Drake Explains Removal From Aaliyah's Posthumous Project
"Twitter isn't real, by the way," Drake said. "There's no gauge on real life on twitter. That's a terrible medium to exist in. You can enjoy it. You can even indulge in it. Just don't live your life by that weird code on that Internet program.
"I know it's tough," Drake continued. "I know we all love it, but I'm just gonna give you an example. When it stopped being real to me was on my mom's birthday. I'll never forget. It was all these people being like, 'Happy birthday to your mom.' And then, I saw some guy be like, 'Yo, I hope your mom dies in a car crash tonight.' I was just like, 'Why am I reading this? What is going on? Who is this guy?' Obviously, I just went to his page because I was just like, 'Fuck him.' Obviously, he just had a Tyler, the Creator sweater on. He was just 13 years old, just jerking off to Grand Theft Auto and shit. I just encourage you to live your life and be great."
In 2012, it was reported that Drake would be an executive producer on an upcoming Aaliyah project. Timbaland and others criticized Drake's involvement with the project. "A lot of these rappers out here are awful," Timbaland said in July. "Chris Brown got a record [with Aaliyah]. It won't work. Drake could do a record with Aaliyah. It ain't going to work."
In his CRWN interview, Drake also commented on the now-scrapped Aaliyah project he was working on.
"Before things went downhill with it, I was actually working with my dream collaboration," Drake said of his work on an Aaliyah posthumous album. "Me and 40 were working on this Aaliyah album that kind of got blown out of proportion. There are records with me and Aaliyah that no one has ever heard and they're really good."
Drake addressed why he felt the plans for the album were scrapped.
"I think the press got out of hand," Drake said. "They maybe just had a different vision for it. I'm not sure. It was sounding great to me. Whatever they end up doing with it, I wish them the best of luck. There might be a record with me on there. I'm not sure."
During the CRWN interview, Drake was also asked about the music that he listened to while recording Nothing was the Same.
"I was more listening to music that nobody was listening to," Drake said. "One of the most important connections and relationships in my life is my manager and one of my best friends. His name is Oliver. He's always silently dictated a lot of the decisions that I've made. He does a lot. But, when it comes to the music, he provides me with the inspiration that I need to keep pushing forward...He's such an incredible mind and an incredible ear. He gives me music that no one else listens to. That music combined with the extremely hood shit that I listen to, like Lil Herb and all these [rappers]. I balance it all out. That just comes from me spending summers in Memphis, Tennessee and listening to old Yo Gotti albums and Three 6 [Mafia albums]...I was really more inspired by 40, Detail and Oliver's selections, more so than any other artists. I wouldn't say I was inspired by anybody else's music as opposed to just the people around me for this album."
More from this interview can be viewed below.