Drake Shares Upside to Meek Mill Beef in FADER Magazine

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Drake Addresses The Quentin Miller Reference Tracks, Meek Mill Beef & More With Fader.

The hip-hop super star discusses Meek Mill and other’s accusations in the newest Fader cover story, saying he’s happy to spark a debate over “originality” in hip-hop. Just last month, Meek Mill took to Twitter to blast the Toronto rapper for allegedly using a ghostwriter on his recent album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and a huge beef ensued.Drake’s run has been candy coated with success ever since his 2009 release of So Far Gone, and now six years later, the 6 God is at the top of his game and arguably one of hip-hop’s biggest stars and brightest talents, which obviously comes with a lot of pressure.

You know how most people were scratching their heads, trying to figure out Meek Mill’s game plan after he called out Drake on Twitter and said he didn’t write his own rhymes? I would wager some of your fondest childhood memories have ghostwriters – Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, even the Little House books all were ghostwritten, at least to some degree. First, Drake released a diss track called “Charged Up,” and while that didn’t stop from reference tracks by Quentin Miller leaking to the web, he soon dropped a second song, “Back To Back,” that seemed to put the nail in the coffin. And while Drizzy has touched on some of these issues in his lyrics, he hadn’t opened up about them in an interview… until now. “I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running,” he explained, before also discussing the leaked reference tracks. “I don’t mind that. The feature is Drake’s first extensive interview since a Rolling Stone piece published in February last year, following which he said on Twitter that he would no longer talk to magazines.

From penning celebrity tell-alls to crafting speeches for the highest political offices, ghostwriting is a common (potentially lucrative) practice – but you wouldn’t think so if you followed the “scandal” that caused tempers to flare in the rap world this past summer. Two months ago, Meek tweeted the tweet seen ’round the world which resulted in Drake clapping back with “Charged Up.” The 28-year-old rapper tells Fader he was perplexed by Meek’s lack of response since it was Meek who started it. “This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music. In the story, Drake addressed the issue before journalist Leon Neyfakh even had a chance to bring it up, telling him how he first heard Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex’s boasting that he had been given a number of “reference tracks” written and recorded by other rappers, proving that Drake users other writers for his material. “I’m just gonna bring it up ’cause it’s important to me,” he said. “I was at a charity kickball game — which we won, by the way — and my brother called me.

It started when Meek Mill unleashed some harsh accusations on Twitter, implying fellow rapper Drake uses ghostwriters: “Stop comparing drake to me too. . . And you can use your own judgment on what they mean to you.” In the piece, Drake was also asked if there was a context for those reference tracks. “There’s not necessarily a context to them,” he said. “And I don’t know if I’m really here to even clarify it for you.” “You guys didn’t think this through at all — nobody?” he said. “You guys have high-ranking members watching over you. Drake then recorded two diss tracks aimed at his one-time collaborator, and Mill recently threatened a concertgoer who held up a pro-Drake sign at one of his concerts.

When his career catapulted, he ventured to the back of the vehicle and would often be taxied about town by drivers, which as he explains it, took away from his creativity. And then the whole sordid tale got even more illicit, as apparently (and we have Karrine “Superhead” Steffans’ word for this, so it has to be true) Drake ghostwrites for Lil Wayne. And not have anything to put forth on the table? “I didn’t get it,” he continued. “I didn’t get how there was no strategy on the opposite end. Remember “BookGate?” Where The Real Housewives of New York’s Carole Radziwill and Aviva Drescher spent much of last season fighting because Aviva accused Carole of using a ghostwriter?

Always a hot topic, there are two sides of the fence – the “ghostwriting is an acceptable and well-known option” side, and the “hellz no, I write for myself” side. I didn’t understand it because that’s just not how we operate.” In the interview, Drake also said he wrote “Charged Up” to remind listeners about his craft. And what about the scathing “Back To Back?” Drizzy said he wanted to squash the beef with “the song that people want to hear every single night.” Why?

Like, I’d bring home an essay that I did really well on, and my mom would read it through and give me notes back—on the essay that I just scored like 94 on! I’ll hear people’s stuff and… I’ll just give my interpretation of how I would have done it…It’s just, literally, I’ve recognized the potential and the greatness in this piece, and I want to take my stab at it too.” Who came up with this, who came up with that—for me, it’s like, I know that it takes me to execute every single thing that I’ve done up until this point. And I’m not ashamed.” Meanwhile, his reps claim Views From The 6‘s release is “imminent.” As if you need a reminder, it’s been one year and two months since Drizzy announced the album’s title on his Twitter.

But he seems fine with being poked at. “If I have to be the vessel for this conversation to be brought up — you know, God forbid we start talking about writing and references and who takes what from where — I’m OK with it being me,” Drake tells The Fader.

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