Drake sat down before an audience at NYU on Sunday for Elliott Wilson’s CRWN series. In part two of the interview, October’s Very Own spoke about working with Beyoncé, his respect for Jay Z, and his relationship with YMCMB. Plus, he revealed his plans for a full singing album and why his mother got upset over the lyrics to “Too Much.”
His production partner Noah “40” Shebib also joined him to talk about their recording process and the OVO sound.
Read highlights and watch the interview below.
On Beyoncé: “‘Pound Cake’ happened while I was writing for Beyoncé or working with Beyoncé, not writing for, working with. I hate saying writing for ’cause she’s a phenomenal writer. She has bars on bars.”
On “Pound Cake”: “I sent the song back to Jay, and that was when it almost became a Jay Z song. He’s such a good guy. He was just like, ‘Man, I gave my word.’ Everybody around him was hype around the song. We’re all so grateful to have Hov. I don’t know what I’d do without that guy sometimes. He’s full of gems, full of advice, and obviously one of the most talented people.”
On “Off That”: “I initially wrote it as a reference for somebody and it ended up making the album and at that time, who’s gonna say no? … I probably would’ve said things different.”
On making an R&B album: “I’m looking forward to giving you my version of a full singing record one day.”
On “Too Much”: “For the first time, my mom was extremely upset. She was really upset with me. She was upset because she felt like it warranted a personal conversation before I went and said that in a song.”
On YMCMB: “I just try to be as loyal as I can. At the end of the day, I’m gonna be Drake. I believe in what I believe in. I love Stunna and I love Wayne with all my heart, and Nicki. At the same time, I always feel like me being out here pushing what I’m doing, pushing OVO, it only makes the label look better. I just try and make it a joint thing. Everything I do is hopefully a positive to Young Money.”
Watch part 1 here.