Drake speaks on his 2012 verse exchange with Common, revealing that he believes he came out on top.
Last year, Drake and Common had a highly publicized beef on record. Starting with Common's "Sweet," garnering a response from Drizzy on "Stay Schemin'," and ending with Common addressing Drake by name on his own remix of the track.
The two later made peace at the NBA all-star game, but nothing has been said about the beef since. In an interview with XXL, Drake has finally broken his silence on the feud, applauding Common's "Canada Dry" line, but arguing that he came out on top overall.
Read some excerpts from the interview below.
You did strike back at Common after he dissed you last year.
Obviously, the whole tension with that whole camp has been brewing for a long time, and that was the first time someone had called me out personally. I reacted in a very poised way. First of all, I made sure it would run in the club because that's more painful than anything. As opposed to just being on a blog, I wanted to be on a record that you would have to stand around and hear every night for a few months. That was my whole strategy going into that. Instead of sounding hurt and malicious, I wanted to sound fun, get my shit off. Like I said, if it happens again, not that I want it, not that I welcome it, but I'm ready. I really enjoy writing bars, man. I'm not nervous about anybody saying anything to me.
It seemed like you won, but his last line was good.
The Canada Dry line? That was epic. I liked it. It wasn't a good line necessarily, but it was funny.
Did he step over the line when he scorned you for being biracial?
For you to delve into my mom and my dad's a bitch and all that, you're just reaching for impact moments but the bars aren't really good so it didn't hit me. I never sat back and analyzed that either. I only heard it once, and thought, "I think I came away with the W on that one."