Nickelus F Interview w/ Complex

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Complex’s newest team member Toshitaka Kondo had the chance to speak to Nickelus F yesterday about his new mixtape Season Premiere, his day job as an exterminator, as well as addressing rumors circulating that he’s written for Drake:

Complex: Drake has said he bounces ideas off of people. He names you as one of the people he used to do that with a lot. How would that whole process work creatively?

Nickelus F: He would send me a record and ask me what I would do on it. If say like, a hook was needed or something, I might throw an idea and he might switch it up a little bit. And go back and forth like that.

Complex: Have you ever helped him with a verse?

Nickelus F: Yeah, I’ve contributed. I’m a team player. I won’t say I wrote a verse that he spit verbatim, but I’ve contributed. I helped out with the hook on “City Is Mine” the hook on “Overdose On Life.” I didn’t do anything on the verse at all.

Complex: Oh, so it’s like sometimes you might help write a hook, or if it’s part of the verse you might help start off a verse, or write some of the verse?

Nickelus F: Yeah, I’ve done that. I know the rumor going around. I don’t want anything I say to be misconstrued. I helped out, you know. [Laughs].

Complex: So anyone who says, “Nickelus F writes for Drake” would be mistaken?

Nickelus F: Yes. Have I done work here and there? Yes I have. Do I write for him on a regular basis? No. Have I written for him on a regular basis? No.

Then he continues on to say what verse in particular he helped write, but it’s not as serious as the post’s title would have you think.

Link: Nickelus F Interview w/ Complex

Drake covers this month’s issue Complex, on newsstands now.


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64 Responses to “Nickelus F Interview w/ Complex”

  1. Beezy Says:

    even J. Cole’s best friends think he’s wack

    thats why he had to record Dead President’s freestyle 10,000 times, because his own camp kept giving him thumbs down

    roffle

  2. BabyDoll Says:

    why? Says:

    February 3rd, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    WEST

    – BLU
    – Evidence
    – Diz Gibran
    – Fashawn
    – Nipsey Hussle

    SOUTH

    – Jay Electronica
    – J. Cole
    – B.O.B
    – Currensy
    – Chip tha Ripper

    North

    – Aubrey Graham
    – Big Sean
    – Curtains
    – Theophilus London
    – Stalley

    You tell me who’s weakest/strongest?

    ^You tell me who the hell these people are first.

  3. why? Says:

    WEST

    – BLU
    – Evidence
    – Diz Gibran
    – Fashawn
    – Nipsey Hussle

    SOUTH

    – Jay Electronica
    – J. Cole
    – B.O.B
    – Currensy
    – Chip tha Ripper

    North

    – Aubrey Graham
    – Big Sean
    – Curtains
    – Theophilus London
    – Stalley

    You tell me who’s weakest/strongest?

  4. the real truth Says:

    North

    – Aubrey Graham
    – Big Sean
    – Curtains
    – Theophilus London
    – Stalley

    ^
    Does “Midwest” Count As North?…Caus no shots but this list is flawed theres a lot of dudes who should be on this list who arent on it

  5. Joe 88 Says:

    >most NY or Northern mcs try to make music to advance the culture…

    ^Like who? Jay? Maino? Mims? Jim Jones? Cam? Who?, cause from my POV (n) all I see is niggas tryna eat, get this bread. niggas pushing the culture phase has been passed, niggas is tryna get that gwop

    Only niggas tryna uplift the culture from NY is old men

  6. BabyDoll Says:

    Then he continues on to say what verse in particular he helped write, but it’s not as serious as the post’s title would have you think.

    ^Of course it isn’t.

  7. 456 Says:

    snoop was not ever a lyricist. not now not never. he was voice and rhyme curvature. and he had gansta realness on lock when he came out. but niggas wasnt pressing rewind to see what he said. they were listenin to HOW he said it.

    Jeezy got that same prowess (n) with style. his punchlines are body blows (n). and let’s be cleat TM101 is a CLASSIC.

  8. b-ease Says:

    The fact that you are aggy, shows a side of you like a female.

    ^^
    lol, I’m aggy?!? Throughout this whole debate, you’re the only one throwing personal shots. I’ve read you getting frustrated; first I’m a cracker, now I’m a female, roffle. And you know you’ve never won a debate with me on Nah fam, stop it. And that’s because unlike you, I don’t hop in (ll) without knowing what the fuck I’m talking about, which you tend to do ALOT.

  9. 456 Says:

    *clear

  10. LaneKiffin*CainSniffin*LaneSwitchin* Says:

    If Drake got a ghostwriter im thru wit rap. Im gettin on this country shit. Next yall gonna tell me dj premier never made a beat and that it was a 16 yr old white girl makin them classics

  11. the real truth Says:

    Honest Question: Who Calls Drake A Lyricist?…Who Calls J. Cole a Lyricist?…J. Cole has that potential to be but hes not there yet i truly believe J. Cole will have a good career while Drake will most likely burn out in 4-5 years

  12. Beezy Says:

    what is Nickelus F 4’8″?

    the old ladies on the bench is taller, and more muscular than that little nigga

    eskay status

  13. a tribe called quest Says:

    ^You tell me who the hell these people are first.

    –LOL

  14. 456 Says:

    lol, I’m aggy?!? Throughout this whole debate, you’re the only one throwing personal shots. I’ve read you getting frustrated; first I’m a cracker, now I’m a female, roffle. And you know you’ve never won a debate with me on Nah fam, stop it. And that’s because unlike you, I don’t hop in (ll) without knowing what the fuck I’m talking about, which you tend to do ALOT.

    ^he rewrite more history than the whiteman.

  15. PastorKerneyThomas Miwacles Says:

    Only niggas tryna uplift the culture from NY is old men

    ^^^^^^^
    Very very true. Also very very sad

  16. Joe 88 Says:

    I will say J. Cole is a lyricist. His freestyles tracks “dead presidents 2” and “the water break” proved that shorty got crazy bars.

  17. Dewill Says:

    Shit is getttin ignorant on here!!

    Hit u with the choppa/call that shit hot lava!!!

  18. Beezy Says:

    can you refer to another man as “shorty”

    kinda suspect to me

  19. landlord Says:

    Jeezy got that same prowess (n) with style. his punchlines are body blows (n). and let’s be cleat TM101 is a CLASSIC.

    ———–

    no he doesnt and no its not

    that thug motivation shit is only a classic to people like that bamma shit… a real classic rap lp is respected by followers of all types of rap genres… shit like Enter the 36 Chambers and Blueprint… yall need to stop calling yall favorite lps classics …

  20. Beezy Says:

    your puttin the pussy on a pedestal

  21. a tribe called quest Says:

    WEST

    – BLU
    – Evidence
    – Fashawn
    – Nipsey Hussle

    SOUTH

    – Jay Electronica
    – J. Cole
    – B.O.B
    – Currensy

    North

    – Aubrey Graham
    – Wiz
    – Vado
    – daytona

    You tell me who’s weakest/strongest?

    –Fixed

  22. hl Says:

    can you refer to another man as “shorty”

    —–

    shorty = lil homie

  23. why? Says:

    ^You tell me who the hell these people are first.

    ^^

    Your favorite rappers label artists and/or favorite rapper right now.

  24. b-ease Says:

    but more artist from the south are selling more records than any other region currently.

    ^^
    The original boosie statement.

    Yet I lost the debate.

    *dead*

  25. landlord Says:

    Joe 88 Says:

    February 3rd, 2010 at 3:34 pm
    >most NY or Northern mcs try to make music to advance the culture…

    ^Like who? Jay? Maino? Mims? Jim Jones? Cam? Who?, cause from my POV (n) all I see is niggas tryna eat, get this bread. niggas pushing the culture phase has been passed, niggas is tryna get that gwop

    Only niggas tryna uplift the culture from NY is old men

    —————

    i said there were exceptions retard… read more rap less …

  26. NovemberEnd Says:

    “Classic”… the most overused term in hiphop when describing a good-great album

  27. Joe 88 Says:

    i said there were exceptions retard… read more rap less

    ^I was asking you a question, and you still haven’t answered it yet.

  28. a tribe called quest Says:

    So drakes has help writing his verses? Dont take shots at Wayne again

  29. Troyvul Says:

    Yele Max B

  30. Yung Hopp Says:

    Niggas like OJ Da Juiceman being called Rappers right now and people still affraid to call Cole a lyricist …

    J. Cole raps. He kno’ what the fuck he’s talkin’ ’bout. He is a lyricist and best part of it is he got plenty of time to prove that to those who still don’t believe it.

  31. hl Says:

    >most NY or Northern mcs try to make music to advance the culture…

    ^Like who? Jay? Maino? Mims? Jim Jones? Cam? Who?, cause from my POV (n) all I see is niggas tryna eat, get this bread. niggas pushing the culture phase has been passed, niggas is tryna get that gwop

    Only niggas tryna uplift the culture from NY is old men

    —————

    i said there were exceptions retard… read more rap less …

    —-

    who from NY is trying to advance the culture right now? That wasn’t rapping in 94?

  32. landlord Says:

    i dont answer stupid questions… look it up B …

  33. LaneKiffin*CainSniffin*LaneSwitchin* Says:

    “Classic”… the most overused term in hiphop when describing a good-great album

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    PREACH

  34. the real truth Says:

    I will say J. Cole is a lyricist. His freestyles tracks “dead presidents 2″ and “the water break” proved that shorty got crazy bars.

    ^
    Hes got crazy bars and im a stan for j. cole nut hes not at jay electronica’s level even…but hell get there soon enough the album is where hell prove how dope his lyrics have gotten

  35. 456 Says:

    that thug motivation shit is only a classic to people like that bamma shit… a real classic rap lp is respected by followers of all types of rap genres… shit like Enter the 36 Chambers and Blueprint… yall need to stop calling yall favorite lps classics …

    ^I rarely call albums classic. classic are albums that changed the direction of the music. and if you listen to poprap and r&b today, a lot of that synthesized gothic shit that dream and ti and all them niggas is selling right now came out of the TM101 sessions. real talk.

  36. the real truth Says:

    *but > nut

  37. Boos Bigelow Says:

    # b-ease Says:
    February 3rd, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    The fact that you are aggy, shows a side of you like a female.

    ^^
    lol, I’m aggy?!? Throughout this whole debate, you’re the only one throwing personal shots. I’ve read you getting frustrated; first I’m a cracker, now I’m a female, roffle. And you know you’ve never won a debate with me on Nah fam, stop it. And that’s because unlike you, I don’t hop in (ll) without knowing what the fuck I’m talking about, which you tend to do ALOT.
    ___________________________________________________________

    Lol…You didn’t like a statement I made, so You tried to make a sarcastic comment…the first sign of agginess…So I called you on it and said thats what white boys do, when trying to make an argument. Not a personal shot at all, I only referenced after the fact of your statement.

    It’s okay my dude I can tell you’re huffing and puffing. Now you’re mad and its obvious and now so appears you base your statements toward me on emotions from the past. This is not an emotional forum fam, its only the internet.

  38. Shooter Says:

    Nickelus F: Terminex. Exterminating. I’m still currently an exterminator. I hope to be out of it soon, but that’s what I do. Just the other day I was crawling underneath a house and my head bumped a dead rat that landed right in front of me, a big one. It’s a regular thing. I crawl under houses and face a snake and all that. And they pay me decent. I mean, everything I do I try to be the best at it. I’m not just a termite technician, I got my commercial license so I can train the next nigga.
    ^^^^

    this has to be a first

  39. Beezy Says:

    J. Cole should’ve taken his signing bonus and bought a personality

  40. Joe 88 Says:

    landlord Says:
    February 3rd, 2010 at 3:44 pm
    i dont answer stupid questions… look it up B

    ^Just like I thought. You might not answer em, but you damn sure make stupid statements.

  41. Detroit P Says:

    yes for

    Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin etc
    ^^^
    Please Don’t Lump us in with you east coast lames

  42. LaneKiffin*CainSniffin*LaneSwitchin* Says:

    Hes got crazy bars and im a stan for j. cole nut

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    i mean dam………should i even bother?
    ……….A………….YYY…………OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  43. a tribe called quest Says:

    J. Cole should’ve taken his signing bonus and bought a personality

    –this

  44. Breaux Brosephson the !! Says:

    Let’s be clear
    The only reason Snoop is even mentioned is because he had Dre beats and Chronic JUST blew up. Nobody woulda been checkin for Snoop without Dre beats, be very clear.
    Jeezy had the hood in a frenzy for that bamma rap, including myself.

  45. Yung Hopp Says:

    I rarely call albums classic. classic are albums that changed the direction of the music. and if you listen to poprap and r&b today, a lot of that synthesized gothic shit that dream and ti and all them niggas is selling right now came out of the TM101 sessions. real talk.

    ^^^

    I hope u not sayin’ T.I. used sessions of Thug Motivation 101 to make songs … That would be sad.

  46. the real truth Says:

    i mean dam………should i even bother?
    ……….A………….YYY…………OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    ^
    typo and a reach…relax mr.fantastic

  47. Dewill Says:

    I’m glad I got the Teflon on… Niggas throwin shot everywhere!! LOL

  48. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    jeezy>>>>>>>

    and thas just off star power alone. his art? hands down the most earnest form of hardcore rap currently. period.

  49. NovemberEnd Says:

    a classic album changes or influences future sounds of albums or atleast a classic you remember where you were…..and what you were doing when you first heard that album ..no?

  50. 456 Says:

    I hope u not sayin’ T.I. used sessions of Thug Motivation 101 to make songs … That would be sad.

    ^no. t.i. was influenced by the sound. as was a lot of people.

  51. a tribe called quest Says:

    # Joe 88 Says:
    February 3rd, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    landlord Says:
    February 3rd, 2010 at 3:44 pm
    i dont answer stupid questions… look it up B

    ^Just like I thought. You might not answer em, but you damn sure make stupid statements.

    –*grabs popcorn*

  52. Breaux Brosephson the !! Says:

    I was scrolling, did I just read “butt nut”?

  53. 456 Says:

    The only reason Snoop is even mentioned is because he had Dre beats and Chronic JUST blew up. Nobody woulda been checkin for Snoop without Dre beats, be very clear.

    ^no-sign

  54. PsicoMagia Says:

    ^You tell me who the hell these people are first.

    *dead*

  55. 456 Says:

    were>was

  56. Yung Hopp Says:

    no. t.i. was influenced by the sound. as was a lot of people.

    ^^^

    They got similar styles of makin’ music, but, at general, T.I. doesn’t look up to Jeezy as influence.

    Producers tend to be the same sometimes, since both from the South.

    Now … If you say both of them, as South artists, got influenced by the same sounds and ended up mastering to this point … That I can agree.

  57. Breaux Brosephson the !! Says:

    The 2 dopest niggas in the south right now are Jeezy clones. Gotti and Gucci, be very clear.

  58. b-ease Says:

    You didn’t like a statement I made, so You tried to make a sarcastic comment

    ^^
    Correction: I didnt understand a statment you made (it was nonsensical), so I made a truthful comment. You took it as sarcastic because you’re feelings were hurt over my pointing out of a clusterfuck of grammatical errors.

    Now you’re mad and its obvious and now so appears you base your statements toward me on emotions from the past.

    ^^
    Werent you the one to reference the “past” first? So by that logic wouldnt that mean the past is making you emotional about my statements as well? You’re nothing but double talk dude.

  59. landlord Says:

    –*grabs popcorn*

    ———

    oh please… there’s nothing to see here… joe88’s a lightweight… he’s too sensitive and he might cry again …

  60. Belize Says:

    this shyt is regular

    man, do writers even leave the laptop and go to a studio session? It may help them understand their job

  61. Detroit P Says:

    T.I. created the Blueprint for Jeezy…see: Trap Musik….not that Jeezy’s a biter, he definitely got his own style and sound…but T.I. created that whole lane.

  62. Rawrsaurus Says:

    Damn, Nick F wrote the verse for Im Goin In…. that verse i always thought was one of Drizzy’s best, damn

  63. PLDS Says:

    a tribe called quest Says:
    fuck you pussy.
    How dare you take Diz Gibran off the list.

    He creates some of the most polished songs out of all these soft ass squares freshman class. Underrated only because he’s from LA and underrated because he aint 21 like these other niggas.

    Nipsey Hussle get it in too.

  64. modi Says:

    “yeaaaaaaaaaah, b*tch!”

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