Drake and Meek Mill’s feud is one of the biggest rap beefs in recent times, but it didn’t feel as good for Drake as it did for the neutrals.
In an interview with DJ Semtex on OVO Radio, Drake opened up about the entire beef, his feelings when he first heard the claims, and much more.
He said: “Meek Mill at the time, due to some issue with Nicki [Minaj] or whatever it was, decided to create a narrative that I don’t write my own music because that was what was convenient for him at the time.
“The reason why I never felt necessarily pressured to sit down and defend myself right away, or go do an interview, [was] because anybody that’s been in any room with me knows first of all knows that. I am one of the best writers, period. 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.”
“You can interview Meek and ask him if he thinks it was worth it, I bet he’ll tell you ‘no,’” he said.
“Unfortunately, on display for the world, that was a terrible impulsive decision because you weren’t ready.
“And in my mind I study the game, and also I’m a very calculated thinker, I’m sitting here thinking you’re ready. I’m thinking this goes so high up that I’m about to see the craziest sh*t I had ever seen. I didn’t know who was going to be on a diss track with him, or what he had ready. I’m thinking this is like three months in the making and I’m getting blindsided.”
“I knew I had to retaliate because I realized he was unprepared. When you realize someone is unprepared you have to strike.”
“You know how good I am at writing music but you really tried to spin the entire narrative of my career, but like end my life and take food from my family and really end it all.
“And you didn’t even do it through music you just tweeted. It was like sickening to me. I had to really get revenge on that situation. I respect revenge when it’s warranted and that was warranted.
“It’s not something that I’m proud of because it took just as much of an emotional toll on me — I mean, maybe not as much as it did on him — but it took an emotional toll on me.
“It was just a lot. You always gotta hear about it, even just seeing people get so riled up off negativity. It didn’t feel great. It was what had to happen at the time.”
He ended by saying he didn’t want to ever be friends with Meek Mill again. “That’s just not somebody who I ever want to be friends with,” he added. “I don’t have that level of respect for him because of his actions. I’m not looking to be friends or cordial.”
Listen to the full interview below.