Drake doesn't care much for his recently-won Grammy Awards.
The 30-year-old appeared on Saturday’s episode of Apple Music’s OVO Sound radio show for a one-hour interview that highlighted his struggles to be taken seriously as a black Canadian artist covering multiple genres — and new sonic ground, as a result — in the American market.
Drake said, “I ever feel like an outsider, it’s usually because I’m not American. That’s when I feel like people are against me. I guess maybe it has something to do with the fact that I have quite an eclectic makeup. I am mixed, I am Jewish… at the end of the day, when it comes to everything else, I’m black.”
Drake questioned the Recording Academy’s decision to classify his hit “Hotline Bling” under the rap umbrella at the 2017 awards show.
He explained, “I am referred to as a black artist, like last night at [the Grammys], I’m a black artist… I’m apparently a rapper, even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song. The only category they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black. I can’t figure out why.”
Though he did voice support for Chance the Rapper’s Best New Artist win, Drake wondered why his 2016 hit “One Dance,” his first No. 1 single in the U.S. as a lead artist, was missing from the crop of Record of the Year nominees.
Drake said, “There’s pop obligations they have, and I fluked out. I fluked out and got one of the biggest songs of the year that is a pop song and I’m proud of that. I love the rap world and I love the rap community… I write pop songs for a reason. I want to be like Michael Jackson. I want to be like artists that I looked up to. Those are pop songs, but I never get any credit for that.“
By the way, I’m speaking to you as a winner from last night. I won two awards last night, but I don’t even want them because it just feels weird for some reason. It just doesn’t feel right to me. I feel almost alienated, or [like they’re] trying to purposely alienate me by making me win rap awards or pacify me by handing me something and putting me in that category because it’s the only place where you can figure out where to put me.”
Listen to Drake’s full interview on OVO Sound. The conversation about the Grammys begins around the 21:30 mark.