Drake Doesn’t Want Anybody Else But Kanye To Be His Competition

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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.

  • AlexFirth91

    Lmao, Drake easily dismissing Kendrick with that statement. But marketing and money wise, he’s correct.

  • Oei

    Love his honesty. Drake for ever

  • theBavarianIlluminati

    Drake is right for once. His only competition is more garbage. Great work. Go do another TV series Mr. Never Had Nothin’ At All.

  • Peso

    Drake is a product of ‘Ye just like Kendrick is a product of Eazy-E & NWA (Game is also part of that family tree). Jay Z is a product of Jaz 0, Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T etc. and he’s one of the greatest to ever do it. Everyone is influenced by someone else that came before them especially in Hip-Hop. That why Drake said on Paris Morton Music 2 that’s he’s not trying to do it the same but do it better…he killed that verse by the way

  • Izzy Reynard

    I think he’s wrong. If he means that he’s the only one that can top him in popularity, he’s wrong, since Eminem and Jay are still at the top, evidenced by there sales numbers. If he means lyrically, he’s even more out of line, seeing as how the two aforementioned MCs are still better and there are other dudes on or above Drake’s level. He may be one of the hottest, but it’s not just him and Kanye.

  • Matthew

    I think mist hip hop fans recognize that there are a few levels of hip hop superiority. Several “thrones”, if you will. In terms of hard-hitting, artistic, quality hip hop, Drake and Kanye are at the top (Kanye has an edge because of his absolutely extraordinary body of work) but Kendrick Lamar is not too far behind.

    To mention Jay Z and Eminem along with these guys is useless because Jay and Eminem are essentially legacy acts at this point in their careers. I’m not saying that they’re bad – in fact they still put out quality work and have great sales numbers. However, in terms of relevancy amongst most hip hop fans, Jay and Eminem are past their prime. We all know people, now probably in their mid to late twenties and thirties, who will buy an Eminem or Jay Z album just as a sign of respect to those artists that played an important part in their youth. They listened to Jay or Eminem in their cars in high school or at parties or with friends, etc. and they hold fond memories of those times. I think that’s the majority of Jay and Em fans right now.

    On the other hand, we can’t wait to hear new verses, singles, or albums from guys like Kanye, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. They put out the best product right now. I don’t think it’s absurd for Drake to want to be #1 or to consider that he and Ye are at the top right now, because they are. Drake wants to put together a body of work over his career to rival the greats like Kanye and Jay and Eminem.

    Kendrick is nowhere near those dudes yet but he can potentially have staying power if he doesn’t get embroiled in these kind of petty feuds. It seems like all these California dudes (2pac, the Game, Eazy E, etc) are just obsessed with scorching the Earth and have no vision past the present. Kendrick happens to be more talented than 2pac, Game and Eazy E but he’ll have a career that ends in irrelevance like they did if he doesn’t stick to producing quality music and chooses to pick fights instead.

    • icon kain

      mostly every thing u said is wrong. for one tupac was and still is the biggest Rap icon of all time. XXlmag just did a whole issues for him as the greatest of all time. they even teach collage classes about this same dude. THAT WAS WRONG. Jay z just had one of the biggest selling albums of all time and u say he is past his prime. number don’t lie! Em was just voted best hip-hop artist of the last past 10 years not even 1 year ago. and they still sale more hten any one u just named drake,ye, and Kendrick, and they will tell you that as well. do your research.

      • Matthew

        You’re all over the place. I never made any mention about “icons” of hip hop. I said drake and kanye put out the best, most compelling product right now. I don’t know who would argue that point. They are the most talented and the ones that really reach the most people in an intellectual and artistic manner. I assume you’re referring to me saying Kendrick Lamar is a more talented MC than 2pac. While everyone loves 2pac, present company included, and he probably is one of the most influential symbols in hip hop, he was never the best rapper and didn’t have a long enough career to really develop as an artist. Kendrick is a better rapper than him, even with his limited repertoire. He’s verbally and lyrically gifted.

        Numbers do lie. N’Sync, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears had some of the fastest selling albums of all time. I think they each sold over 2 million records in a week in the late 90′s, early 2000s. They’ve sold more records than Prince, Bruce Springsteen, and other musical icons. Does that make them better. No, it doesn’t. Just because Em and Jay sold more doesn’t mean they’re better or they’re still in their prime. Like I said in my previous comment – they are legacy acts. Which means they could put out anything and it would sell solely because they are who they are. Eminem’s last 3 albums were all trash but they sold well. Kingdom Come was a piece of shit album but it sold 600k+ in it’s first week. Taylor Swift sold a million albums in a week twice! Is she better than Drake and Kanye too?

        You don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Peso

        Sales doesn’t mean your good, great or legendary but it does mean something. Any rapper that says they don’t care about sales is a lie and anyone would love to go gold, platinum etc. even if they never reach those milestones. I’m a lyrical Hip-Hop fan to the core that cares mostly about the lyrics more than anything else and I still find myself talking about sales, plaques and #1 albums so it means something but not everything. Nelly is 1 of the highest saling artist from 2000-2010 and I respect that but I bet my hand on a copping block that he’s far down almost everyone list of best rappers lyrically in that time span? He’s not on a Eminem/Jay Z level but the sales would tale you he is. If that’s the case then he’s better then Em, Hov LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Black Jay

    For real Drake????? Man, this dude is a chick in disguise. Kendrick called you out. Twice. And you’re not going to respond???? I know LL, Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z and Nas are doubting your credentials now. If battling isn’t necessary, why did all of those guys go in?

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    • icon Kain

      No one in the game have more platinum records then Jay z. Hands down every thing he dropped went platinum. And i’m not a jay z fan. i only like this album

  • Emz

    Drake got ta B tripping he int better than PUSHA TON …….. that boy rapzzzzz circlez around his singing azzzzzzzz …… stay wid them Barzzzzzzz and leff out d singing

  • Blaqc Rain

    i have no clue why people are still talking about Drake like he didnt just put out a classic and well rounded album… it goes farther than just opinion with people