News: Drake Avoids Freestyles, "That's Just Not My Creative Process"
Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 10:30AM
Young Money's Drake recently discussed the controversy he found himself in last summer when he read a "freestyle" from his phone during a radio interview.
Recalling his publicized Funkmaster Flex radio show appearance, Drizzy weighed in on his focus toward written rhymes.
"I'll never forget how nervous I was," Drake explained in an interview. "It was such a rookie hip-hop moment -- and, obviously, the controversy of me pulling out my phone and rapping off my phone because I just wasn't prepared. A lot of people don't know the difference between freestyle or off the top and coming to a radio show knowing you got to go there, so you got verses cued up in your head, whether they be off your upcoming album or verses just that you have laying around. A lot of artists get that preparation time...I'm a writer, man. I appreciate the elements of hip-hop. I appreciate a guy like Common who goes city to city and just spits at the crowd for 10 minutes about everything he sees. I admire talent like that, because that's just not my creative process." (MTV)
His labelmate Nicki Minaj also addressed the negative feedback she received from performing her BET Hip-Hop Awards freestyle based off written rhymes.
"How many people on that cypher do you think spit off the top of their head?," Minaj asked in an interview earlier this month. ""I don't write off the top of my head. I can't come up with those punch lines and metaphors off the top of my head. Everybody besides KRS-One, who else can you name that spit off the top of their head -- The only thing that matters is that I wrote on a paper and memorized it." (iPower921)
Drake hyped Minaj's freestyle via Twitter following its live broadcast last month.
"EVERYBODY JUST GOT ATE!!!! @NICKIMINAJ is the best female rapper alive," he wrote. (Drake's Twitter)
Other artists have pointed out their rap skill weaknesses including Asher Roth.
"I'm not a battle emcee," Roth revealed. "I don't like using my powers to tell people they suck. I'd rather just rap about what's going on in my head. As far as content and substance, I don't think [I'm like Eminem], but you never really know...I'm just happy I've been given a platform. Being white spawns [comparisons] right off the bat, but I think time is on my side, and people will see that there's something really here." (New York Post)
Check out Nicki Minaj speaking on her BET Cypher below: