Drake articulates what we were all thinking.
The private message — which Macklemore made very public by posting it on Instagram — didn’t strike everyone as generous. And in the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday), Drake makes it very clear he thought the message was unnecessary. To put it bluntly, he thought “that sh*t was wack as f*ck.”
“I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music,’” he tells us. “It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?”
Drake notes that Grammy wins don’t always go to the artist who made the best album. “This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your sh*t.”
And in the end, if Macklemore was going to start doling out apologies, he should have reached out to more nominees, Drake says. “To name just Kendrick? That sh*t made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!”