Drake explains why he cut Kanye and Jay Z from new album ‘Views’

Drake also reveals that he has been working on a mixtape with West

Drake has discussed his reasons for dropping Kanye West and Jay-Z from the final cut of his new album ‘Views’.

Kanye West and Jay Z initially featured on the song ‘Pop Style’ when it was released earlier this month (April). However, when ‘Views’ was premiered last night (April 28) and released officially today (April 29), it no longer featured a guest verse from the pair.

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Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Drake explained: “I just ended up going with my version of the song.” The Canadian rapper replaced West and Jay Z’s verse with his own in the final version of the track.

Asked about Jay Z’s initial feature, which included just two lines, Drake told Lowe: “Jay didn’t really do a verse. I was just trying to get [Kanye] 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,” he added. “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.”

Drake went on to praise West, describing him as “one of my favourite people… in the world”. He added: “I love [Kanye]. 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.”

The Canadian rapper also revealed that he had been planning to release a mixtape with West, which might eventually still come out in the form of an entire album.

“We’ll just sit and collaborate. We have a few things that we’ve worked on. It’s all about finding a place for it,” he said. “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’.”


‘Views’ (formerly known as ‘Views From The Six’) was premiered last night (April 28) on Drake’s OVOSOUND Radio show on Beats 1. It is now available to download on iTunes and is streaming exclusively via Apple Music. Listen below.

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