Speaking with Billboard‘s Kevan Kenney on the black carpet at our Power 100 event on Thursday night, Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe weighed in on Drake’s recent dig at Apple Music executive Larry Jackson on the “Family Feud” remix.
Calling Drake “the Michael Jackson of streaming,” Lowe had nothing but praise for the musician. “I think that Drake is an artist and he should be entitled to say whatever he wants to say.”
On the track, Drake references his relationship with Apple Music and Jackson, rapping, “Somebody get Larry Jackson on the phone/ I need some ownership if we pressin’ go/ Cause business is boomin’ on behalf of me/ I need a bite outta the Apple like Adam and Eve.”
Responding to the name-check, Lowe says, “Look, I grew up listening to rap music and so did Larry; we’re huge fans of rap. It’s a place where transparency is a big part of the game and you tell stories and you tell honest tales. … There’s worse things in life than being name-checked by Drake in a song, dude. I was literally texting Larry like, ‘I can’t believe he name-checked you, bro! That’s incredible!’”
Lowe adds that he loves the fact that Drake is transparent and that he puts himself on the line while saying what’s going on in his life, explaining that’s what makes his music “so compelling.”
When asked what Drake’s current relationship with Apple Music is, Lowe responded, “That’s a great question,” adding that he does not have an answer at the moment.
You can watch the video above to hear Zane Lowe discuss Drake’s relationship with Apple Music.