Also talks about his love of grime and more in a new OVO Sound interview with DJ Semtex.
Drake has addressed his recent Grammys win, his love of grime, his beef with Meek Mill and a number of other subjects in a surprise interview with DJ Semtex on his Beats 1 OVO Sound radio show last night (February 18), which was recorded on Monday – a day after the Grammys.
When asked about the first time he experienced racism, Drake referenced his Grammys win, saying that “even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song… the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category.”
He continued: “Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black, I can’t figure out why… I won two awards last night—but I don’t even want them, because it just feels weird for some reason.” Drake says that he should have been nominated for best pop artist over best rap artist, noting that ‘One Dance’ is a pop song.
Semtex also asked Drake about how it felt when Meek Mill first took aim at him over accusations of ghostwriting in 2015. Drake described Mill’s decision to start the feud as “terrible” and “impulsive,” commenting: “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. 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.”
Drake continued to talk more about the beef: “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,” he explained.
The Canadian artist also spoke about 2016’s viral hit ‘One Dance’ featuring Kyla and Wizkid, commenting: “it was great to just be able to just make something like that and shine light on a song from the UK that deserves it, because that’s truly a classic song.”
In the same interview, Drake recalled the time Dr. Dre gave him a $10,000 check, remembering it as “the most money I’d ever had in my life.” You can read the full interview transcript over at DJ Semtex’s site.