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Posted | by CHARLIE CLIPS

Drake’s interviews have become rarer than his music, and that transition wasn’t coincidental. After the infamous and awkward Rolling Stone incident of 2014, it isn’t often that the chart-dominating Canadian sits down and dishes on anything. His Instagram has become the source of career news. However, he’s known to throw bones to close confidantes, and University of Kentucky basketball coach god John Calipari is one of them. Calipari also has a podcast. You can see where this is going.

In a 45-minute interview on Calipari’s Cal Cast podcast, Drake dropped a few more details about his upcoming “playlist” project, More Life–which is sounding like more of a playlist than a project, and not a fusion of the two–but more interestingly, gave some insight into his mindset as an artist in 2017. Though his comments might have been articulated less specifically on past tracks, Drake gets down to the nitty-gritty on what drives him, and his view on the competition.

At the end of the day, It’s all about the time you’re willing to put in.  And, my biggest fear is always when I’m not doing it, there’s someone else that’s doing it.  That’s my biggest fear in life.  When I’m not doing it.  When I take a night off for my personal life. When I choose to decompress or relax…not in the back of my mind, in the front of my mind, my biggest fear is if somebody’s not relaxing right now and they’re going to stumble upon something. When you get in the studio you have these moments that ultimately propel your career, you have to ask yourself how many of those did I miss by not going in on this given night or that given night. Because creating music is sometimes all about timing.  It’s all about me texting this producer at this certain time… It is truly stars aligning, music is. And It’s scary to think of all the (opportunities) you miss because you didn’t sit in there. You know? So I try to not let myself have that fear.

That excerpt certainly explains why Drake’s rate of releasing projects has experienced a considerable uptick in recent years. During an imperative stretch of his career from 2011 to 2015, none of Drake’s projects were released in back-to-back years. In 2015 however, he unleashed two retail mixtapes–If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What A Time to Be Alive with Future–then followed with his fourth studio album, Views, just 7 months after dropping WATTBA. Six months after Views was released, Drake announced More Life, whose release date, originally thought to be in December of last year, is currently TBA.

You can listen to Calipari and Drake’s full conversation on Cal Cast below.

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