By Hayden Wright

Drake and Nicki Minaj belong to the same Young Money “family” and have released some of their greatest work together. Nevertheless, Drake characterized their relationship today as distant when he sat down with Zane Lowe of Beats 1. While he maintains “love” and “respect” for her, Drake described a personal falling out:

“I don’t really talk to Nicki,” the “Hotline Bling” rapper revealed. “[She’s] another person I have a lot of love for, a lot of respect to her and the past and what we built. I understand what love is and I understand a personal situation. She dealt with me how I would expect her to—with class.”

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“I would do the same, you know,” he continued. “There were times I was sitting there, waiting to see, you know, how deep is your love? I have respect for Nicki but unfortunately we haven’t spoken.”

He also said tension between Lil Wayne and Birdman has been “tough to watch” and explained his kinship with fellow Canadian the Weeknd.

“At the end of the day, that’s my guy,” said Drake. “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.”


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