Drake is always a hot topic of discussion worth diving into. For VIBE’s Winter 2014 cover, the 27-year-old is featured for their "Killing Them Softly" story. Music Editor John Kennedy has an in-depth conversation about the recording process of Nothing Was The Same, as well as touches on current topics like his relationship with Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West.

Drake and Kendrick’s so-called feud have been in the limelight since “Control” impacted hip-hop. When asked if “The Language” was a subliminal response, Drizzy says he never felt the need to respond to that record. He continued to respect Kendrick as an artist, but feels he doesn’t need to take his lyrics too literally.

"Of course you wanna be the best. Where it became an issue is that I was rolling out an album while that verse was still bubbling, so my album rollout became about this thing. What am I supposed to say? Nah, we’ll be buddy-buddy? Mind you, I never once said he’s a bad guy [or] I don’t like him. I think he’s a fucking genius in his own right, but I also stood my ground as I should. And with that came another step, which then I have to realize I’m being baited and I’m not gonna fall."

Kanye was also brought up. As many fans have speculated in the past, ‘Ye and Drizzy have shown their competitive spirit—both wish to be the best in the game. Drake talks about their nature to always check for each other, and then mentions hey’ve been throwing around ideas and concepts to work together again.

"He’s, like, the best. What an era to be a part of. I wouldn’t want my competition to be anybody else. My competition is nobody else, by the way. It’s just me and ‘Ye. I still have work to do but that’s what it is right now."

Read the rest of the interview over at VIBE.