept, permanently scarred by joe jackson, who should have been put away for life for his maltreatment of his kids

  2. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    co-sign Chea

  3. Hoskins Says:

    SMH @ my London Brethren London Bloke

    Ur pathetic

  4. eskay Says:

    who am I kidding, there’s no fucking way I’m gonna lose 20lbs in 2 months.

  5. Martin Margiela Mane Says:

    michael should have had one real kid just to see if that kid would have inherited the music talent. because you KNOW these little brats prince michael and prince michael II etc are gonna all try to be pop stars but they’re all gonna be wack as shit

  6. D_block_4_life Says:

    Word Chea.

  7. I AM GERALD SALUTI Says:

    Anybody nahggers out there come up off that rent money to get the Kanye Louies yet?

  8. Martin Margiela Mane Says:

    on GP i lost 15 pounds cutting out most desserts – dessert is what fucks u, not regular food

  9. R.J.Orion Says:

    Mike even made one or more of the kids dye their hair blond … like even THEY werent white enough for him already …. Mike wanted his kids to look like Boomer Esiason, Jared Weaver and McCauley Caulkin …

  10. Black Says:

    they aint no taller than the 6 foot tall eurobeasts they slaughter at Wimbeldon every year … you sound dumb …

    ^^This. I ain’t a tennis fan but I love seeing the Williams sisters dominate. I know that those white ppl have to be pissed. Shit them chicks crushed everyone, went away for minute, then came back and took over again. You will never see that type of shit again and it makes me pissed that they don’t get the recognition 4 it that they should.

  11. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 pm
    Kidada > all his other daughters

    ^^^
    that Leftover Groupie Pussy, Naw

  12. Dre Says:

    # eskay Says:
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:02 pm e

    Rashida would get it.
    ______________________________

    cosign

  13. Boos Bigelow Says:

    Damn Ya’ll niggas is fat

  14. Martin Margiela Mane Says:

    Anybody nahggers out there come up off that rent money to get the Kanye Louies yet?

    ^

    no, i can’t drop a grand on some kicks only so that my son can grow up and tell stories about how his dad is a fuck-up who never saved money for his kids because he kept buying sneakers *realest shit i ever wrote, and all eyes on me like a microscope (c) 17-5*

  15. Boosie Says:

    why am I always being moderated?

  16. Hoskins Says:

    MJ and Debbie rowe arent biological parents to any of their kids.

    MJ didnt even legally adopt any of them

  17. nation Says:

    >> why am I always being moderated?

    STFU

  18. Martin Margiela Mane Says:

    Mike even made one or more of the kids dye their hair blond

    ^

    co-sigs

    “that’s the shit that hurt” (c) kanye

  19. Boosie Says:

    EVERYTIME I comment I get moderated….what the fuck is going on?

  20. Boosie Says:

    I just got moderated right there…

  21. Boosie Says:

    and right there

  22. eskay Says:

    >>they aint no taller than the 6 foot tall eurobeasts they slaughter at Wimbeldon every year … you sound dumb

    yeah, but they got 50 lbs on any of them, easy.

  23. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    Sometimes people look at me funny cuz My daughter has blonde hair and hazel eyes and ask me if her mother is white, like there isnt mad Middle Easterns/Mexicans running around with that shit. lol

  24. R.J.Orion Says:

    at least one of them test tube babies is gonna be a serial killer …

  25. Boosie Says:

    # nation Says:
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    >> why am I always being moderated?

    STFU
    ___________________________________________________________

    WHY? cause its true?

  26. Martin Margiela Mane Says:

    smfh and broffle-bopters at debbie rowe, this big white chick was married to the king of pop?! she look like the chick that ring me up at aldi (yes like gucci man sometimes chea fucks with aldi – it’s a recession, whatchu want from me)

  27. R.J.Orion Says:

    eskay Says:

    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    >>they aint no taller than the 6 foot tall eurobeasts they slaughter at Wimbeldon every year … you sound dumb

    yeah, but they got 50 lbs on any of them, easy.

    ————

    you need more ESPN … Venus is still a bag of bones … and dont act like them eurodykes aint got them big tree legs … what are you watching?… that french Amelie Mauresmo ho is built like Brian Urlacher …

  28. Dre Says:

    It’s funny how he hated being black but wanted to hang around rappers and ballers.

  29. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    This London Bloke nigga is the type of motherfucker I would slap.

    YO SO YESTERDAY I AM driving home from work listening to the local Sports talk radio and they’re going on and on about Kobiyashi and Nascar drivers and other niggas if they’re athletes or not, cuz they have a skill that they may train for that a normal person may not be able to do. So I send a text to some homies and tell them to listen in cuz I am about to call and go in.

    I call and Say “Whats up Fellas so Ive been listening in for a few minutes and you guys have been making interesting points about skill/athletics/sport or not. So would you say the girl that takes part in a gang bang is an athlete?” and I hang up.

    turn up the radio, 5seconds go by and them niggas die of laughter. My cuzzo text me “CLASSIC”

    GNR

  30. Boosie Says:

    I Know why I was Moderated….Dre moderated me when I made a comment as Mr. 2 step…This nigga was mad cause I played him and said he posted the same post as nation….It was a joke….He got mad and moderated me…

    Dude is mad aggy

  31. nation Says:

    >> WHY? cause its true?

    you think i sit there and hold you after class on purpose? pipe down

    it’s probably cause you change names every two seconds, that’s considered spamming. just sit tight and say what you have to say and stop drawing attention to yourself

  32. R.J.Orion Says:

    *lookalikes*

    Debbie Rowe & Owen Wilson

  33. London Bloke Says:

    ^

    Ok tough guy! [n]

  34. The Truth... Says:

    You re-posted the video?!?! That’s fuckin disgusting…..never seen shit done like this before.
    Embarasing.

  35. eskay Says:

    >>You re-posted the video?!?! That’s fuckin disgusting…..never seen shit done like this before.

    the interview is about the video dickwad.

  36. R.J.Orion Says:

    niggas dont even watch tennis and they paraphrasing old tired redneck insults about Venus & Serena Williams … SMH …

  37. Boosie Says:

    # nation Says:
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    >> WHY? cause its true?

    you think i sit there and hold you after class on purpose? pipe down

    it’s probably cause you change names every two seconds, that’s considered spamming. just sit tight and say what you have to say and stop drawing attention to yourself
    ___________________________________________________________

    No your boy Dre did it. I’m getting moderated after every single post and this one is getting moderated also. NOT because I changed names. I been doing that forever and never had a problem. No Need for attention I just want my comments unmoderated.

  38. The Truth... Says:

    >>the interview is about the video dickwad.

    please…

  39. Carlos Voltron AKA Dixie Normous Says:

    # Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    This London Bloke nigga is the type of motherfucker I would slap.

    YO SO YESTERDAY I AM driving home from work listening to the local Sports talk radio and they’re going on and on about Kobiyashi and Nascar drivers and other niggas if they’re athletes or not, cuz they have a skill that they may train for that a normal person may not be able to do. So I send a text to some homies and tell them to listen in cuz I am about to call and go in.

    I call and Say “Whats up Fellas so Ive been listening in for a few minutes and you guys have been making interesting points about skill/athletics/sport or not. So would you say the girl that takes part in a gang bang is an athlete?” and I hang up.

    turn up the radio, 5seconds go by and them niggas die of laughter. My cuzzo text me “CLASSIC”

    GNR

    ^
    Dead

  40. Mr.Londoner Says:

    Has Drake been on an magazine cover yet??

    wtf.. is that about.. Vibe XXL is slacking majorly

  41. Stryfe Says:

    Wow… Drake actually has character. I can respect that at least.

  42. JUlett Says:

    I figured this post would have alot of comments…this video is tough including the girl’s stretching and “bouncing” around.

  43. RonTucker Says:

    >>the interview is about the video dickwad.

    Come on man. There is nothing in this interview pertaining to the video.

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