Drake Opens Up to Angie Martinez About YMCMB, Competition, & Finding Love


Drake was in “rare form” (his words) during his appearance on “The Angie Martinez Show” on Tuesday. The Toronto MC kicked off his album release day with a visit to Hot 97 and discussed everything from Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse to finding a “strong female counterpart.”

He shared his bond with Jaden Smith, who inspired his recent shirt, and his deep respect for Jay Z and Kanye West. He gave credit to Rick Ross for coming up with the phrase “YOLO” and addressed his relationship with YMCMB.

While he remained humble, he was confident about his latest work. “I do have the best album of the year though,” he said of Nothing Was the Same.

Angie suggested some potential love interests for the eligible bachelor including Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Teyana Taylor, and Serena Williams. Find out which lady piqued his interest.

On Instagram: “I’ve become an Instagram sensation. I’m quite the talk on Instagram, which I don’t mind. I’m always down to laugh at myself.”

On YOLO: “Originally it was just a Rick Ross ad lib on Take Care ["Lord Knows"]. I took it and made it into a song. I texted him and I was like, ‘Yo, I got a song out of that ad lib that you gave me,’ and he was like, ‘Alright, cool.’ It’s pretty much Ross that came up with it.”

On his relationship with YMCMB: “In this block of years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve become my own man, my own entity, and I formed OVO. I support Young Money-Cash Money everywhere I go. I talk to Stunna [Birdman] almost every day. Wayne’s a busy guy, but when we see each other, it’s always good vibes, it’s always love.”

On a potential rap battle: “It would have to be warranted because it would be scathing. The bars would be scathing. I can’t be the first one.”

On Kendrick’s “Control” verse: “It just wasn’t real to me. I saw him after that and it was just love, so was that real or was that just for the people? Those were harsh words. You can’t just say that and then see me and be like, ‘Yeah, man, what’s up?’ Pretending like nothing ever happened. To me, that’s not the nature of battling.”

On rap beef: “There’s a reason why they don’t call my name. I’m not the guy. I’m not the one. I don’t like confrontation, but I’m also not the guy, especially when it comes to rap. I’m ready.”

On Jay Z: “He’s definitely one of my favorite rappers and favorite people, period. … He’s an incredible mentor to me and gives me great guidance and is very, very supportive. The more I show and prove, that’s where the relationship grows.”

On Kanye West: “I always cite Kanye as a very inspirational guy in my life, same thing with Jay. I think I’ll forever be looking up at those guys and that’s how I want to keep it.”

On Jaden Smith: “Jaden’s like my little brother. He’s my guy. I look out for him. He’s such a good, good, good kid. They’ve done such an incredible job with him and he’s super talented and he has the brightest future I think out of anybody that I know. He’s destined for greatness.”

On finding love: “I’m ready for a strong female counterpart to share all these experiences with.”

Watch the three-part interview below.

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  1. Hector

    It’s far from the best album of the year but what do you expect him to say about his own shit?


  2. Jay

    PUSSY NIGGA! He the same nigga that had Kendrick on his album , and got mad when Kendrick didn’t wanna tour with him he wanted to headline his own shit! Drake is a punk i swear


    Whatcha_Sayin Reply:

    @Jay, That was 2 years ago! and he wasn’t even credited as a featured guest lol



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  4. iL0veee____

    Drake is humble and I think is definietly the best rapper out here (2nd J.Cole)

    *I think i would be the best woman for Drake lol
    much love, wish him the very best



  5. Nick wright

    1st Born Sinner
    2nd Yeezus
    3rd NWTS
    4th MCHG
    5th MMLP2
    And i don’t even like Eminem,Serena has a nice body but she looks like a tranny i doubt he ever dated her he’s not blind i’m sure he busted himself some nuts though


    Vance Reply:

    @Nick wright, Congratulations, you win the internet. Born Sinner is definitely AOTY by a LONG SHOT.


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  7. TheBeast

    Lol Born Sinner was terrible let’s be honest. The order right now is:
    1. Yeezus
    2. Modern Vampires of the City
    3. Random Access Memories
    4. The Great Gatsby Soundtrack
    5. Indicud
    6. Doris
    7. Magna Carta… Holy Grail
    8. The 20/20 Experience
    9. Wolf
    10. True (Avicii)

    Long.Live.A$AP gets an honorable mention as well


    Nathan Reply:

    @TheBeast, We’re talking about rap albums, first of all — not wack pop music and not soundtracks. And, it’s clear you’re a hip-hop newbie to say that Born Sinner is terrible …. yet you list Wolf, Indicud and Doris among the stellar projects of the year.


    Whatcha_Sayin Reply:

    @TheBeast, Are you having a laugh? Born Sinner was surprisingly brilliant. Especially since Cole World was for the most part – boring


    Music Reply:

    @TheBeast, HAHAH somebody get this guy outta here


  8. Chloé Magnolia

    Drake completely overestimated the quality of Nothing Was the Same. I was looking forward to this album more than any other release this summer and what I got was alright, but I don’t love it.

    He’s getting a little more comfortable and he definitely said some interesting things on this joint and I enjoyed the music for the most part, but his braggadocio has a cheap, put-on slickness to it that puts me off. The same way songs like Own It and 305 to My City make me cringe. I don’t mind rappers bragging, but not every rapper knows how to do it in a way that’s enjoyable for the listeners. Big Ghost’s review pretty much sums up my sentiments on this album.

    It’s a pity, because I can tell that he put a lot of effort in it.


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  10. D-Lon

    Nothing Was The Same is a dissapointing album, and im a fan of Drake´s, but the best album this year is Def J. Cole´s Born Sinner, not even Jay-Z was able to release a good album this year.


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