Jay has been one of the most special people to me in this game,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget the nights me and Jay had in the studio, and the things he’d tell me and just the way he embraced me. It’s one of the best feelings in my life. Jay is one of those guys that you can say, ‘I look up to this guy,’ or ‘I like this guy’s music.’ I wanted to be Jay. That’s what they say about the best artists. To be a great rapper, men gotta wanna be you and women gotta wanna … you know. I wanna be myself, but for me to say, ‘If I couldn’t be me, I wanted to be that man’ — that’s huge. … To have that man in my life and to be able to interact with him and talk to him and, best of all, work with him — there’s not a real sentence I can say to describe it. Hopefully, Jay and Drake are as powerful as Drake and Wayne. I hope people see that union and it comes up more than once in the future.”
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