Drake Wants To Battle Rap... Eventually

He spoke at the KOTD conference yesterday.

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This weekend, Drake is partnering up with King of the Dot for the Blackout 5 rap battle event at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto this weekend. Ever since the OVO logo appeared in a trailer teasing the PPV in December, the battle rap community has been excited to learn more about Drake's involvement. During the press conference held last night, Drake and Organik talked about the joys of seeing battles from returning stars Dumbfoundead and Kid Twist... among other things.

“I would love to enter the scene,” Drake says. “It’s tough for me because it’s sort of a no–holds–barred, competitive interaction. The problem is that I have to go back to my life after that too. So I’ve always struggled with that as far as battle rap goes.”

Drake went on to say that there are certain obligations—like “corporate stuff going on”—that prevents him from being all for it. He does think he’ll do it one day, but added: “I don’t know if Mook deserves it.”

If you remember, Drake challenged Mook to a rap battle at a club last year, and the Harlem rapper hasn’t let him forget about it. He threatened to end his career during his freestyle at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, and later called him out again when he remixed Drake’s “6 God.”

The OVO general’s final words in the video above could mean rap fans wouldn’t have to wait much longer. “I definitely have a folder in my phone full of bars for somebody one day,” he says. “We’ll figure it out.” For now, he's promising the winners of this weekend’s main events an additional $10,000 prize, too.

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