Childish Gambino recently sat with Peter Rosenberg for The Grammy Museum’s Spotlight series. Childish Gambino explained to the journalist that the stylistic similarities the two MCs share might have limited Gambino’s music career. However, being compared to Drake only pushed him to work harder. Here is what Gambino said:
I don’t want people to think that I hate Drake (…) I don’t hate Drake at all. I really like Drake, if not for no other reason than he makes me better. He really does. I had to fight that all the time. I knew when I was doing Childish Gambino from the beginning, like, ‘They’re not gonna let me do this. They already have a rapper, singer, actor guy who’s Black.’ That’s really what it was. ‘If he was White, it would be different.’ They’d be like, ‘They’re not the same.’ It’s very specific. I don’t dislike Drake. I think he’s a really good writer and rapper. Right now I definitely feel I’m better than him, only because I’m working harder than him right now. If he came in and was like, ‘Let’s rap.’ I’d be like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna kill you.’ [Laughs] But, right now. Maybe he’s got something up his sleeve.