Dan: Wayne was notably absent on this album and NWTS is the first Drake project without Weezy since Room For Improvement. Is Wayne’s absence more of a reflection of Drake outgrowing the Young Money brand or Wayne and Drake drifting apart?
Drew: I think this is a combination of those two factors. Wayne has admitted, in not so many words, that he’s lost his way artistically, and might be struggling to find footing with such a major artist from his camp essentially capturing the entire popular imagination in the way he once did. The one thing I think Wayne has to his advantage is that he seems to want to mature, but hasn’t completely reformed his life enough to test that in his music or his process. As you said, Drake is intelligent, and he know which relationships benefit him (see: all his Jay Z references lately) and which don’t (see: anything Kendrick). I trust he will make the move he needs to if YMCMB no longer provides him with the support he needs to grow from this point forward.