Drake Says He Writes His Hits Quickly
Drake shares the details of his song writing process, says he's unable to tell a story about someone else in his music.
During a newly-released interview with Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio, Canadian rapper Drake continued to address the song making process he underwent while creating his third studio album, Nothing Was The Same.
Although the Young Money rapster says a number of his hit songs, including “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” were crafted in a short amount of time, he says his goal was to create his album by recording a limited number of songs.
“A lot of my hit songs I’ve written in a very short period of time,” said Drake. “‘Hold On, We’re Going Home,’ I felt like we finished that in like two hours…I’m not a guy that does 40 songs for a project and picks 13 of them. If I’m gonna go as far as to track over a beat I usually have the utmost faith in it that it’ll end up somewhere. I don’t really dispose of too many songs. I have stuff that didn’t make this album, definitely. But I don’t have 20 or 30 of them. I have four or five records that just didn’t make it because again I was trying to keep it concise.”
Drake briefly made mention of the storytelling-heavy records of Hip Hop’s past as he shared the details of his writing process. While a number of storytelling records typically boast a third-person point of view, Drake says his records are stories from his own life.
“Sometimes I’m working and sometimes I’m just waiting. I write about my life,” said the rapper. ‘I don’t write about stories. A lot of classic rap is storytelling, but it’s storytelling about someone else. Fictional stories sometimes. I can’t do that. I have to write about my life. So, sometimes in order to complete a verse the way I want to or to finish a second verse on a song when I’ve already done the first one, I have to allow myself to either live a portion of life I haven’t lived yet or something has to set in.”
The Toronto-based rapper, who released his third LP a little under a month ago, put out his album amidst reports of an alleged feud with fellow emcee Kendrick Lamar. The alleged rift between the rappers stemmed from the release of Big Sean’s “Control,” a record which features a guest verse from the Compton spitter. In his bar-filled verse, Kendrick goes on to challenge his fellow emcees as he calls them about by name. Among the artists mentioned were J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Pusha T, and Drake.
Drake has since stated that he’s done speaking on the “Control” verse he says, had its moment.
“I’m probably like as done as the rest of the world is with that record,” said the Young Money rapper. “I think it came and it went. And not to discredit it. It was a good moment, but at the end of the day it’s just like—it was one of those sort of like fleeting Twitter frenzies that like—it was cool for what it was.”