As promised, Drake sat down with Zane Lowe for an interview on the eve of the release of his new album, VIEWS.
During the chat, the rapper offered some insight into the album, saying that he focused on what he’s going through rather than focusing on the feelings of others.
Though Drake says he never set out to be malicious, there is “some harsh truth” on the album.
“This album, I’m very proud to say is just — I feel like I told everybody how I’m actually feeling,” Drake said. “Not what this person’s going through and this person’s going through, that affects me. This is more like ‘This is where I’m at.’ And I was really, really — it takes a lot to get that clear. That’s a tough thing to access… I never set out with malicious intentions. I’m just a very honest person. I can’t write fiction… It all has to deal directly with me or else I can’t make the music… There’s some harsh truth on this album.”
Later, Drake talks about Jay Z and Kanye West’s appearance on the non-album version of “Pop Style”, calling Hov’s appearance “frustrating.”
“Jay didn’t really do a verse,” he said. “Really I just was trying to get ‘Ye on it at first. And ‘Ye just sent it to me like that. Like ‘Yo, Jay kinda just did my first few lines for me. And he was just here. And that’s how we flexed it.’ It was cool. And, he was all excited about ‘Yo, just put The Throne on it. It’ll be a crazy moment.’ I mean, of course people wanna hear Jay Z rap. So, hearing him do two lines might be frustrating to a certain audience.”
Drake goes on to reveal that he and Kanye have “a few things” they’ve worked on, though it’s unclear where they will be released.
“We live up the street from each other,” the rapper said. “So, on any given night I’ve been in my room, just came from training, working out and they’ve come to my room ‘Ye’s in the kitchen with your mom. He says he’s here to work.’ Or vice versa. I’ll pull up at his house and just see what he’s doing. And he’s always in there going crazy with somebody, some vibes. We’ll just sit and collaborate, that’s what music is all about. We have a few things that we’ve worked on. It’s always just about finding a place for it… We were supposed to do a mixtape together or an album together.”