Despite not even showing up to the Grammys, Drake still managed to go home with two trophies. In a slightly perplexing turn of events, “Hotline Bling” won the awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance, even though it features no, you know, rap. Drake himself seems just as perplexed as anyone about this, and during an hour-long interview with DJ Semtex on last night’s episode of OVO Sound Radio, he addressed his surprising Grammmys victory. “Even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song, the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category,” he says. “Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black, I can’t figure out why. I won two awards, but I don’t even want them, because it just feels weird for some reason.”
He also spoke about his infamous beef with Meek Mill, calling Meek’s decision to come for him “terrible” and “impulsive.” “My mind was going a thousand miles a minute, I didn’t know who was going to be on a diss track or what he had ready,” he continued. “I thought this was three months in the making. When I dropped ‘Charged Up,’ just to kinda see what the preparation level was, I realized — oh wow you’re not ready…I respect revenge when it’s warranted. It’s not something I’m proud of because it took just as much of an emotional toll on me — maybe not as much as it did on him — but you always gotta hear about it… and just seeing people get so riled up on negativity, it doesn’t feel great… It was just embarrassing to witness, you know? If he had revealed some huge thing, you know, you woulda heard a lot more people, peers of mine chime in.”
Listen to the full interview below.