During the launch of Google Music earlier this month, Drake sat down for an in-depth interview, where he spoke about the creation of Take Care, taking inspiration from his haters (“They just start tugging at you, but I wear really strong pants”), his appreciation for British producer Jamie xx, and the consistency of Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.
He also revealed that Weezy listened to Take Care for the first time after it was in stores. “That’s how much confidence he has in me,” said his 25-year-old protégé. “He listened it when it was on shelves because he can’t change anything now.”
When collaborating with Rihanna on the album’s title track, he had a vision. “I really wanted to bring her into our world, but still allow her to be herself,” he explained. “I think she really shines bright. She comes from a place that’s so rich in culture, so rich in music, but being the most iconic female period right now—next to Nicki Minaj, of course… [Nicki is] just doing incredible, she’s my favorite person.”
As for what he wants his legacy to be, Drake commented, “I want people to really feel like I knew Drake while he was on this Earth. I know everything about him. There were no secrets, there was nothing that he hid, no feelings that he concealed. In five years, hopefully I have a couple more projects out that surpass Take Care, but I would like for them to say I remember that moment when I wasn’t sure what was gonna happen and Drake delivered an album that served a purpose in my life.”