Drake gets his grown man smizing on as the leading eye candy of GQ Magazine’s July 2013 cover, shot by famed photographer Mario Sorrenti. Upon its sheets, Drake discusses the future of his career, ban on sex during album production and feud with Chris Brown in a sit down conversation with Micheal Paterniti on “How To Drake It In America.”
No “boom boom room” action while creating his album:
You know the way fighters don’t f-ck before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party.
Real love pearls of wisdom bestowed upon him by Will Smith:
“I had lunch the other day with someone I extremely look up to. Okay—I had lunch with Will Smith, and listening to him talk, it made me think I don’t know what love is. He said something profound. He said love is when you become one and you need that person. It’s not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way. I’ve held women in very high regard almost to the point where I felt like I needed them for a very long time, but I don’t know if I comprehend it yet, and I’m okay with that. I’ve made a lot of music about love being the only thing I’m missing. I think this is the first album I’ve made saying, I’m okay. I’m enjoying it right now. Maybe this is my time to grind it out, make a run for it and add some memories with my boys.”
The response he received from “Started From The Bottom”:
I think a lot of people wish their favorite rapper wrote it—as if a song like that should be gangster—but I was the one who wrote it, and everyone has their bottom.
As for my whole story, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve told bits and pieces of it—and I’ll tell more. Maybe because I had friends who grew up in the hood, I could have acted like I had, too, and perpetrated a different lifestyle, and it would be eating away at me because it wouldn’t be the truth. I’m actually here in front of you living the truth. I wake up in the morning and my heart is light, man. It’s not heavy. I don’t have skeletons in the closet on their way out. This is my real age, my real name, my real past, and I’m good with that.
On the driving force behind his career, and reigniting the passion from the beginning of his career:
“I feel this great responsibility to see how far can we take it, how out of reach can I set that bar for whoever comes after. While I’m here, I’m gonna keep pushing that bar higher and higher up and make you really work for it.”
“You constantly ask yourself: Will I ever be able to excite people the way I did when the Internet was going crazy, back when you first felt like you had a piece of Drake that no one else had, and you wanted to share it with your friends? Is there an album or song we can make now that’s good enough to get people that excited again? I ain’t gonna lie: I want to be the one you listen to this summer.”
On his “battle” with Chris Brown:
“I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down, just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down. …It’s embarrassing, the amount of media coverage. Two rappers fighting over the woman. He’s not even a rapper, but still, it’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess. …If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly.”
Well then. LOL.
Read the rest of the interview here.
On the new music front, Mr. Graham released FOUR new songs on his October’s Very Own website Saturday from his long-awaited third studio album, Nothing Was The Same, slated for shelf release September 17.
The four released musicalities include R&B electronica number, “The Motions” featuring Sampha,
A panty dropper/ “Marvin’s Room” like “Over Here” by PartyNextDoor.
The get crunked ego trip, throw them ‘bows “Versace” by Migos,
Sidenote: Drake mentions winning a Grammy on “Versace.” Watch him and his team take shots out of the award.
Noteworthy quote: “So weird you know, you’re like, saying you’re going to do something, and then it actually happens. And then it happens again and then it happens again, and then you just wonder like, does it run out? What is it? Is it the power of being young?”
And then there’s the “Jodeci Freestyle” featuring J. Cole.
And speaking of J. Cole, watch Drake and Cole express their bromance at a Best Buy store in New York City. Drake celebrates the success of J. Cole’s new album, Born Sinner, by buying every copy of the sophomore album available for a grand total of $888!!! That’s love (and very adorable in a wealthy rapper way lmao. I should play those numbers lma0)
Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock