Drizzy says that throwing shots at other rappers and receiving them only beefs up integrity.
With his sophomore album Take Care landing in stores tomorrow, Drake is gracing the cover of Complex magazine, fielding questions from the publication about how some criticize him for fashion choices and nitpick his lyrics. During the chat, he addressed several of his lyrics that could have been construed as subliminal disses, explaining that jabs on Lil Wayne’s “I’m Good” and DJ Khaled's "I'm On One" were more intended to inspire the competition.
“Rapping is about being young and doing your thing and being fly,” he said. “I’m sure people took it that way and that’s good, man. That’s great. Wake the fuck up. I hope it makes you go harder. I hope it makes you get mad at me and write a song with me in mind. I hope Kanye’s verse on ‘Otis’ was with that in mind. Everyone tried to tell me ‘Oh Jay is going at you.’ I don’t hear it, but I hope it was man, that song is fucking incredible. Making each other go harder, that's what this shit is about.”
He explained that he’s willing to put anything in his music for the sake of artistry, stating that he’d rather infuse his songs with real-life emotion than creating a sentiment.
“Any musical sound is real to me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s from like Lana Del Ray all the way to Future from Atlanta or ASAP Rocky. Sonically, you can do whatever you want. That’s the beautiful thing about music: you get to make a choice. The more you can start pinpointing pieces of your actual life and start pulling it into your music, people will be like, ‘Damn, that’s something I’ve only thought about, but this guy put it into a song.’”