Drake Will Rewrite Verses Up to 20 Times Over Multiple Weeks, Collaborator Preme Says

"I'll hear the verse and think, 'This is the greatest thing I've ever heard.' And he's, 'Nah, we've gotta make it tighter.'"
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You probably already know this, but Drake is not JAY-Z.

In an interview on MTV's not-yet-defunct TRL program, Drake collaborator Preme (formerly known as P Reign) was asked by show host Sway to list one thing that Drake does that isn't commonplace among most artists, to which he replied, "he writes."

"You know what I don't see anymore, with 90% of the game being mumble rappers, I don't see people write," Preme told Sway. "And I'm in the studio with everybody. I can't remember the last time I've seen someone write... [Drake] was the first person I ever seen sit down and rewrite one verse 20 times. Work on one verse for two weeks. And I'll hear the verse and think, 'This is the greatest thing I've ever heard.' And he's, 'Nah, we've gotta make it tighter.' I don't even understand how you took this to another level. If there's one thing I learned from that guy, it's to really push yourself. Never settle."

Preme described the writing methodology Drake employs as being cut from an older cloth and for the purpose of creating "the highest quality music possible," which, given Drake's continued dominance over the charts is hard to argue even if his music isn't your cup of tea.

As for JAY-Z, despite being one of the greatest lyricists to ever pick up a microphone, the contender for GOAT has been blamed by some for unintentionally and inadvertently stunting lyricism, the result of his notorious refusal to put pen to pad while crafting his songs. 

Clearly, there are two different cloths. 

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