On Sunday night, with the footage of the interview hitting the net today, Drake took part in an open discussion for Elliot Wilson’s CRWN series, and the topic of Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse was brought up, and it doesn’t seem like the Toronto rapper is feeling it all that much.
As Drake spoke on Kendrick’s verse, he stated:
“That [“Control”] verse was a moment to talk about. Are you listening to it now, though?”
“That verse had no malice it, because I seen him 5 days later at the VMA’s and it was all love… He didn’t come in there on some wild, ‘I’m in New York, fuck everybody.’ I almost wish he had come in there on that shit because I kind of lost a little bit of respect for the sentiment of the verse.
If it’s really ‘fuck everybody’ then it needs to be ‘fuck everybody’. It can’t just be halfway.”
Head to the 20 minute mark in the clip to hear Drake speak on Kendrick’s “Control” verse and hear what else he has to say about Kendrick below.
In another interview on LA’s Power 106, Drake continued to speak on Kendrick’s “Control” verse:
During his interview with Power 106, Drake says that he doesn’t think any names that Kendrick mentioned will want to work with him again, and he’s in no hurry to work with Kendrick anytime soon. The Young Money rapper also said the track was just a trend like a “Twitter frenzy,” but that it wont last, and that he’s done with it like the rest of the world.
Drake also believes that the “Control” verse may have put Kendrick in a box, and that he doesn’t really respect it… plus much more.
“I’m probably like as done as the rest of the world is with that record. I think it came and it went. And not to discredit it. It was a good moment, but at the end of the day it’s just like… it was one of those sort of like fleeting Twitter frenzies that like, it was cool for what it was. My thing is I like lasting power. I feel like he made a decision, you know what I’m saying? And it was a decision to make. He was like “Man, I’m either gonna go for this moment because I know it’s gonna be a big moment or I’m gonna take heed to the fact that I have real relationships and I’m gonna like not do that.”
Drake says that he thought about calling out names before, but he didn’t want to mess up any relationships:
I’ll be real, I thought of doing that before. I thought “Man, it’d be crazy if I just went off on everybody.” But it’s just kinda like, “Ah, where does it really get me? Then what? Then every time I rap people are gonna expect me to be confrontational and when I’m not then it’s not entertaining?” It’s like it kinda puts you in a box a bit. I don’t know if I necessarily respect it.”
As he continued, Drake says that he doesn’t believe any names that Kendrick mentioned will want to work with him again.
“He’s gonna have another album and another opportunity to take the world by storm again. So, he’ll be alright. Even if it doesn’t feature any of the names he mentioned, which it probably won’t, to be honest with you. I don’t know who’s gonna go back from that and be like, ‘Yeah, let’s link up.’ Nah, but he’ll be alright.”
Listen to Drake’s interview with Big Boy’s neighborhood on Power 106 below: