News: The Weeknd Gives His First-Ever Interview, Addresses Drake Beef Rumors

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 10:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

R&B singer The Weeknd has finally treated fans to his first-ever media interview with Complex magazine where he discusses his reluctance for press and what's really up with the Drake beef rumors.

Based on excerpts from the August/September cover feature, Weeknd reveals his motivation behind avoiding press is more about him not having anything worthy to offer.

"I felt like I had nothing to say. I still feel I have nothing to say. I'm the most boring person to talk to," Weeknd revealed. "No, labels always push. I mean, Trilogy was a rerelease, but they still said, "Maybe you should do some interviews." Honestly, I want to do interviews now because it's one thing that I haven't mastered. Even Prince did interviews. Michael did interviews. And I can tell in the interviews they're uncomfortable. Why are they doing this? Because they feel like they have to do it to be a complete artist. I felt like this was my time. And maybe I wouldn't have done it if I thought you were an a**hole. I probably would have been like, "F*ck this guy." (Complex)

The Canadian hitmaker also used the interview to clear up rumors about having issues with Young Money's Drake.

"No, that's not true. Definitely not true. But it makes sense. The thing about Drake is I told him what my decisions were going to be. And he was down with it from the beginning," Weeknd added when asked about the Drake rumors. "Everything. I told him from day one what my decision was going to be. I wasn't going that route. I was going to go my own route. And he supported me. I don't like to spoon-feed people. I don't like to be like, "You know what? I'm going to let the world know that we're cool. We're going to take a picture together. Everyone's cool." It's all about the mystery, and people like it. Shit's WWE, man. It's wrestling, you know what I mean?" (Complex)

Earlier this year, Drake appeared to take aim at Weeknd on his "5 AM in Toronto" record.

It seems Drizzy felt he should have been placed higher. Or rather, he just doesn't even care about the list at all. He's beyond rap lists, to hear him tell it. He says as much on his new cut, spitting: "I swear, f*ck them n*ggas this year/ I made Forbes list, n*gga / F*ck your list, everything's lookin' gorgeous." Elsewhere, he takes shots at the Weeknd, whom he's seemingly had a falling out with. "I show love, never get the same out of n*ggas/ Guess it's funny how money can make change out of n*ggas/ For real, some nobody started feeling himself/ A couple somebodies started killing themself/ A couple albums dropped those are still on the shelf/ I bet them sh*t would have popped if I was willing to help." (The Boom Box)

Past speculation suggested tensions rose when Weeknd went on to pursue his own solo ventures without Drake's involvement.

Well The Weeknd eventually went on to sign a solo deal with Universal Republic this past September and release Trilogy with no attachment to OVO in November. That's apparently when Drake and The Weeknd's relationship went sour. The Weeknd was suppose to sign to a Label started by Drake called "OvO". He started it under Warner and even courted the name among hip hop fans as OVO - XO or commonly OvOxo (Xo being The weeknds Brand). Obviously it was set up for The weeknd to be the Lead Artist of Drake's Imprint and Drake placed his brand behind it early by putting him on songs on Take Care and giving him great media looks with songs and collabs. (Late Night Creep)

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