On top of performing “Sober” for the first time, Childish Gambino also sat down with Peter Rosenberg for an intimate chat during The Grammy Museum’s Spotlight series last night in Los Angeles (9/15). Talk of his upcoming Gangsta Grillz tape came up, but the most interesting part came when Drake’s name got mentioned.
Stating that the similarities they share in music could’ve hindered his career, but he’s learned to work harder because of Drake, and now feels he’s the better talent.
“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.” [hhdx]
It’s not just Drake though, Gambino’s confident he can rap circles around anyone stepping up. This was shown during a recent onstage freestyle in Sydney where the actor/rapper called out Kendrick, ScHoolboy and “every rapper living.”