Drake may ‘got a lot of enemies,’ but Chris Brown is no longer one of them.
The rapper sat down with the hosts of Rap Radar at his home in Toronto, Canada where he took a moment to discuss the tension surrounding his recent musical collaborations with Chris Brown – and how this has affected his relationship with Rihanna.
The 33-year-old wanted to emphasize that he never wanted to ‘disrespect’ the Umbrella singer by forming a working relationship with Brown.
At home with Drake: Drake sat down with the hosts of Rap Radar at his home in Toronto, Canada where he took a moment to discuss the tension surrounding his recent musical collaborations with Chris Brown
No disrespect: The 33-year-old wanted to emphasize that he never wanted to ‘disrespect’ the Umbrella singer by forming a working relationship with Brown
The rapper got raw and real during his interview with Rap Radar as he revealed that early attempts to make music with Chris Brown were thwarted by ‘resentment on both sides.’
Drake explained that when given the chance to ‘step away’ from the drama and ‘break it down’ he started to feel silly about having beef with Brown over ‘girl stuff.’
The ‘girl stuff’ in question happened to be Drake and Brown’s drama surrounding mutual ex and fellow musician, Rihanna.
In 2009, Brown was arrested for abusing the Barbadian songstress and was sentenced to community service and required to attend domestic violence counseling, according to The Guardian.
Girl stuff: Rihanna and Drake have had an on-off romance for years; pictured together at the 2016 BRIT awards in London, England
The incident sent the music world into an uproar as pictures of Rihanna’s bloodied and bruised face surfaced the internet.
Add Drake’s on-off romance with Rihanna to the mix and you have a major – and valid – recipe for resentment.
The hosts of Rap Radar encouraged Drake to discuss why his feature on Chris Brown’s No Guidance proved to be the right musical route for collaboration post-Rihanna drama.
Moving on: ‘Well, I think we both just grew up to the point that that person that was kind of in the middle of us is like no longer a part of either of our lives currently, and I have the utmost love and respect for her’
‘Well, I think we both just grew up to the point that that person that was kind of in the middle of us is like no longer a part of either of our lives currently, and I have the utmost love and respect for her,’ replied the God’s Plan rapper.
He considers Rihanna ‘family’ and even had a ‘moment of hesitation’ prior to ‘linking up’ with Brown because he never wanted the Diamonds singer to ‘feel disrespected’ by the collab.
Drake went onto say that, ‘[Rihanna] knows that me and [Brown] have both been consumed by this issue and I think she’s a good person with a good heart and she’d rather see us put that issue to bed, rather than continue childish sh*t and end up in a serious situation.’
The incident: Brown was arrested and charged for his attack on then girlfriend Rihanna; pictured here at the 2013 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA
At the time, Drake was told by those close to Chris, that the Look At Me Now singer was in a ‘really good space to link up’ so he decided to ‘go ahead’ with the now Grammy nominated collaboration.
Since 2009, Brown has commented numerous times about that infamous night with Rihanna.
In 2017, the ‘No Guidance’ singer spoke in-depth about his relationship with Rihanna and claimed there were mutual abusive tendencies in his documentary Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life.
Shocking: In the 2017 documentary Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life, Brown explains that infamous night with Rihanna; pictured at the 2008 Z100 Jingle Ball Stand Up For Cancer benefit concert in New York
According to Brown, the incident stemmed from an issue regarding ‘texts he had received from another woman,’ as dictated by The Guardian.
‘[Rihanna’s] fighting me, and I’m like: I’m telling you the truth, I swear to God, stop it. She hits me a couple more times, and it doesn’t go from translation: sit down, I’m trying to tell you the truth. It goes to: now I’m finna be me, and be evil… She tried to kick me… and I really hit her, with a closed fist, I punched her,’ revealed Brown.
The singer claims he was “in shock” and that he looks back at the photos of Rihanna from the incident and can’t comprehend that he was responsible.
‘I hate it to this day,’ said Brown, ‘that’s going to haunt me forever.’
She is doing just fine, thank you: The singer is seen here in a recent Savage ad