Drake Says He Was An Ageist With Retirement At 35 Verse

Hip Hop News with Wanda Davidson


The “Certified Lover Boy” held an interview where he pondered a “graceful exit” from the rap game (don’t worry, it’s not happening yet).

The rapper and singer spoke about the prospects of his lyrics having an impact on people’s lives and perpetuating ageism over the years. Drake stated the following on his Lil’ Yachty interview.


“I hate hearing that s**t,” he said of his track “Weston Road Flows, particularly a line in which he said he’d retire at 35. Furthermore, now he views the proclamation as pretty ageist. “I heard it the other night. I think that and some times when I’ve said girls’ names in songs, maybe those are the two things that I look back on and I’m like, ‘Maybe I coulda done without, like, s***ting on people for age or disrupting somebody’s life.’ The lyrics are never with ill intent, but I had somebody tell me one time, ‘You know, it’s not necessarily what you’re saying about me, it’s the fact that you said it.’”

Speaking to Nicki Minaj on her Queen Radio show in August 2022, he said that releasing music is still the most exciting thing in the world. “I’m not at that point where I even consider that being an option,” he shared to Onika. “One of the best feelings I have in my life is completing a song or project. And by the way, those things are painful as well. A lot of nerves, a lot of confidence wavering. But I feel like I’m reaching a new level of fun.”

Drake’s conversation with an ex-girlfriend had him rethinking on how lyrics about his exes may leave a mark on people’s minds. “Just in the sense like, ‘You don’t know what it does to me. You don’t know who my boyfriend is at the time or you don’t know what my family knows or doesn’t know. And if you express any form of discontent for me and call me by name in a song, then all of a sudden I’m left to pick up the pieces of my own life that I’ve tried to build up for myself.’ So I’ve tried my best to stop doing that. But I like to be honest in music too, so that one’s a push and pull.”

Check out the interview above.



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