Drake Says He Regrets Identifying Exes in Songs Because It Has an Impact on Their Lives: ‘But, I prefer to be truthful.’

“The lyrics are never written with malice,” he noted on Moody Talks with Lil Yachty.


Drake is reconsidering his decision to name-drop his ex-girlfriends in his music.


The Certified Lover Boy rapper talked out about mentioning his exes in his songs during an interview on FUTUREMOODS’ inaugural episode of Moody Talks with Lil Yachty last week.


“‘Maybe I have coulda done without s—ing on people for their age or upsetting somebody’s life,” Drake, 36, said of rapping about his ex-girlfriends.


“The words are never meant to be hurtful, but I had someone tell me once, ‘You know, it’s not necessarily what you’re saying about me, it’s the fact that you said it,'” the “Knife Talk” rapper continued.


He then went on to reminisce on a chat he had about it with an ex.


He stated that she told him: “‘You have no idea who my partner was at the time, or what my family knows or doesn’t know. And if you show any dissatisfaction with me and refer to me by name in a song, I’m suddenly left to pick up the pieces of my own life that I’ve attempted to construct for myself.'”


“So I’ve made every effort to quit doing that,” Drake continued. “But I also like to be honest in my songs, so there’s a push and pull.”


Drake has implied in his songs that he had dated superstars such as Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and SZA, whom he mentioned in his song “Mr. Right Now” in October 2021.


“Well, she claimed she wanted to f—- to some SZA, wait / ‘Cause I used to date SZA back in ’08,” he rapped.


Drake’s song “Firework” featured a lyric about a date he had with Rihanna in 2010.


“Who could have imagined Lucky Strike would keep you with me? / What occurred that night always seems to bother me.”