News: Drake Explains Why Andre 3000 Turned Him Down, "In His Mind, I Have To Prove Myself"

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 5:55PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Young Money's Drake has revealed why an Andre 3000 collaboration did not make it onto his Thank Me Later debut.

Drake believes he must still prove himself as an artist before gaining Dre's respect.

"I really tried to do a song with Andre 3000, but I think it was meant for my second album," Drake said in an interview. "Dre is one of those people that needs you to do a little more. He's one of those people that believe in his craft so much that he needs you to do more than just be over hyped or just famous. In his mind, I have to prove myself and the truth is, I do. That's just being real. I have a lot of work to do, so I actually respect him for that. I think on the second album I'll probably only have two features. I have a few people in mind and Dre probably will be one of them." (VIBE)

Last fall, Drake said he wanted big collaborations with artists like Andre 3000 and Sade.

"I really, really wanna do a joint with Sade," he revealed in an interview. "I really wanna get Andre 3000 on the record. And I really wanna do a song with Kings of Leon. Yeah, slowly, but surely [I'm trying to get the guest features]. We'll see." (Rap-Up)

In April, Sade explained why she did not do a guest feature for the rapper.

"I don't think they have contacted me," she explained in an interview. "I've never collaborated because I've always avoided working outside my safety zone -- I can be exactly who I am and can fail or success within the moment. I feel safe working like I do. I wouldn't want to work in a situation where I am expected to deliver because I think I wouldn't deliver." (National Post)

Drake later gave his interpretation of Sade's response and said he hoped for a future duet.

"That's great. Her brand is always protected. That's why," Drake said of her comments in an interview. "Other people's visuals, other people's songs, stepping outside your zone can jeopardize your brand. It can bring you down as opposed to bring you up. I personally feel we could have done something amazing. But I don't think she really knows who I am, really, my genre of music. I put it out there. It was more of a hopeful thing. It was a very early stage where I was at when I said that I was hoping. One day. Maybe after this album comes out. I'm very influenced by her. She does something that I do. She doesn't do too much with harmonies, and she keeps her vocals very clean. Single vocals. Haunting melodies. I'm influenced by her a lot. One day." (MTV)

Check out a past Drake interview down below:

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