Aubrey Drake Graham has been on a roll. Since bursting onto the music scene a few years ago, the Toronto native hasn’t slowed down yet. From mixtapes, to albums, to tours, to damn-near f*cking every girl in the world (or trying to), the 25-year-old has been in constant motion since he launched his music career via MySpace.
But now…he’s looking for something else, something real.
It’s no secret Drake is in touch with his emotions. His songs often speak of love, of longing, and disappointment. In a culture that values hyper-masculinity, Drake’s emo raps stand out. But it’s also what draws many of his fans deeper into his music.
Recently, Drake snagged the cover of GQ and sat down for an interesting interview with writer Claire Hoffman. The rapper invited Hoffman to his expansive Southern California home, toasted the night with wine spritzers (his favorite drink), watched Sixteen Candles, and talked openly about his relationship with his dad, how he got caught up trying to be a typical rapper, and why it’s no longer enough.
Check out some excerpts from the article:
On his relationship with his father:
“Me and my dad are friends. We’re cool. I’ll never be disappointed again, because I don’t expect anything anymore from him. I just let him exist, and that’s how we get along. We laugh. We have drinks together. But I spent too many nights looking by the window, seeing if the car was going to pull up. And the car never came.”
On what inspired some of his best music:
“I’m trying to find the same feelings that I had for women when I had very little going on, which is tough,” he says. “When I was in my mom’s house, I had nowhere to go, no real obligations. My girlfriend at the time, if she was mad at me, my day was all fucked-up. I didn’t have anything else. And that made for some of the best music, I think, to date. Records where I felt small. That feeling is hard to capture when you’re sitting out here in a space like this.” He gestures to the pool, the tennis court, the volleyball court, the stables. “It’s really difficult for me to find something that makes me feel small.”
On being tired of “just getting p*ssy”:
“There’s just a time where it was like, just getting pussy. Where I was in that sort of ‘I’m young, I’m going to disconnect from my emotions and just do what everyone else tells me I should do and just be a rapper and have my fun.’ And for me as a person, it just doesn’t work. I just need something else. The seconds after a man reaches climax, that’s like the realest moment of your life. If I don’t want you next to me in that fifteen, twenty seconds, then there’s something wrong.”
At the end of the interview, Drake asks Hoffman if she would have slept with him, considering he poured on his best moves. He explains, “We had wine and dinner by the pool, I brought you inside, I brought the projector down; are you or are you not sleeping with me?”
What do you think? Would you give Drake a shot?
Check out the entire interview on the GQ website.