Is it a competition when you get on a record like “No Lie,” where people debate who had the better verse? Do you want to kill Drake if he’s on a song with you? That’s your mans obviously, and you made a great song together—but on that or a song like “Mercy,” do you want to make a statement about where you stand skill-wise?
Well, my goal is to have fun, but to be competitive at the same time. You never want to over-think anything. At the same time, with “Mercy”—I just remember the process with all these songs. So it’s different. When I do a verse, it’s done.
I remember me and Drake sent each other songs. I think what happened was I did a verse to “No Lie,” I sent it to him. Then he gave me a beat, I did the verse to that, and I sent it to him. So it was like, “What you gonna do?” I felt like I was winning and he’s like, “Oh shit.” He was working.