Drake Covers The FADER’s 100th Issue: Talks Meek Mill, Ghostwriting

Drake - The FADER 100th issue

The FADER announced this week, the first of two artists chosen for the cover of its 100th issue: Drake.

In the cover story, which was conducted in his hometown of Toronto, the rap star opens up about his strengthened relationship with fans, the beef with Meek Mill, and, for the first time, opens himself up to questions regarding ghostwriting allegations.

"I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running. I don't mind that," Drake explained. "And those recordings -- they are what they are. And you can use your own judgment on what they mean to you... 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 it being me... It's just, music at times can be a collaborative process, you know? Who came up with this, who came up with that -- for me, it's like, I know that it takes me to execute every single thing that I've done up until this point. And I'm not ashamed."

Below are highlights from the piece, which you can read the rest at TheFader.com.

Drake on his famous co-signs: "It's just channeling my mom. Like, I'd bring home an essay that I did really well on, and my mom would read it through and give me notes back—on the essay that I just scored like 94 on! So sometimes I just do that. I'll hear people's stuff and… I'll just give my interpretation of how I would have done it...It's just, literally, I've recognized the potential and the greatness in this piece, and I want to take my stab at it too."

Drake on his surprise clash with Meek Mill: "This is a discussion about music, and no one's putting forth any music?... Nobody told you that this was a bad idea, to engage in this and not have something?...It was weighing heavy on me. I didn't get it. I didn't get how there was no strategy on the opposite end. I just didn't understand. I didn't understand it because that's just not how we operate."

Drake on vulnerability and toughness: "Not being vulnerable is never gonna be my thing. I'm always going to share with you what's going on in my life...Vulnerability, to me, sometimes comes in the form of being naïve about where I am in the pecking order of all this. So I think I realize where I'm at now. And I think I realize that I'm gonna have to be OK with not having that many friends that are peers."

Future on Drake: "Drake is my brother. We have a cool personal relationship, but we have an even better relationship musically."