Lil Dicky managed to score an exclusive audience for his "Freaky Friday" premiere.
Lil Dicky may have entered the game as a somewhat comedic figure, but his undeniable mic skills have earned him respect from The Game, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Sway, and more. The Dicky brand has grown so vast that his recent single "Freaky Friday" managed to pull appearances from Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled, and Kendall Jenner; for some context, it currently sits at 250,000,000 views, and has garnered acclaim from a variety of sources. Despite boasting a collection of generally successful videos, "Freaky Friday" feels like Dicky on crack, with a grandiosity previously unseen in the unassuming Philadelphia rapper.
While we have yet to receive word on Dicky's upcoming album, he recently stopped by Beats 1 to chat with Travis Mills about the video. As it happens, Dicky had a particularly entertaining anecdote about the process. Fans already know about his affinity for both Drake and Kanye West (he's gone on record deeming Drizzy his favorite rapper), so you can only imagine the magnitude this must have had on the wide-eyed artist.
"I was lucky enough to be in the studio with Drake and Kanye before I put ‘Freaky Friday' out. I showed them the video before I put it out. I went there to meet up with Kanye and I didn't even know Drake was coming. I was with Kanye, and it was like, already the best afternoon of my life," reveals Dicky. "And then just out of nowhere — I remember I was texting Gata, and I was saying like, ‘Man, I'm having like the best day' — and then Drake walked in, and I was just like, 'I got to go, bye.’ Then, all of a sudden my energy shifted towards how can I seem as cool to Drake as possible, without looking like I'm trying hard to be cool at all."
He continues, breaking down their reactions to witnessing "Freaky Friday" first hand. "luckily, I was armed with "Freaky Friday" before it came out, so I was like, ‘Yo, do you want to see this new video?' I'd already showed Kanye, and he loved it and was like, ‘Yeah, let's see it again,’ and I showed Drake, and Drake was like, ‘Dude, that's one of the best videos of all time.'"
While Dicky admitted to playing it cool, he did however allow himself one moment to play the fanboy. "I told them, I said, ‘Guys, while I have you both here, you guys are by far, my favorite two musical artists ever and whoever is third, there's a big drop off to me. I do love Jay-Z, too, and he's so important, but in terms of shaping my life, you guys shaped my musical life.’ Drake was like, ‘Man, thank you so much.’ He seemed moved by such a thing. Kanye was like, ‘Yeah.’"