Drake (better known to his mom as Aubrey Graham) is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine and in his coverstory interview, he talks about a range of topics … from his feud with Chris Brown to his friendship with Will Smith to his desire (or lack thereof) to focus on sex when he’s hard at work putting together an album of music. Coupled with his interview is a pretty fashionable photospread that features Drake all dolled up in some pretty sweet clothes. Click below to see Drake‘s just-released GQ coverphoto, read some excerpts from his interview and check out a photo from his spread.
On his feud 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.”
On his pursuit of love, and the advice he received from 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 myboys.”
On focusing on his album rather than sex: “You know the way fighters don’t fuck 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.”
On future ambitions, including his goal of making $250 million by the time he’s 29: “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.”
On becoming #1, and re-creating the excitement of his early career: “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.”
You can read the full online version of Drake‘s interview with GQ HERE and check out all of the photos from his photospread HERE. Drake seems to me to be one of the more level-headed and grounded rappers out there. He may say or do silly things from time to time but I’m willing to chalk up those instances to his youth. You don’t hear about any kind of bad behavior … nothing at all like the stuff we hear about from Chris Brown or even Justin Bieber. I can’t say that I’m a big fan of Drake‘s music but I can absolutely appreciate his drive, determination and work ethic. It’s not cool AT ALL for a young man (and a rapper, at that) to publicly proclaim that he is more interested in work than sex but at least it’s honest. I’m a GQ subscriber so I’m looking forward to reading this interview in full. I know there are quite a few Drake fans out there so keep your eyes peeled, this issue of GQ hits newsstands next week.
[Photo credit: Mario Sorrenti/GQ; Source]