Saturday, October 19, 2013


It may make him look lonely and vulnerable, but Drake keeps it all the way real in his music, and his interviews. Recently, he went back to his hometown of Toronto for an interview on the show Q with Jian Ghomeshi. During the hour-long sit-down, Drake got personal as he talked about his humble upbringings, his music being influenced by the Houston and Memphis rap scenes and his ability to portray himself as exactly who he is in his music. He also revealed things that bothered him, like people thinking he grew up rich, people thinking he is some sad and lonely individual because of his emotional songs, and social media, which he thinks gives too many people a false sense of celebrity.

Peep a few things we learned from Drizzy from this interview below:

He wants to make $250 million by age 29
I think it’s less about dollar value and more about the idea of growth. Business mindset. Twenty-five million at the time seemed crazy to me but when you start becoming a headlining touring act and brands want to get involved with you and you can go do private events and whatnot, you’re capable of making it. I want to obviously keep touring, keep making music, but now I see that there’s other ways. This global ambassador thing. I want to invent something. I want to start a company. I want to do something that maybe has nothing to do with music.

He hates social media and thinks it gives people a false sense of accomplishment
I hate the gist of living your life on the Internet and telling everybody personal details about yourself on social media. I find music a lot more useful. It’s inspirational. I want people to use it as a life soundtrack, as a guide. Not so much as a guide of don’t make the same mistakes I did, but as a guide of there’ someone else out there living a real life and here it is.

To me, social media is like a tool, but it can also lead to destruction. A lot of people I know become dependent on it. It makes everybody feel famous. You have followers who equate to fans who you feel are actually interested in your every single move. It’s crazy what’s going on in our generation. It bothers me sometimes.

He surrounds himself with people who are more ambitious than him
I feel like I surround myself with people that are just as if not more ambitious than me. My management, two guys who I grew up with. Friends of mine that have grown exponentially throughout the years and plan to keep growing. We all do. Those are guys that I feel like at times are more ambitious than me. 40. 40 definitely outworked me on this album, my producer. Maybe my dreams are a bit more grandiose, but as far as ambition goes, I’m not the only one in the circle.

He’s sick of people thinking he’s lonely and emotional
I’m 26 working as hard as I possibly can with my friend who I grew up with, making my family happy. I’m so sick of people saying I’m lonely and emotional and associating me with this longing for a woman. I hate that, man. It bothers me so much because I don’t make…I do make music that makes you feel something, [but] I’m actually not that guy in real life. I’m very happy. I’m not content by any means, I want to keep working, but I’m a happy person. I’m very excited. My life is constantly exciting. It’s not some sad, depressing story.[...]I make my music for the purpose of driving at nighttime. That’s what I make my music for.

He’s obsessed with success…for now
I’m just addicted to it. I think that I’ve sacrificed so much already and dedicated so much of my time that I have to push it as far as I possibly can because I’ve given up a lot a lot of years as far as nurturing personal relationships [or] trying to build a family or a relationship. I don’t do any of that, I just kind of work. I’m okay with that now. I think it’s a great age to be doing that. I think in 10 years if I’m still in that mindset I might have to come sit back down with you and be like, ‘Yeah, we gotta have a [talk]. This is a different conversation tonight.’

I think I’m building my own legacy. As much as I have respect for the gentlemen in my family, I think I’ve surpassed a lot of people’s expectations and I think I’m building my own legacy for my own family. I care about how long it lasts. I’m in it for the long run.

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