Speaking to fader, Drake said he accepted to feature in Wizkid’s song – not because he wants to expand his fan base in Nigeria, but because of the respect he has for popular Nigerian pop star, Wizkid.He told: “I just did it because I was in the moment.”“I wasn’t thinking like, ‘Oh man, I gotta get my brand up in Nigeria.’ Not to say that’s not important. I’m super-honored to be on that song,” he added.
However, most fans still hold on to the belief that the rapper is out on a mission to be a global star, having already conquered North America.Drake’s interest in Skepta’s music, meanwhile, has given him the rare gift of a true companion—not an insignificant thing for the rapper who once proclaimed a “no new friends” policy as a way of dealing with newfound fame.He intimated to Fader: “I was a Skepta fan, but after meeting Skepta… we were brothers immediately.”Drake says, “You don’t get that too much in this thing that we’re in, honestly. You don’t (often) meet somebody and actually feel like, ‘OK, we might actually still talk when we’re 35, 40 years old.’”
Skepta is not the only artiste who is lucky to have the rapper develop a soft spot for.Drake has forged real-life relationships with artistes from scenes based abroad whose influence is felt in Toronto.Heis admiration for Jamaican dancehall star, Popcaan, has given rise to an alliance between OVO and Popcaan’s Unruly Gang that resulted in a 22-minute documentary about the OVO team visiting Unruly in Jamaica; later, the patois spoken in that film ended up serving as the source material for dialogue that appeared on If You’re Reading This.