Drake Discusses Ghostwriters & Why He Had To Come At Meek So Hard
He explained that he had worked with Miller on If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late,and that added that “due to some issue with Nicki, Meek decided to create a narrative that I don’t write my own music.”
Drake said he never had the urge to defend himself from any specific ghostwriting charges because the type of collaboration he did with Miller is commonplace, and because everyone in the industry knows he’s a great writer without help.
The reason why I never felt like necessarily pressured to sit down and defend myself right away or go do an interview is just because I mean anybody that was in those rooms, that worked on that project, or anybody that’s been in any room with me, period, knows first of all knows that I am one of the best writers period,” Drake bragged. “That is what I do, that is what I’m known for, I go and write for other people, I write my biggest songs, my biggest hits, the massive majority of my catalogue has all been written solely by me, which is a big feat because music is a collaborative process.”
Then Drake expressed surprise that Meek was so unprepared when he came after him with ‘Charged Up’ and then ‘Back To Back.’
“You know how good I am at writing music. But you really tried to not only spin the narrative of my career but to end my life, take food from my family,” Drake said of Meek. “And you didn’t even do to it through music. You just talked or tweeted. It was sickening to me. I had to really get revenge on that situation.
I respect revenge when it’s warranted … It’s not something that I’m proud of because it took just as much of an emotional toll on me—and 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 a clear win. That was the only part of that felt good … 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.”
Drake also spoke on the awkwardness with the Throne on the track ‘Pop Style.’ The song originally had Kanye and a (tiny) verse from Jay Z on it. However, the final version on Views had neither.
“Yeah, I was dealing directly with Ye and that’s the version that he sent me and that was what we talked about and he was like “man you know this is like ‘Pop Style’ featuring the throne, this is huge” and I was excited obviously anybody would be excited to see them link back up. And then I didn’t know what I was gonna hear. So when I heard Jay had two bars, I was like alright it is what it is, it’s cool I like that, it’s a little intro and Kanye goes off. And then you know I’m not really sure the details between how that conversation was miscommunicated or what they were going through at that time, or what anybody felt towards me or whatever it was, I’m not really sure but next thing I knew it just became a bit of an issue. And you know from there I don’t waste too much time, so I just was like alright cool I’ll finish it, I can rap as good as anybody else, so I’ll just go finish this song and put forth my own version cos I don’t really like… you know no one can dangle anything over my head in this business, I don’t play that. So it just needed to be done and I did it myself and yeah both versions exist, so when Kanye comes out to do it at the shows it goes crazy. I know he was really upset cos at that time we were working together pretty heavy and he really wanted to be on the record but you know…”
Check the interview below. Drake starts talking Meek at about the 28:30 mark.