Below are photos and snippets from the feature story in which he reveals his feelings on music, acting, and the negative press among other things.
Check out some of the outtakes from the feature story:
On his music, not his looks, drawing fans:
It’s funny — the thing that I hear the least is ‘Drake makes bad music.’ People always have something to say about the way I look or the way I dress. People nitpick at my physical appearance more than my music, which is fine with me because when I look in the mirror, I know I’m not an unattractive person.
On playing Obama:
I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal [laughs]. I watch all the addresses. Anytime I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel, I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions. Slowly but surely, I’m not in the study mode because nobody’s called me about anything, but I just pay attention so when the day comes I’m not scrambling to learn how to speak like him. I want to be involved in great film projects. I don’t want to do the basketball movie that everyone does. I don’t want to do the typical black film that everyone expects. I think that I have enough experience to actually be involved in a real meaty project full of substance.
On keeping calm:
I wake up and I’m scared to flip my phone over because I don’t know what songs have leaked or what girl has said what about me. I don’t let it show because I care too much about the people around me and I need them to feel like I’m solid. No matter how much I may be going crazy inside, I always keep my composure for the sake of the people around me.
On negative blog commenters:
I definitely haven’t said this before, but I stopped going on a computer. I have a problem where if I go read a hundred positive things about me and there’s one guy in there who says ‘I hate Drake’ that’s the one I pay attention to. I think that’s a common problem. Negativity hurts us more than positivity helps us. I asked about 10 or 20 people around me, ‘When’s the last time you went on a website and commented on something, like a song dropped and you went on and said, ‘That song is hot’ or ‘That song is terrible?’ And everyone I asked around me, whose opinions I respect, the people I love, were like, ‘I’ve never done that before.’ And these are all level-headed, intelligent people whose opinion I respect, so I just started saying to myself, ‘It takes a certain type of individual to really participate in a group discussion about someone else, especially if they’re going super hard with consistent hate.
On how he honors his mentor, Andre 3000 from Outkast:
I have a shrine in my apartment dedicated to Andre. I took a door off a barn and had an artist take the lyrics from his verses [and put them] on this barn door. As soon as you walk into my apartment that’s the first thing you see.
However, he still wants to see the reaction from his album Thank Me Later before delving into acting again.
On another note, Drake’s next single, called “Fancy” is dedicated to all the ladies out there. He has teamed up with heavyhitters such as Swizz Beats, who he convinced to hand over the track, and T.I. who will be joining him for the music video. Anthony Mandler will direct the video, someone whom Drake dubs as “phenomenal” and who has so far directed all of his music videos for tracks off of Thank Me Later.
Drake recruited Fatima Robinson to help choreograph.
“Fancy” didn’t make the cut for the album because it was initially supposed to appear on Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beat projects, but Drake must have been thoroughly convincing.
Swizz Beats has no animosity about giving up the track though, saying “”I’m a producer first. So he can have the record. I’m still on it, it’s still love.”