During a recent interview with Vibe, Drake spoke on several topics that did not run in the publication’s official cover story. One of those discussions centered around whether the Young Money performer would ever do a concept album. In his answer, Drake gave props to one of his peers but also states his brand of music is realistic, not conceptual.
It would be tough for me to go in conceptual storytelling. The last great concept album was [Kendrick Lamar’s] good kid m.A.A.d city—still obviously true to his life but very conceptual. Very specific stories that need to be told. I always say hats off to that album, that album’s incredible, what an undertaking. For me, I would never want to be restricted to that. But it depends on what you’d call a concept album. Would you call [Jay Z’s] American Gangster a concept album? If it is, then yeah, I guess. All he did was just make crack songs. I feel like I just made a concept album about a kid from Toronto that’s on. I’m not good at telling fictional stories, so I would never be able to do that. There are rappers that are good at telling stories about people that aren’t themselves. There are people that have vast imaginations to go and make up a story just to achieve a point. I draw off life experiences.
Drake and Kendrick have been entangled in a friendly war of words over the last several months that began when K. Dot challenged his contemporaries in his “Control” verse. Drake later responded in interviews and many speculated that his own verse on Future’s “Sh!t (Remix)” was a subliminal shot back at the Black Hippy member.