Drake says his ambition is to surpass Kanye West

'He's always going to be the guy who's trying to outthink and out-do,' says rapper

Drake has said it is his ambition to surpass Kanye West.

Rolling Stone reports that the rapper was speaking to journalist Elliott Wilson at New York University’s Skirball Center last night (September 23) ahead of the release of his new album ‘Nothing Was The Same’, which is released today (September 24). During the conversation, he revealed that he saw West as the main competition and benchmark when it came to “consistency” and creating a great body of work.

“When it comes to competition, I’m more worried about consistency, about bodies of work,” he said. “I’m talking about hit records… that’s Kanye West. He’s always going to be the guy who’s trying to outthink and outdo. That’s my guy I aspire to surpass.”

Drake also spoke about Kendrick Lamar, who called him out in his controversial ‘Control’ verse. Previously, Drake had downplayed Lamar’s challenge but has now admitted he is intrigued to see what his competitor will do next. “I can’t wait to see what he does because now it’s time to show and prove,” he said. “Consistency. It’s been like one album. Consistency is make more than one album. I look forward to seeing what he does. He’s super fucking talented.”

‘Nothing Is The Same’ will feature 13 tracks and include guest appearances from Drake’s father Dennis Graham, Jay-Z, James Blake and Detail as well as Sampha. Earlier this month (September) he admitted he was “sleeping in his studio” to make sure the album, the follow-up to his 2011 LP ‘Take Care’, would be finished in time.

Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys covered ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’, a track from Drake’s upcoming album, in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge yesterday (September 13). Hear their version of the song here.