Drake Claims He’s Not Dissing Tupac on ‘Fear’
Actor-turned-rapper Drake may have put his foot in his mouth when he inadvertently upset Tupac fans by confessing that he wasn't saddened by the rap legend's death. Now, Drake wants to clear up the controversy stemming from a line in his song 'Fear,' and claims that he wasn't dissing Tupac.
Instead, the Canadian-bred MC claims the lyric expresses the slain rapper's lack of influence on him. Drake has been very open about his musical influences, which include Jay-Z and Lil Wayne but when it comes to Tupac, he's just not that into him.
"I never cried when 'Pac died," he says in the song. "But I probably will when Hov does/ And if my tears hold value, then I would drop one for every single thing he showed us/ And I'll be standing in a puddle."
Drizzy later clarified that the lyrics were not meant to discredit Tupac but that his age is what doesn't allow him to hold the rapper in the same esteem as others. "A lot of people also sort of don't understand the meaning of that line," he said in an interview. "It's not necessarily that I don't love West Coast hip-hop or that I don't love 'Pac now that I'm 22, but that line was just said to show how new I am to hip-hop. I was 9 when that [Tupac's death] happened, so it didn't really affect me."
The track appears on Drake's recently released 'So Far Gone' EP. His full-length debut 'Thank Me Later,' is due in stores next year.