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

Did you read that quote in Vibe where they asked Wayne if you were his competition? And he said, “No, why would I be worried about him as competition when I'm his boss?”

I respected him so much for the way he dealt with that question because at the end of the day that's true. Like I'm his soldier; I'm his artist—fucking right, he has all the right in the world to make that comment. People were like, “Oh shit!” I heard on the radio in New York like, “Oh man, oh man!” I respected him so much man, because he's right—100 percent. Like, yeah, that’s my artist.

And I think, to elaborate on it more—I overtalk, Wayne undertalks. He just makes a direct statement to explain himself, which I love so much because I talk so much. But what he's really saying is, anything Drake does is good for me.

He put a feather in my cap, so why would I ever trip? Drake owes himself more than me. That's great. It's like, the better The Weeknd does, the better for me, because I'm associated directly with him and launching that career. So anything he does is great for me. I respected Wayne for dealing with that shit.

It only seems to be rappers that are asked stuff like that.

 

I always know how to speak, how to handle myself, how to deal with it. I'm good. I do this shit. Day in and day out. It may have been a short period of time but I'm good. Like, my armor is heavy man. So you mention that guy on the radio or whatever, all these fucking turkeys want to talk about me, I'm ready man.

 

Yeah, it's straight competitive. But that's rap, that's the nature of it. They always want it to be like that. It's wrestling, you know? It used to be anyway. It's toned down a bit. But it really is though man, we are all just characters man.

It's just all wrestlers. It just so happens to come with good music. But a lot of people are just addicted to the story line. “Oh my goodness, this shot was thrown here. This guy was out here. He's fucking her.” I don't care about that.

I live for this, though. I look down there and I'm like, “Damn what are they doing?” Look at these people, like, how did I pull this together? It's crazy, like, How the stars all aligned.

It just fucking bugs me out. That's what I live for you know? Every one getting along, no fights, a good team, man. And a good life. That's what I live for. But I do this shit though. I live for it.

I always know how to speak, how to handle myself, how to deal with it. I'm good. I do this shit. Day in and day out. It may have been a short period of time but I'm good. Like, my armor is heavy man. So you mention that guy on the radio or whatever, all these fucking turkeys want to talk about me, I'm ready man.

Is it still fun for you?

Yeah, it's so fun. I love it man. I love it. The game has just started man. Just starting to get on our feet. Build this team, build this brand, little things with the control. Even today with the shoot. Like I said, I'm not going to take that shit I want things done my way. I want you to know that I have to stare at those photos, not the editor.

Everything you do now has to be within the vision of your circle.

 

My character is just me. But I'm a human being that you observe in some Truman Show-esque existence, so I become a character in your life. I become who you think Drake is. You know Drake now, me and you have sat down how many times.

 

Yeah. It has to be. I mean it's our vision. That's all we have and that's what I realized, like, that when I stare at pictures that I don't like—opportunities that I’ve taken that I sort of get iffy about—I realize that at the end of the day the guy that set it up, the company, the photographer, they don’t have to take any ownership. It's just me. I'm the one that is forever captured in that moment that I don't like or that I'm not happy with. So I'm never going to let that happen, or try my best to never let it happen.

Like the same way they tell me, “Yo, let's do the college market.” No, man. What? That's my only chance, why would I give you some bullshit-ass show that they've seen already from a million other rappers that are doing the college circuit right now with a DJ and a light set up?

I want to give those kids a moment, even if I have to come out of pocket for that shit because that's what they will remember. People don't understand moments. They don't get it. You can't let this shit pass you by. Like the [2009] BET Awards where I let fucking Stephen Hill convince me to perform while I fucked my leg up. That was one of the worst decisions I've ever made in my life, I'd never do that again.

How would you describe the Drake character?

The word character is to them. My character is just me. But I'm a human being that you observe in some Truman Show-esque existence, so I become a character in your life. I become who you think Drake is. You know Drake now, me and you have sat down how many times.

But to other people, like you said, there are people who think I grew up in a strictly Jewish neighborhood and ate out of a silver spoon and my mother probably has Botox injections in her face and I'm some rich kid.

 

I've heard it all. When my mother was getting surgery I went on Twitter, something I rarely do, and I tweeted, I don't know why, “Give praise to my mom today” or something like that. And I got a response like “I hope your mom dies in surgery.”

 

That's Drake the character to some people. And then there's like, aw man, Drake's my favorite artist, he's swagged out. It's where we're at as a generation. That's the Drake character, because I'm whatever you need me to be. But really, I'm just being myself.

I don't spend enough time around all these people, or give them enough material so they have to go form their opinions and that gives the formation of the character. That's not to say anyone's playing the role. I'm not saying they are lying about anything. It's just no matter what people are forced to develop a character.

You keep saying I'm down for whatever. I don't give a fuck. It reminds me of Pac when he said, “I'm ready for whatever.” Do you fear turning into that guy?

I don't have anything like that on my mind right now. I think I balance that really well, quietly, and I think that's why I can say with all conviction. You can make your moves, take your shots.

I've heard it all. When my mother was getting surgery I went on Twitter, something I rarely do, and I tweeted, I don't know why, “Give praise to my mom today” or something like that. And I got a response like “I hope your mom dies in surgery.”

 

One of my favorite lines: Fuck a blog dog, one day we will meet. We have to, it's inevitable. And we will see. I'm not scared of anybody. If you want to find out at any given moment, please see me in person. I am always willing to settle any issue that's on the table.

 

I was like, “Wow, what a pussy, disconnected world we are a part of.” That's some real, no consequences, I'll say whatever I want type of shit. But that's why that shit does not register and does not penetrate. Because it's not real. It's not your real emotions. It's not what you'd do if you were right here.

And that goes for any of these guys. Any of these guys that talk shit. Like I said, I deal with that aspect of it quietly and I am always prepared for whatever. And I'm not scared of anyone in this game or this game itself. Ever.

That's not even on some macho, I'm ready to fight. If your issues were really real, you'd come at me. We'd know if they were really real. But I acknowledge you have a job to do, and I'm the butt of your jokes because you think it's easy. But we will see if it's easy.

One of my favorite lines: Fuck a blog dog, one day we will meet. We have to, it's inevitable. And we will see. I'm talking about myself. Not I'ma fall back and let everybody else... No. I'll be the first one to say something. But I just deal with that quietly—that's not cool to me. Like you say are you afraid of becoming that dude? No.

I try so hard not to be that dude that, that's just how I conduct myself. I don't want to be that guy. But I'm not scared of anybody. If you want to find out at any given moment, please see me in person. I am always willing to settle any issue that's on the table. And that's it.

Tags: drake, interviews
blog comments powered by Disqus