In his cover story for the 100th issue of FADER Magazine Drake speaks for the first time about why he jumped on the surprise remix of Wizkid’s Ojuelegba a few months back.
He told the magazine
I just did it because I was in the moment. I wasn’t thinking like, ‘Oh man, I gotta get my brand up in Nigeria.’” Not to say that’s not important. I’m super-honored to be on that song.
He also sets the record straight about those Meek Mill ghost writing allegations and his beef with the rapper!
On The Rap Beef with Meek Mill, which started after Meek accused him of using a ghostwriter
It was weighing heavy on me
This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music? Nobody told you that this was a bad idea, to engage in this and not have something?
I didn’t get it. I didn’t get how there was no strategy on the opposite end. I just didn’t understand. I didn’t understand it because that’s just not how we operate.
Does he use ghostwriters?
I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running. I don’t mind that. And those recordings-they are what they are. And you can use your own judgment on what they mean to you. If I have to be the vessel for this conversation to be brought up-you know, God forbid we start talking about writing and references and who takes what from where — I’m OK with it being me.
It’s just, music at times can be a collaborative process, you know? Who came up with this, who came up with that-for me, it’s like, I know that it takes me to execute every single thing that I’ve done up until this point. And I’m not ashamed.