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Drake Talks Rihanna, Jay Z’s Art Lyrics, Insecurities & More in Rolling Stone

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Drake has made several headlines this week for his interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Before the full chat debuted on the publication’s official site today, his thoughts on Macklemore‘s Grammy apology text to Kendrick Lamar were made public — he’s not a fan of how the ‘Can’t Hold Us’ rapper went about things. Then the ‘Nothing Was the Same’ creator apparently threw shots at Kanye West in the same sit-down, which he says were not accurate — he’s since deleted tweets sounding off on the matter.

With all of those details arriving before the actual interview even arrived, fans and critics were waiting for the moment it finally did. Besides his remarks about the aforementioned artists, Drake discusses a wealth of topics including his own insecurities as a rapper and opens up about his relationship with Rihanna, Jay Z‘s lyrics, his father and more.

Dig into some of the most poignant statements below.

Drake on Relationship with Rihanna: “She’s the ultimate fantasy. I mean, I think about it. Like, ‘Man, that would be good.’ We have fun together, she’s cool and shit. But we’re just friends. That’s my dog for life.”

Drake on His Early Insecurities as a Rapper: “It’s funny. I remember I used to have this mentality where I’d be at the Grammys or at the MTV awards, sitting at my seat, saying, ‘Oh, God, I hope they cancel my performance, or maybe the stage will break and I won’t have to do this tonight – I’m nervous.’ Like, on tour, I’d say, ‘I hope something happens where they have to clear the building, and we’ll get one night off.’ This was early on, around the first album.”

Drake on Skipping 2014 Grammy Awards: “It becomes more apparent how irrelevant our genre is to them,” he says. “They were trying to utilize me to sell the show, requesting me to come and perform ‘Hold On We’re Going Home'” – his smash ballad – “but they didn’t nominate it for anything! They’re calling me, e-mailing me every day to do some elaborate performance and bring them viewers, but I didn’t get a nomination for Album of the Year. I didn’t get a nomination for Song of the Year.”

Drake on Jay Z’s Art Lyrics: “It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references! I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.”

Drake on Relationship with Father as a Child: “My dad was messing up pretty bad…drug-related stuff or, like, theft. He was a mover and a shaker, a hustler: If you had it, he could sell it for you.”

Drake on Relationship with Father Now: “With my dad, it’s a tossup. We’re gonna spend some time. Could be better, could be worse, but I love him, so whatever it is, I’ll deal with it.”

Read the full interview at Rolling Stone.

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