Cover Story Uncut: Drake Talks About Romance, Rap, And What's Really Real

Cover Story Uncut: Drake Talks About Romance, Rap, And What's Really Real

I can imagine someone telling you that. Everyone has those girls back home. I don’t talk to any girl from high school. Girls call me when they see a cover comes out or something, and I’m like, “Yo, come to the city. You’re just in Jersey, come to the city.” They’re like, “Nah nigga, I got a boyfriend. I was just calling to say congratulations.” When someone tells me that it shakes me, like, “How did I let that go?”

Yeah! And that’s the moment you realize, “Damn, this shit’s moving. We only get one of these lives. This shit’s progressing.” This girl told me the other day, “Well, I’m leaving for Istanbul today. To move with my new boyfriend.” I was like, “Damn, it’s that time already? It’s time to pick up and start over somewhere else already?”

 

I get so much love in a day. When I have to go home and sleep by myself I’m never really tripping anymore, because my desires are fed all day by all of these people on the street. It sets in when you go home.

 

Like, I’m 24 man. [Ed. Note—This interview took place before his 25th birthday on October 24.] You just start to realize how fast life is moving, and how other people don’t have this to look forward to every day. So they have to figure out something.

There’s way more people that are never going to experience this than there are that will experience this. So for those other individuals, they have to find other things that make them happy and occupy time. They have to have real jobs and real connections with one person, not a bunch of people. They don’t get to go around and see the world.

I guess I always feel like company is kept, because I shake so many hands in a day, I get so much love in a day. When I have to go home and sleep by myself I’m never really tripping anymore, because my desires are fed all day by all of these people on the street.

It sets in when you go home. It’s like, “Damn I don’t really have any of that here in this atmosphere,” but then I start saying, “Oh well, I’m young. I’m young.”

That’s scary too, because it’s like, I’m young but if I don’t start building something now that means what? I’m going to start building something after my rap career, when I’m in my thirties? That’s going to be weird too, or tough. So yeah, that’s just some girl shit. [Laughs.] That’s the basis of that little verse there.

I feel you. Most people wouldn’t think Drake thinks thoughts like that. “Marvin’s Room” for example, real dudes who I grew up with, like gangster niggas hit me on some, “Yo, you hear this Drake shit? That nigga’s spitting some real shit, but come on. That nigga ain’t really calling no bitch at midnight trying to fuck.” That’s the impression that people get. Like, some of what you’re saying is real, but you’re not really doing all that.

If I wasn’t doing it, it wouldn’t resonate with you like that. It’d be another song like, “Yeah, girl. I’m going to hit you and call you at midnight.” [Laughs.] It would be that, and you’d be like, “Man, I don’t feel this shit.”

 

Things will happen, and I will write them down as they’re happening. I mean the vivid detail of what’s going on. In 'Marvin’s Room' for example, where it’s like, 'We threw a party/Yeah, we threw a party...' that’s a real moment in my crib.

 

Things will happen, and I will write them down as they’re happening. I mean the vivid detail of what’s going on. In “Marvin’s Room” for example, where it’s like, “We threw a party/Yeah, we threw a party/Bitches came over/Yeah, we threw a party/I was just calling, because they were just leaving/Talk to me please, don’t have much to believe in,” that’s a real moment in my crib. As I’m doing this shit, I’m also writing down what I’m doing, so I can capture it later.

I just have a thing in my brain that when I’m about to do something that’s genuine or authentic, I think of it in song form. I’ll be like, “Yo, this is a human emotion that no one talks about.” It’s crazy doing songs like that.

I’m so excited, I have a song on my album called “Lord Knows.” It’s me and Rick Ross, and Just Blaze produced it. I rapped like 52 bars or some shit. There’s four bars in there, and it’s such a great feeling when I can sum up an emotion so quick.

Instead of me lashing out in interviews, or me lashing out at all these people that say, “Man, you make emotional music,” there’s some things that I’ve really realized just in my career and in the making of this album.

It doesn’t have much to do with girls or “Marvin’s Room,” but it’s just something that I wanted to say. I say, “They take the greats from the past and compare us/I wonder if they’d ever survive in this era/In a time where it’s recreation to pull all of your skeletons out the closet like Halloween decorations.”

I went to an art school, man. I didn’t know I was going to be some big rapper one day. I went to an art school and the coolest kid in my class was a kid named David Rendel. He was an up-and-coming director, and he had a film in the film festival.

 

I went to art school, man. We were all trying to be actors. So we had to shoot an anti-bullying campaign for drama class, and I did some class project where kids made fun of me and put gay porn in my locker and shit and it all falls out or whatever.

 

We were all trying to be actors. So we had to shoot an anti-bullying campaign for drama class, and I did some class project where kids made fun of me and put gay porn in my locker and shit and it all falls out or whatever. I did it, because I wanted to be down with Dave Rendel. He was the guy! If he had a role for me, what’s popping? I didn’t know Jay-Z or Lil Wayne. I was in class.

That was the biggest dude that you knew.

It was just exciting for me, I was in art school. I’ve never lied and said I wasn’t there, that’s where I was. It’s just so crazy man, for that shit to surface now, and the impact that it has on my character and how people perceive me and my music and shit.

I’m never embarrassed man. That’s the thing. I have no skeletons where I’m like, “Damn, I hope this never comes out.” That’s the good thing about me. There’s people out there with real skeletons. REAL skeletons.

You should hear the shit I have on tape that people have called me like, “Don’t put that in there.”

I can imagine. I don’t give a fuck man. I’ve done nothing in my life that I’m ashamed of. I had a reason for doing everything. I say this line on my album, “I’m hearing all of the jokes/I know that they’re trying to push me/I know that showing emotion don’t ever mean I’m a pussy/I know that I don’t make music for niggas that don’t get pussy/So those are the ones I count on to diss me or overlook me.”

Again, I’ve always wanted to say that somehow, and I just hit it on the head that time. I don’t ever have to respond to anybody ever again. That’s all I’ll say. You can say about “Marvin’s Room,” “Oh, that’s some wack shit, some gay shit, he’s soft,” whatever. Believe me, it’s not. Believe me it’s not, just based off the fact that I’ve seen what that record does to women.

 

I don’t make music for niggas who don’t get pussy. I don’t. If you have a frustrating time with women, and you just spend your life hating on everybody, I’m not for you. I’m not for you. You’re an overly aggressive, bitter-ass dude that only wants to listen to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

 

What else should I care about? It’s not a rap song. I’m not rapping for dudes who are... But, being under the microscope in that sense has really made me a stronger person. Like, I’m really not ashamed of who I am.

I’m so solid on who I am, who I’ve been from day one, who I am now, the music I make, the decisions I make. I used to be so tuned into what people had to say about me, their little comments and shit on the radio and online. I just don’t care anymore.

I’m so glad to be at that place where I know who I want to be appreciated by, and as long as I’m appreciated by those people, I don’t know man, I just don’t care. But I was talking about pinpointing emotions. On the flip side of it, on some girl shit, I could do it. But as well, it’s like, being able to get that thought out, man.

I don’t make music for niggas who don’t get pussy. I don’t. If you have a frustrating time with women, and you just spend your life hating on everybody, I’m not for you. I’m not for you. You’re an overly aggressive, bitter-ass dude that only wants to listen to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and some shit that was incredible while you were in your prime.

Like, that shit’s incredible to me too. I just appreciate it. I don’t hate on it. People are always like, “Man, this isn’t real rap,” but I don’t know man. It’s real to me, and a lot of other people apparently. That’s all I have to say about that. By the way, I love that album.

That’s just what I get all the time like, “Yo, I remember when I used to go to Wu-Tang shows and be scared. These Drake shows is pussy. It’s just bitches there.” I’m like, “What? That’s a great place to go! You don’t have to be scared. You can have a great time, get some liquor, see some very attractive women. I’m telling you it’s a great place to go. You need to get down with the movement, for real.”

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