R&B singer Olivia has reflected on the recent statement Drake released denying his involvement on their collaboration track, “Control.”
Olivia said he should have understood her mixtape hustle.
“I think that was corny, because it’s a mixtape,” she said in an interview. “[Drake] started off doing mixtapes. Are you serious? You really serious right now? I was like, ‘Wow.’ The producer sent it to me, everything was done. I’m thinking [Drake’s] part was signed off on…First of all, we heard you got paid for it. It was cleared. So I’m like, ‘Wow. That’s how we doing right now?’ But I’m good, ’cause you gave me more publicity. Thank you! Shout-out to Drizzy!” (MTV)
Her Under The Radar mixtape initially sparked controversy after Drake denied being actively involved.
“I support artist collaborations and sampling music that inspires you but I don’t support taking unauthorized recordings and marketing them as features,” Drake explained. “I’ve never worked with Olivia and I apologize to any fan who was duped into thinking that ‘Control’ was a collaboration of mine.” (All Hip Hop)
Olivia later released a statement to SOHH clearing up the confusion.
“In no way was I trying to deceive anyone,” Olivia promised. “The producers, Rony Arzoumanian, Raffi “DJ Special K” Kenadjan and DJ Finesse approached me about the record and asked if I could create a song around the beat and Drake verse they owned and created. Since I had not spoken to Drake, I was very clear that the record could not be used for my album and could only be used for mixtapes. After the record was done, it was released without my knowledge and we were quick to let people know it was a mixtape record. The producers put together the record and leaked it before they confirmed with Drake. The record “Control” was for my mixtape Under the Radar which comes out on the 25th on Oliviaworldwide.com. I was not pleased when the record leaked and made a statement regarding that on my Twitter. My team and I were not ready but it leaked and I did not leak it. It is what it is. It’s the internet age we live in, it’s a gift & a curse.” (Statement)
Aside from the underground release, Olivia is putting together her new album, Show the World.
The album ‘Show The World’ is coming soon; it’s completely done. We’re still working on a date. I got Missy Elliot on there, Ne-Yo, Brian Cox. The album is real sexy but I’m also talking about love, dabbling in a little heartbreak, things of that nature. I believe in approach. I might say things that are a little bit nasty but because I sing so sweet, you can’t really tell [laughs]. But I’m also not saying any outlandish things. I’m just speaking from my heart and saying how I feel. Majority of my music is a true story. It’s usually relatable to either myself, a best friend or someone really close to me, so it’s always gonna be personal.” (Hip Hop N More)
Check out Olivia speaking with SOHH down below: