Claims of Drake’s ghostwriting caused quite the debate in hip-hop earlier this year, and the Toronto emcee finally broke his silence on the situation during an interview with The Fader. 

Drake answered questions about the Quentin Miller reference tracks head on, telling the magazine, “I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running. I don’t mind that. And those recordings—they are what they are. And you can use your own judgment on what they mean to you.”

When asked about the context of the reference tracks, Drake explained, “There’s not necessarily a context to them. And I don’t know if I’m really here to even clarify it for you.” He also admitted that he’s fine with being the person to spark the conversation about the writing process for rappers, “If I have to be the vessel for this conversation to be brought up—you know, God forbid we start talking about writing and references and who takes what from where—I’m OK with it being me.”

It was also natural that Meek Mill came into the conversation, seeing as how the Philly rapper is the person who first accused Drake of ghostwriting. When asked about their beef, the “Trophies” rapper replied,”This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music?” he said. “Nobody told you that this was a bad idea, to engage in this and not have something?…It was weighing heavy on me. I didn’t get it. I didn’t get how there was no strategy on the opposite end. I just didn’t understand. I didn’t understand it because that’s just not how we operate.”

After releasing his diss track “Back To Back,” Drake’s beef with Meek was at its peak, and Drizzy shared the story behind the creation of the song, “I was like, ‘I’m gonna probably just finish this.’ And I know how I have to finish it. This has to literally become the song that people want to hear every single night, and it’s gonna be tough to exist during this summer when everybody wants to hear [this] song that isn’t necessarily in your favor.”