Drake says his relationship with frequent collaborator Nicki Minaj has lost steam. The Canadian rapper was making the rounds promoting his new album “Views,” which beat out Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” for the number one spot on the iTunes top albums chart.
The rapper-actor stopped by Beats 1 and said “I don’t really talk to Nicki. Another person I have a lot of love for.”
Reports speculate the two MCs have grown apart thanks to Drake’s beef with Minaj’s boyfriend Meek Mill.
Last summer, Meek called out Drake for not writing his own songs.
Stop comparing drake to me too…. He don't write his own raps! That's why he ain't tweet my album because we found out! ?
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
What followed was a lengthy line of other Black entertainers jumping into the fray. Billboard reports Rick Ross sided with Drake in a tweet he later deleted and OG Maco backed up Meek in his ghostwriting accusations. Lupe Fiasco wrote a lengthy Instagram post noting ghostwriting is usual in rap. Several diss songs from both Drake and Meek were released as well.
But Drake seems to have put all of that behind him. Talking about Minaj, he told the radio show she reacted in her usual manner.
“She dealt with me how I would expect her to – with class. I always have respect and love for her. Unfortunately, we haven’t spoke.”
Reviews for Drake’s new album have been favorable. The Guardian gives “Views” four out of five stars and says it is “impressively diverse” in it’s influences – early ’70s Isley Brothers, dancehall and ’90s R&B. USA Today notes Drake’s fourth studio effort is “elevated by mesmerizing production” and adds the rapper’s vocals are stronger than ever. GQ sums up the album as being “very, very good.”