"I wish we could sit down, just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that's not going to happen," he says. "I'm not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I'm not going to back down."
"Two rappers fighting over the woman. He's not even a rapper, but still, it's the last way you want your name out there," the erstwhile Degrassi: The Next Generation star says, alluding to the now-infamous run-in at W.i.P. club. "It distracts from the music. But he's made me the enemy, and that's the way it's gonna stay, I guess."
But Drake can't let himself dwell on his beef with Chris. "If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly," he says.
When the interviewer tries to discern if Drake is concerned for Rihanna's safety or what lengths Chris might supposedly go to in order to perpetuate the feud, he won't clarify. When asked more specifically to explain what he means, Drake only says, "Like, it gets really dark."
Not to worry, though: Drake has friends in Hollywood, too.
"I had lunch the other day with someone I extremely look up to," he says. "OK—I had lunch with Will Smith and listening to him talk, it made me think I don't know what love is. He said something profound. He said love is when you become one and you need that person. It's not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don't know if I've ever felt that way."
"I've made a lot of music about love being the only thing I'm missing," he continues. "I think this is the first album I've made saying, I'm OK. I'm enjoying it right now. Maybe this is my time to grind it out, make a run for it and add some memories with my boys."
Fair enough. And when he is ready to settle on down, there will be no shortage of ladies lining up to be Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham!