Drake’s new album ‘Views’ has finally arrived and to mark the release, the Toronto rapper took time out from celebrating to talk to Zane Lowe in an hour long interview.

Over the course of the lengthy chat, Drizzy touched on everything from the influences on his new record (he had been listening to Alabama Shakes when recording it, surprisingly) to being from with Kanye West. He also addresses his relationship (or lack thereof) with Nicki Minaj after his beef with Meek Mill and wanting to team up with London grime star Skepta.

Read the best bits from the interview below.

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Drake on why he changed the album’s title:

“I think the announcement was more than just the album title it was a shift in the city [Toronto] – we saw an opening there. The name took on a life of its own.”

On how Toronto influenced ‘Views’:

“We really love our summers but we really make our winters work. I thought it was very important to do the album here.”

On his own music:

“This album is probably my highest level of vocal performance… Do I want to listen to myself or other songs that I’m into? If I didn’t wanna listen to myself, that’s a problem there.”

On his musical inspirations:

“I was listening to Stevie Wonder ‘All I Do’ and Alabama Shakes ‘Give Me All Your Love’.”

On criticism:

“I don’t want you to get it right away … Great music takes a little work. It takes elevating your listening level.”

On cutting Kanye and Jay Z from ‘Pop Style’:

“I just ended up going with my version of the song… Jay didn’t really do a verse. I was just trying to get ‘Ye on it first. Jay kinda just did my first few lines for me and that’s how we flexed it … It didn’t play out how I wanted it to go. Sometimes [Jay Z and I] just fall on opposite sides of the spectrum. It’s always mutual respect but sometimes it has to be from afar.”

On being friends with Kanye:

He’s one of my favourite people period, in the world. I love Ye. He’s a really good guy. I grew up with him as a role model. Always given him credit that’s why we’re here right now. It’s amazing to be his friend…

On working with Kanye on a mixtape:

“We’ll just sit and collaborate. We have a few things… We have a few things that we’ve worked on. It’s all about finding a place for it… We can link each other and discuss anything. Feeling a way on this or just leisure talk, we have a great relationship. I hope we get more music out. We were supposed to do a mixtape together an album together… You never know, he’ll call me tonight and say, ‘I’m putting these two songs out tonight.”

On having a bigger pool than Kanye:

“[Kanye] lives up the block [in LA]… I take pride in being Kanye West’s neighbour. He has a phenomenal pool. His pool’s gotta be like half a football field … Mine was designed to out-do Hugh Hefner’s pool. I’m willing to sell it for $100 million.”

On teaming up with Rihanna again:

“It wouldn’t be a record without Rihanna, would it? We do well as a team… “Too Good” came to fruition after we did “Work.” [I was like] I think I have one that would follow this one up really nicely. It was like a flawless victory when she sent it back. Every nuance, every cadence was perfect… That’s what makes the record. We’re not forcing some story on people. A lot of the music and energy we have is genuine. We have a genuine energy.”

On Nicki Minaj and the Meek Mill beef:

“I don’t really talk to Nicki. Another person I have a lot of love for… She dealt with me how I would expect her to – with class. I always have respect and love for her. Unfortunately, we haven’t spoke.”

On The Weeknd’s success:

“At the end of the day, that’s my guy. we’re from the same city. we grew up with the same goal trying to do this. A lot of the time we spent trying to do this together. We spent real time. We put in real work together. I’m proud of his success. We both had our moments where we both felt a way and went a little left. I have nothing but love for everyone over there.”

On Taylor Swift:

“She’s just such a sweetheart. She’s so angelic to me.”

On Skepta:

“We just got to link up and [decide] ‘What does a Drake and Skepta song sound like?’ I’m excited to hear his project… ‘Man’ is crazy.”

On Lil Wayne’s legal troubles with Birdman:

“I’m a person that’s very grateful for all the names that you mention, specifically Birdman and Wayne. I have a mutual respect for both guys. I pray that it works out … That’s business, man. It’s a situation I pray gets resolved. It’s a legacy.”

On keeping it “real”:

“I’m a very honest person. I can’t write fiction.”

On spreading love around the world:

“I obviously spend a lot of time in my own world but when I do take a broader look at the scope of things, whether it’s issues with the world, I have a massive amount of prayers for everybody’s well-being. I don’t directly, literally address that in my music. I try to make music that transcends gender, nationality to try and unify people”.

Success of ‘Hotline Bling’:

“None of it was planned [but]… it was a magical moment… I expected the reaction. I was praying for it!”

Having new music coming up:

“I got other songs in the stash. By the time I get to the tour, I’m going to have a whole arsenal of songs that don’t even have to do with ‘Views'”

On returning to acting:

“I got something nice coming up in May. I’d love to go back to acting. I feel like I spent a lot of my life honing that craft. [Being in movies] is the goal. It’s all about the right decision… It’s kind of out there that I’m working on Top Boy.”

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