When Drake was coming up in 2010, he had lots of nice things to say about his fellow rappers. Speaking to Paper magazine that year, he cited OutKast's Andre 3000 as a major influence: "I have a shrine in my apartment dedicated to Andre. I took a door off a barn and had an artist take the lyrics from his verses [and put them] on this barndoor. As soon as you walk into my apartment, that's the first thing you see." Which is kind of surprising since Chase N. Cashe once told us he was the one who put Drake unto to OutKast and they hadn't even met until 2006.
Talking to Nardwuar, he championed Little Brother. "To say I'm a Little Brother fan would be an understatement. To say I'm a 9th Wonder fan would be an extreme understatement. And to say that Phonte is a 'good' rapper would be offensive to me—because he's probably one of the best rappers of all time in my opinion."
In a Ustream chat, he said, "I think people twist me and J. Cole's words around a lot and play us against each other, but that's one of my favorite rappers out right now."
Lastly, in a Complex cover story, he told us, "One of my favorite rappers in the world, Jeezy, is somebody who loves my music. For him to not only co-sign what I'm doing but also to want to make music with me is crazy."