Although Drake didn’t attend this year’s Grammy Awards (he was on tour in Europe), he still managed to snag two awards when “Hotline Bling” won for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance.
However, many noticed the absurdity of a song winning two rap awards despite not having any actual rapping in it, and Drake is now speaking out about Grammy wins that he admits are just “weird.”
“Even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song, the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category,” he said during an hour-long interview with DJ Semtex on Saturday’s episode of OVO Sound Radio. “Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black, I can’t figure out why. I won two awards, but I don’t even want them, because it just feels weird for some reason.”
In the wide-ranging interview, Drake also opens up about his long-running feud with Meek Mill, saying that the rapper made a “terrible” decision to come after him.
“My mind was going a thousand miles a minute, I didn’t know who was going to be on a diss track or what he had ready,” he said. “I thought this was three months in the making. When I dropped ‘Charged Up,’ just to kinda see what the preparation level was, I realized — oh wow you’re not ready…I respect revenge when it’s warranted. It’s not something I’m proud of because it took just as much of an emotional toll on me — maybe not as much as it did on him — but you always gotta hear about it… and just seeing people get so riled up on negativity, it doesn’t feel great… It was just embarrassing to witness, you know? If he had revealed some huge thing, you know, you woulda heard a lot more people, peers of mine chime in. You can ask Meek if he thinks it was worth it and I’ll bet he tells you no.”
The Toronto rapper also had a lot to say about Kanye West’s rant about him last year during the “Saint Pablo” tour, when he slammed Drake and DJ Khaled.
“Khaled and Drake and radio and Doc and [Real] 92.3 and everybody. Is it just me or did you hear that song so many times ‘you say you wanna play ‘For Free’,” West said of Drake’s collaboration with DJ Khaled. “Aye, aye. You know what it is, though? Because aye, I love Drake. I love Khaled. But they set that song up, bro.”
“I think everybody has their own little things going on, I’m not really sure what he’s referring to half the time, as in the same breath, I went from being… like working on a project with him, to him sort of publicly s**tting on me and DJ Khaled for being on the radio too much,” responded Drake.
“But yeah I’m not really sure, everybody’s got their own thing going on. Again me when I hear that, I just distance myself from it, you know, alright, if that’s what it is I don’t really even understand the point you’re trying to make but whatever it is that you’re going through, I accept it, I don’t respect it at all,” he continued.
“You know, ’cause I feel like me and Khaled are just good people, I’m not sure why we’re the target of your choice that you made that night,” added Drake.
Fast-forward a couple of days and another interview later and it seems Drake has more to say on the matter.
In response to Kanye’s rant, Drizzy says, “I know [Kanye] was really upset because at that time we were working together pretty heavy and he really wanted to be on [‘Views’].”
Adding that it was Kanye’s way of showing his displeasure that made him want to distance himself from the rapper.
“I went from working on a project with [Kanye] to him sh**ing on me and Khaled for being on the radio too much,” Drake told DJ Semtex. When asked by the paparazzi, West denied he said anything about Drake’s music being overplayed.
“I never said that,” West told a paparazzi, who agreed with him. Watch the encounter below.