News: Drake Talks "Forever" Verses, "Eminem Raps In A Way Where Nobody Might Have Heard"

Friday, Aug 28, 2009 7:31PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Drake broke his silence on his highly-anticipated "Forever" collaboration record with Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem this week and explained why each emcee held their own on the unexpected track.

While giving props to each emcee, Drizzy said his Young Money president had one of the best bars.

"Everybody does their thing on that song," Drake told DJ Drama last night over the Hot 107.9 airwaves in Atlanta. "My favorite line on the song, though, is when Wayne says, 'Life is such a roller coaster and then it drops/ but what should I scream for, this is my theme park.' That right there, word-play-wise, that's my favorite. But everybody does their thing. Kanye does Kanye. Eminem raps in a way where nobody might have heard him rap in a long time and says some things that are great for his fans to hear. I'm just proud to even be on the record. People are telling me they like my verse. I'm just happy I held my own." (MTV)

The song's producer, Boi-1da, also shared his reaction to the star-studded record.

"It was originally supposed to be a song that Drake was supposed to come out to, maybe we were trying to make it like a first single," he explained. "Somehow it got leaked out onto the Internet, a version with him, Wayne and some dude named [Nut da] Kid and everybody was upset about it or whatever, but we knew that it was just a huge record and we had to do it justice...Honestly I?m gonna have to be biased and say Drake [had the best verse.] Really it?s between Drake and Eminem. I?ve never seen anybody hold up on a song with Eminem, like usually Eminem blows out. Drake?s my dude, and he?s my favorite rapper, but knowing Eminem I thought he was gonna blow by everybody, but Drake came strong. It?s like a toss up. And like that?s never been done before, I never heard a toss up between Eminem, it?s always just Eminem cause he?s a monster." (XXLMag)

Drizzy led the song and reflected on his rise as an independent artist to critical acclaim.

"Last name Ever, first name Greatest," Drake raps. "Like a sprained ankle, boy, I ain't nothin' to play with/Started off local, but thanks to all the haters/I know G4 pilots on a first-name basis/In your city faded off the brown, Nino/She insists she got more class, we know/Swimming in the money, come and find me, Nemo/If I was at the club you know I balled, chemo/Dropped a mixtape, that sh*t sounded like an album/Who'd thought a country-wide tour be the outcome Labels want my name beside an X like Malcolm/Every got a deal, I did it without one Yeah, n*gga, I'm about my business/Killin' all these rappers, you would swear I had a hitlist Everyone who doubted me is askin' for forgiveness/If you ain't been a part of it, at least you got to witness/B*tches." ("Forever")

Young Money President Mack Maine previously confirmed the song's existence and expressed his response to the track's overall sound.

While Friday (August 28) has been the speculated date for its release, the record will indeed surface sometime this week. One thing that is set in stone, however, is the quality."The record was mastered this past weekend and honestly it sounds better than ever," said Young Money President Mack Maine.. (Karen Civil)

Check out a leaked version of "Forever" below:

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