In an interview on Power 106's Nick Cannon Mornings radio show Drake's dad, Dennis Graham, said the "In My Feelings" rapper exaggerated their estrangement in his lyrics.
"I had a conversation with Drake about that," Graham began. "I have always been with Drake. I talk to him if not every day, every other day and we really got into a deep conversation about that, 'I said Drake, why are you saying all this different stuff about me, man like this is not cool.' He goes, 'Dad it sells records,' and I said, 'OK well cool.'"
Drake (real name Aubrey Graham) wrote that he's "so hurt" on his Instagram Story Tuesday.
"My father will say anything to anyone that's willing to listen to him," he shared. "Every bar I ever spit was the truth and the truth is hard for some people to accept."
Drake has called out his dad for being an absentee father in his music. (His parents divorced when he was 5 years old.) On the 2011 track "Look What You've Done," the Canadian musician claimed his dad didn't visit him in Toronto growing up.
"And my father living in Memphis now, he can't come this way / Over some minor charges and child support / That just wasn't paid, damn / Boo-hoo, sad story — Black American dad story," he rapped.
On an episode of HBO's The Shop last year, Drake explained how his parents relationship affected how he plans to co-parent with the mother of his son. Drake shares Adonis with former adult-film star, Sophie Brussaux.
"I am a single father learning to communicate with a woman who, we’ve had our moments," Drake told LeBron James. "I do want to be able to explain to my son what happened. But I don’t have any desire for him to not love his mother. I don’t ever want the world to be angry at his mother. We have found ourselves in a situation and we are both equally responsible. Now, I’m just really excited to be a great father.
“No matter what happens, I have unconditional love for the mother of my child because I want him to love his mother and I have to project that energy,” Drake said. "I didn’t come from that [peace]. I came from my mother being like, ‘Your dad is this.’ My dad would never speak ill of my mother — ever, ever, ever. My mother is the nicest, kindest, sweetest woman, but she’s a woman scorned and a woman who is exhausted.
"I was really hard on my parents for giving me sort of a childhood that I had to wrap my mind around as I grew," he added. "Multiple times I sort of suggested that they could have done a better job at co-parenting, sticking together, not being so divided."
Drake and his father appeared to reconnect in recent years. Graham even accompanied his son on stage at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. However, he has given multiple, personal interviews about the rapper in the last year. Graham was an aspiring musician.
"I always thought that I would be that big star, and I never made it," Graham told Billboard in 2017. “But Drake did it and I felt like, by him doing it, I had made it."
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