Drake Covers VIBE


Crown Me

Drake’s still got thatVIBEAnd in their upcoming Winter issue, they dub his Nothing Was The Same as their album of the year. In the cover story, he dissects the album, discusses Kendrick Lamar and much more. Read it in its entirety here.

Rap nerds have speculated whether “The Language” is a subliminal response to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Is it appropriate to put those two records side by side? 
I don’t ever want to get into responses. It’s a commitment to go there. “The Language” is just energy. What it was inspired by, I’m sure that, and other things. It’s just me talking my shit. I never once felt the need to respond to that record. The sentiment he was putting forth is what he should have. Of course you wanna be the best. Where it became an issue is that I was rolling out an album while that verse was still bubbling, so my album rollout became about this thing. What am I supposed to say? Nah, we’ll be buddy-buddy? Mind you, I never once said he’s a bad guy [or] I don’t like him. I think he’s a fucking genius in his own right, but I also stood my ground as I should. And with that came another step, which then I have to realize I’m being baited and I’m not gonna fall. Jordan doesn’t have to play pickup to prove that he could play ball, no offense. But I’m not gonna give you the chance to shake me necessarily, ’cause I feel great. There’s no real issue. It’s tough because the people wanna see us tear each other down; I don’t wanna give them that. There’s no point. I have no ill feelings toward that guy. It’s just like, it’s there for me if I wanna fall for it. I’m just too smart for that. Hopefully it’s the last time I gotta talk about this, ’cause every time I open my mouth up about it, they take this piece and take this piece. And he’s hungry, so he’s going to do what he has to do like the BET [cypher]. But again, it’s not enough for me to go. We haven’t seen each other [since the BET cypher] but I’m sure we’ll see each other and it’ll be cool. And if it’s not, then I guess that’s how our story unfolds.


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  • Jburg

    King? Stop it!

  • Haann

    Drake season is in full effect, and will be for a while. Kendrick got next.

  • K.O.

    Hahaha that cover is HORRIBLE!

  • Betero

    Drake lookin like he can’t read

  • Hussle

    so the CONTROL verse wasnt enough, and then the BET CYPHER wasnt enough??? what will make you stand up as a man and reply to the guy Drake? Hip Hop is based on competition. So till then..how can he be crowned ‘King’ if he scared of it???

  • Aline
    • Strong Enough

      you niggas dickride kendric WAY too much


    Just say yo know Kendrick will LAY YOU OUT LYRICALLY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM1XWQRpq1U

  • NativeKing


  • Sean Power

    king of what ? the light skins vibe stop it

    we going act like jay-z flip hold rap world with him selling a million before his album drop

    we going act like kanye still doesn’t have world argue if album is crazy or great

    we going act like K.dot didn’t have bigger buzz with the control verse than drake album did


  • Dashing28

    I don’t know Vibe….I don’t know. The Drake album was good, but it definitely didn’t feel like this was Drake’s year. 2011 definitely, but 2013, I don’t think so. It was a flooded year to be sure, but Drake didn’t dominate the conversation. The most talked about verse on his own album wasn’t even his, (Jay, Pound Cake) the biggest song on his album isn’t even rap(Hold On We’re Going Home) and all that happened for him was that he’s had to deal with responding to the Kendrick verse since the summer. That and his ridiculous memes, and videos. Nothing was the Same didn’t really dominate like I thought it would. Pusha came out and we all moved on, then Em came out and we haven’t looked back…

    • haann

      From Drake starting the year of with winning a grammy, then dropping anthem of the year with started from the bottom. the having arguably verses of the year with 5 am in toronto and versace. Pulling off OVO fest and having kanye say drake is the reason hov and him started watch the throne, to out sellig hov first week and NWTS going platinum. then headlining a 41 city arena tour selling out Barclays and staples center. it was definatly drakes year

      • Dashing28

        Hmmm…The Grammy was for his album that came out back in… 2011. Ye saying Drake inspired WTT, back in…again 2011.

        Arguably the verse of the year? Really?? Nah, bro. That’s not accurate at all. “Control” hands down best verse of the year. A case could be made for “Rap God” as second best. “New Slaves” is probably third. Then MAYBE Drake..

        Outsold Jay? You mean after Jay had given away 1 million copies for free, he narrowly outsold Jay? Not sure that counts, but ok, I’ll give you that.

        He had 1 big rap record this year “Started from the Bottom” and “Worst Behaviour” is doing alright, I guess. I don’t see any other big singles coming after that.

        And yeah, he can sell stadiums and put together OVO fest off the strength, but I’m not sure that this was the year he “became king”

        He was on a tear in 2011, a force to be reckoned with, and now that guy is K. Dot. Drake is still more popular, sells more, is more commercial, but he’s not the most talked about , he’s not the most exciting, and he’s not the best rapper.

        • haann

          If you take all the names out of kendricks verse, the control verse is just good not amazing. the only reason that verse had so much hype is because of the names he said in the verse not cause of how lyrical it was. 5 am in Toronto is arguablly a better verse lyrcially. and versace is a much hotter verse. Drake made the migos millionaires off a feature. 2013 drake has the juice.Hovs deal with samsung doesnt count as real sales come on, and also went on breakfast club and announced it was drake season currently

          • haann

            kanye also *

          • Dashing28

            Agree to disagree on the verse. I think the names listing is what made it extra notable, but he bodied the verse regardless. Pac levels of aggression/passion/delivery, Eminem levels of flow, AND lyrics. He made Jay Electronica and Big Sean non-existent on that track. And the’r verses were good. It wasn’t just name dropping my dude…To me the Versace verse was just a catchy flow, but not much else. And yeah, he made Migos hot. Not arguing that he’s less popular than Kendrick or that he has fewer fans. He obviously is bigger.. But that doesn’t make him king. And this year to me was not a bigger year for him than 2011 was, for the reasons I mentioned.

        • tututhebadboy

          Im a fan of both but by way of the hip hop they bring, nothing more. Drake hit way harder in previous years than now. I think the problem is a few things…1 this guy is great.. But we as fans began to fall for that era of belief from these 08′ 09′ breakout guys who said their only goal was to change the game (Drake Wale, Cudi) guys like that said it was their point early on. The favoritism got crazy then some of this new styled shit (TDE) made some of the other prior new shit sound kinda old or kinda soft. As Kendrick broke thru Drake lost a bit of edge due to a lack of substance. Theres not a Drake song that feels that personal anymore if it comes to comparison. Versace? What said in the Versace verse makes it the Verse of the year? Its catchy and fun but There’s where that “He’s my favorite so Im rocking with what he says” card plays for everyone because there’s no way you’re an all hip hop nigga and you don’t feel the control verse over the Versace. Don’t even start on that Cypher. I refuse to feel obligated to force myself to help a nigga stay “king” or #1 in this because he was a breakout star. His exclusivity began to outdo his actual bars, sometimes.. don’t get me wrong he can spit.. but point blank who respected a king who went thru no wars??.. not meaning oh K dot Drake battle!.. nah I just mean U can’t be king and let “this guy” vastly approach the top who says everyones name on a sniper list and shows his ass at award shows.. just do what he does. What kinda king is that? Im down with both campaigns but I can’t let ppl brainwash each other like this guys REGULAR rap moves is making history. Meanwhile Kendrick is nominated for Album of the Year.. an award only 2 or 3 hip hop guys ever won. Real history…

  • Here we go again with this magazine interview shit that was prolly conducted 2 months ago. Drake and other rappers we don’t care what you have to say in interviews or what magazine publications label these artist as. All us regular niggaz or(people who puts $ in your pockets) want is words that intrigues us on a dope beat and if another nigga is doing that better than you or challenges you, then we wanna see a bloodbath.

  • Donn

    Most Top 10’s of the year
    2nd highest selling album (or 3rd?)
    One of the highest grossing tours
    1 album
    Grammy nomination

    Kendrick Lamar – Grammy Nomination & Control Verse??

  • fullyautomatic

    Best female rapper Aubrey aka Drake

  • brza

    congrats to Drake it looks like a lot of feelings are hurt over this lol it’s one magazine you guys

  • Nathaniel

    he ain’t too smart cuz he damn sure was all in his emotions during that angie martinez interview about it. some old head (jay) prolly had to pull him to the side and wise him up.

    and i really wasn’t feeling NWTS. album of the year? i guess, son. i guess. to each (publication) their own.

  • Nathaniel

    and it seems like 1. it’s been kanye’s year. and 2. yeezus, as time passes, is becoming more and more respected, artistically. people are getting it. it’s still a conversation piece and it came out six months ago. as short as the attention span is in the world today, that’s noteworthy. when its all said and done, i don’t think yeezus will be an album that isn’t wedged firmly in the pantheon. while NWTS… i didn’t even know niggas was still talking about that album at all. it hit, then went away.

    • Dashing28

      That’s exactly right. Yeezus is not for me, but it’s still in the conversation and an album that stays with you, for better or worse. NWTS. I feel like once Pusha came out, people were like “Oh yeah. Straight rap. Bars. I forgot about that.” Then Em dropped MMLP2 and Drake was a complete afterthought.

  • G1983

    Zoolander face ass nigga!

  • Hip – Hop

    Just a thought..
    ..This nigga Drake has a long way & about 20 more Grammys to even be in Ye’s league. Drake has yet to drop a classic album in my opinion. Drake is not hip-hop.
    .. As for K.Dot, GKMC is safe to say it’s a classic. & he’s still has major buzz off of that alone. Like his people at TDE said, “the kid made rap fun again”.

  • this cover is beautiful

  • Jxsper Noir

    Just because you like Kendrick doesn’t mean you dick ride and compared to Drake,Drake is a mediocre rapper with a strong fan base