News: Drake On Making Hit Records, "The Way Jay-Z & Lil Wayne Write Rap, I Write R&B"

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 1:05PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money's Drake has opened up about the approach he takes to writing hit R&B songs and compared his style to Jay-Z and Lil Wayne.

According to Drake, he does not feel the need to ink his thoughts on paper.

"With R&B, I know my sound. I know I make records to f*ck to," he explained in an interview. "The way Jay and Wayne write rap, I write R&B. I don't write lyrics down on paper. The other day, I was in the studio with Alicia Keys, and I wrote two songs just speaking to her. I wish I could write that way for rap. With my rap songs, there's so much of me I have to give that I don't know if I could ever just flow. The thing is, I'm a great rapper. There's two elements to rap: having the thoughts, and then being a great rapper. I can really rap the sh*t that I write. My tone, my inflection. When I listen to myself on records, I don't feel like I don't belong there. When I listen to 'Forever,' with three of my heroes, I fit right in." (Complex)

Drake recently spoke on collaborating with Alicia Keys for their "Unthinkable" track.

"Alicia Keys, they reached out and she said she really wanted me to do something on her project but she wanted me to do me, not do an Alicia Keys record," Drake explained in an interview. "And man, she gave me one of the best studio experiences in my life, like when I got there, instead of being like 'All right, here's the beat, get to work,' [she said] play me your favorite songs and let's battle. Let's battle. You play me your favorite record, we'll go one-for-one. You play me a record and I'll play you a record. And everybody was in the studio and -- it was turning into this heated party, we were all just loving music, you know? It almost like transitioned from great music to making a song, no one even noticed it but she started playing keys and I just started writing melodies and we came up with a song that I think could really be a big record for her song. I wrote most of the record and she produced it...It was probably one of the best moments of my career." (Rap-Up)

He also said he was heading to Hawaii to work with West.

"Me and Kanye, when we do come together, it's great," he said in an interview. "We have great chemistry. That definitely won't halt us from giving people what they deserve. In a couple of weeks I'm going to Hawaii so I can work with him and No I.D. some more...It's not much to say -- we got some great songs. Kanye just brought extra brushes to the painting session. He just brought some more colors so we can complete this masterpiece. I know he's eager to complete his record too, so he's back in that music mode which is great. He was in clothing mode for a I think he's back and ready to make this all happen." (MTV)

Last May, the rapper expressed the importance of making his music gain the attention of rappers and fans alike during a sold-out New York City concert.

"It's beyond a little crazy but the key is to keep my composure and just know that at the end of the day these are all human beings and they are all here for a positive reason just to see a good show and it's on me to give it to them. And if I don't, then I'm the worst artist of all time." (Peter Rosenberg's YouTube)

Check out a past Drake live performance below:

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