Drake talks about being really self-aware on his new album, and how he now considers himself one of the big homies.
Drake recently revealed that his Jay Z collaboration on Nothing Was The Same, one of the very few featured tracks, was originally intended for Hov's album. The track in question, "Pound Cake," finds Jay stunting on Drake slightly with his opening line, "I had Benzes 'fore you had braces," but Drake doesn't let that one slide, responding in the latter half of the track, "Paris Morton Music 2." Drake's bars on the second half of the song are a rare look from the rapper who has a reputation for being humble and kind.
Although Drizzy may have been searching for acceptance on his come up, that is no longer the case, and the rapper is completely self-aware-- he knows his popularity is sky-rocketing, yet he remains unpretentious for the most part-- he wouldn't even share any sales expectations for the album. While talking to MTV News the rapper says, "The way I came into the game was under somebody's wing and when people look at me they still see this kid who's searching for his place, or searching for acceptance, even though that's not the case."
Drake is referencing his opening bars on "Paris Morton Music 2" when he spits, "Fuck all that "Happy to be here" shit that y'all want me on/I'm the big homie, they still be tryna lil bro me, dog/Like I should fall in line, like I should alert niggas."
Drake continues confidently, "That's the first time I've ever said that before. On this album I'm extremely aware of where I'm at and nobody can tell me differently. I'm the big homie too. As much as I do remain humble and stay cordial, don't think I don't know. I know what's going on out here, I'm 26 — I'm out here in the streets with the people."
"I think Jay still gets his first line off there," the Toronto native jokes about the verse during his interview. "He always takes his opportunity to remind me that he is the true big homie."
Drake went on to reveal that even if he sets out to make a club track with Hova, it somehow always turns into the strictly rapping type of track. "With that said, sometimes I'll set out and have something different in mind for Jay, like, 'I wanna be in the club with Hov on this album'...but we always just end up rapping," he explains. "I love rapping with that guy so much that it's tough to go in any different direction."