Drake criticizes Grammys, discusses Meek Mill beef in surprise new interview

The Canadian rapper admitted that he was confused by West's much-publicized onstage rant during one of his Saint Pablo tour dates a year ago, when he criticized radio stations for overplaying music by mainstream rap artists, including Drake and DJ Khaled.

Drake also took this opportunity to call out Meek Mill for his decision to start a feud after accusing Drake of using ghostwriters, and then he hit out the Grammy Awards.

During an interview with DJ Semtex on Beats 1's OVO Sound Radio on Saturday, Drake admitted he was confused when Kanye ranted during one of his tour dates previous year about the rapper.

"I think everybody has their own little things going on", the Canadian emcee said. West said to the audience that he disagreed with radios overplaying mainstream rappers like Drake and DJ Khaled. I had to really get revenge on that situation, like I said I respect revenge when its warranted and that was just warranted and it was what it was and it's not something that I'm proud of because it took just as much of an emotional toll on me, I mean not as much as it did on him, but it took an emotional toll on me, it was just a lot, you always gotta hear about it, even just seeing people get so riled up off negativity. "After Views, I was inspired and I wanted to keep the music going and get people inspired".

"Yeah, I was dealing directly with Ye and that's the version that he sent me and that was what we talked about and he was like "man you know this is like "Pop Style" featuring the throne, this is huge" and I was excited obviously anybody would be excited to see them link back up. And yeah I accept what you're going through, and I just go and continue working on my own thing".

In this particular tirade, the troubled rapper, 39, made headlines for claiming artists like Drake and DJ Khaled had conspired with radio stations to overplay their music.

Drake released two diss tracks "Charged Up" and "Back To Back", during his public feud with Meek Mill.

"Even though "Hotline Bling" is not a rap song, the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category", he explained. "Maybe because I've rapped in the past or because I'm black, I can't figure out why".

"I didn't know who was going to be on a diss track or what he had ready", he said (quotes via Complex).

Listen to the full interview below. "And you didn't even do it through music you just tweeted".

Or maybe he just doesn't want to be on the receiving end of another Kanye rant.

  • Salvatore Jensen