In a recent interview with The Fader, Drake addressed the ghost-writing allegations levied against him by Meek Mill. The Canadian rapper admits the hit-making process can be collaborative, but he boasts about being the secret, critical ingredient in the recipe.
“I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running,” said Drizzy in reference to Quentin Miller’s involvement. “I don’t mind that. And those recordings [Miller’s reference tracks], they are what they are. And you can use your own judgement on what they mean to you.”
Going further, he added, “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 that.”
Regarding the beef with Mill and his subsequent single “Back to Back,” Drake expressed surprise that the Philly MC launched the war without more ammo. “You guys didn’t think this through at all—nobody? You guys have high-ranking members watching over you. Nobody told you that this was a bad idea, to engage in this and not have something? You’re gonna engage in a conversation about writing music and delivering music with me? And not have anything to put forth on the table?” said the rapper, recalling his initial surprise over the attack. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna probably just finish this.’ And I know how I have to finish it. This has to literally become the song that people want to hear every single night, and it’s gonna be tough to exist during the summer when everybody wants to hear [this] song that isn’t necessarily in your favor.”
Indeed, “Back to Back” seemed to set Mill back considerably. Ticket sales for his tour with girlfriend Nicki Minaj took a dip and he even declared defeat. But if several songs on What a Time to Be Alive, Drake’s collaborative retail mixtape with fellow rapper Future, offers any proof—the beef is far from over.