Drake on Whether He Will Respond to Common and His Shots at Vanessa Bryant [Exclusive]

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Back in November when Common dropped “Sweet”, the second single from his most recent full length, a couple of lines that sounded suspiciously like shots at Drake immediately caught people’s attention. Com beat around the bush for a while, as rappers are known to do, before eventually admitting that those shots were in fact aimed at the young superstar. Strongly worded statements were then exchanged between the two on the original version of Rick Ross’ “Stay Schemin” and a subsequent remix before the conflict appeared to fizzle.

Common told Rolling Stone last week that he’s finished with the beef and Drake has had ample time to record a response if he felt the need to do so. I recently caught up with him while he was on the set of his video for “The Zone” with The Weeknd and asked him about another “controversial” line from “Stay Schemin”, whether we should expect a second Common response and if there was any truth to the rumor that he fired his entire staff.

So people want to know: will you respond to Common?
No. Because despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a “hip hop moment” or a “battle for the sake of musical integrity”…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album. More than anything it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre. A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.

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Video: 40 Talks About Kendrick Lamar’s “Buried Alive” Interlude

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

MTV put up a track-by-track rundown of Take Care with Drake producer and right-hand man Noah “40” Shebib. In this clip he talks about his reaction to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Buried Alive”.

After the jump, 40 talks about why they chose to bring back Jamie XX’s remix of the Gil Scott-Heron song.

Also, there’s some pics from the Take Care sessions on the OVO blog.

Previously: Mary J Blige ft. Drake – Mr. Wrong (Video)

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Video: Drake – The Motto (Live in San Jose)

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Drake performed his latest single in The Bay. Tyga was also on-hand to contribute a verse.

Thanks to Alex Shimon. (Will update with better footage.)

Previously: Drake, J. Cole & Big Sean – Live @ Power 106’s Cali Christmas Concert (Video)

Meek Mill – Faded Too Long Freestyle

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Meek Mill got his hands on the beat for Drake’s “The Ride” and rapped over it. Someone needs to get him that beat for “Lord Knows” though.

Download: Link

Props: HNHH

Related: Drake & Meek kicking it backstage @ Hartford, CT’s Jingle Jam

Previously: Meek Mill ft. Young Chris – House Party (Video)

Video: Drake – Headlines (Live @ The AMAs)

Monday, November 21st, 2011

“If we talking ’bout the numbers, man it look like 700…”

All praises due: MWP.

Previously: Nicki Minaj Opens the 2011 AMAs (Video)

Drake – Hate Sleeping Alone

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

One of the missing RAP tracks (sorta) from last week’s Take Care leak, along with The Ride. This’ll be an iTunes bonus track.

The beat is similar to “Free Spirit”, also produced by Noah “40” Shebib.

Props: YHTN

Related: This great interview Billboard conducted with Drake where he pretty much addresses everything from music leaks to not being able to pick a single. Also mentions potentially releasing a freestyle, a la 9 AM In Dallas, over a Jamie XX beat.

Previously: Drake ft. Lil Wayne – The Motto (Prod. by T-Minus)

Drake Interview w/ Stereogum

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

In this interview, Drake reveals “Lord Knows” was initially a gospel sample which they couldn’t clear so Just had to go back and have a choir come in to re-do it. Later he says, about his writing process on the album:

As far as the raps go, it’s sorta crazy like, I really set out with anger in my heart to prove that I’m not here by accident, I’m not here because of some flow I borrowed from someone else. I’m not here because of one particular flow or one particular moment. There’s nobody that can ever tell me like, Drake is made up of this component and that component. Never. When people thought it was just rap, then I went and wrote like Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable.” “Best I Ever Had” I never used some other rapper’s flow in it. People try and downplay the amount of different areas that I’ll touch on, so when I wanted to do this album, I’m going to make it a purpose. I’m going to make it a point to not only NOT use any of the flows they’re talking about, but I want to create new things that I know that people will have to work harder to create their own new shit or they’re just going to end up copying me. I say on the album, my manager’s name is Gee Roberson so I say:

Roberson boost the rate up / Time that somebody paid up / A lot of these niggas came up off a style that I made up / But if all I hear is me / Who should I be afraid of?

That’s some real shit.

He also goes on to say that he’ll propose to Nicki Minaj on the spot and he takes back the “I wish I wasn’t famous” line from Thank Me Later.

Link: Stereogum Q&A: Drake

Previously: Drake & Rick Ross Working on Y.O.L.O. Mixtape

Drake – Take Care (Track List)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Here is the track list for Drake’s sophomore album Take Care with features from Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Andre 3000 and Rick Ross. Album hits stores November 15th.

1. Over My Dead Body
2. Shot For Me
3. Headlines
4. Crew Love ft. The Weeknd
5. Take Care ft. Rihanna
6. Marvins Room
7. Under Ground Kings
8. We’ll Be fine
9. Make Me Proud ft. Nicki Minaj
10. Lord Knows ft. Rick Ross
11. Cameras
12. Doing It Wrong
13. The Real Her ft. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
14. Look What You’ve Done
15. HYFR ft. Lil Wayne
16. Practice
17. The Ride

18. Hate Sleeping Alone
19. Untitled ft. Lil Wayne

Spotted: ATF

Previously: Mary J. Blige ft. Drake – Mr. Wrong

Video: Lil Wayne Says Drake Is Not A Human Being

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Lil Wayne describes the tracks Drake played him from the upcoming album to MTV:

“I actually haven’t got a chance to listen to all of it, but I heard a few songs,” Wayne told MTV News while on the set for Birdman’s “Y.U. Mad” video in Miami.

Weezy has never been shy with his “Best Rapper Alive” boasts, but when it comes to Drake and his new album, he plays second fiddle. “I can tell, you know, I don’t know nothing else out there that can touch it, including my stuff. That kid is on another planet,” he said.

Reassuring. After the jump, check out Drake’s interview with MTV News surrounding his SNL performance last weekend.

Drake’s sophomore album Take Care drops on November 15th.

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Video: Drake on Saturday Night Live

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Tonight Drake was the musical guest on SNL and he also appeared in the Digital Short. Below he performs the new single “Make Me Proud” with Nicki Minaj, and after the jump he does “Headlines” plus appears on Weekend Update alongside Jay Pharoah.

Props: Yardie

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