Drake Briefly Talks Nothing Was The Same in GQ

Drake sat down with GQ (again) at his home in San Fernando Valley and discussed his beef with Chris Brown, “Started From The Bottom” and most importantly, his new album:

On Nothing Was The Same:
“This is my fucking moment to say if I wanted to rap all the time, really rap, I would, but I also love to make music. I’ll do this for you right now. But it’s for me, too. It’s my story…I’m trying to get back to that kid in the basement. To say what he has to say. And I’m trying to make it last.”

Hit the jump for more interview excerpts from the Q&A as well as a quick video interview he did in Atlanta over the weekend after performing at Birthday Bash.

PREVIOUSLY: Drake Freestyle @ GQ Photoshoot (Video)

Earlier today: Drake Announces “Would You Like A Tour?” w/ Future & Miguel

On other rappers hating on him:
“You notice they don’t criticize the music itself, though…I’m okay with that.”

On being abstinent, sort of:
“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 Chris Brown drama:
“I hear he has everything he could want now. 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. If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly…Like, it gets really dark.”

On love:
“[Will Smith said] 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 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.”

On “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.”

[Scan via Complex]


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21 Responses to “Drake Briefly Talks Nothing Was The Same in GQ”

  1. Free J Says:

    Lmao @ that cover…. Yerp. That’s enough Internet for today.

  2. King James Says:

    drizzy the gawd

  3. Casket Face Says:

    Lol niggas think I’m jokin’, we was sitting on the hood of my old school like 25 deep with the drank… so half-a-thug nigga I ain’t really know like that smoked my last loosie…

    I was rapping Fizzy part and a noticed my loosie was gon’ and this nigga was on my trunk talking to his peoples.

    I punch that nigga while the cig was in his mouth, tobacc eerwhere, some real nigger type shit but it was more of a statement.

    I’m a nerd at heart but I used to rock the tough exterior so niggas left me alone…I had to make an example.

  4. hood trill stunting aka trap day man Says:

    I get a feeling it could end really badly…Like, it gets really dark.”

    > lol. yeah okay, Aubrey.

  5. Casket Face Says:

    I collected XXL and Source from 98-2007

    …when I built my first business I covered the walls in them shits. That shit generated so much business off the conversations alone.

    Niggas said I was crazy because I said Remy Ma prolly got better pussy than Beyonce.

  6. captain planet Says:

    lmao !

    hell naw !

    he might still have a better album done hov

    stay close

  7. King James Says:

    …when I built my first business I covered the walls in them shits. That shit generated so much business off the conversations alone.

    ^

    lmao

  8. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Yo

    Vibe Mag gave Azatic 1 fuckin star

    1 fuckin star cuz

    Azatic nigga!

  9. captain planet Says:

    cosign hold my liquor now as well

    chief keef killed the chorus i was tripping

    i ccccaaaannttt haaaanndddlleee myyyy liqqqquuooorrrr !

  10. Gob Bluth Says:

    lmao i’ve seen it all on this site

  11. rex hussla Says:

    i hope theres an alternate cover…

    I don’t want this shit showing up in my mailbox [ll]

  12. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    PUSSY HAD ME FLOATIN

    PUSSY HAD ME DEAD

    BOUT TO CALL 2PAC OVAA

  13. captain planet Says:

    On being abstinent, sort of:
    “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.”

    ^

    nigga what !?!?!

  14. The Architek Says:

    lmao

    this is rap’s savior??!

    this nigga #1, huh?

  15. captain planet Says:

    don’t ever say drake ain’t dedicated to this shit

    LMAAAOOOOO !!!

  16. rex hussla Says:

    That Charlie Wilson bridge/chorus might be the GOAT thing I’ve ever heard [ll]

    If I die just loop that shit at my funeral

  17. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Wish it was 96 sometime

    So Oynx & Wu Tang could catch this cupcake nigga in a hotel lobby and just trash his ass

  18. captain planet Says:

    On Chris Brown drama:
    “I hear he has everything he could want now. 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. If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly…Like, it gets really dark.”

    ^

    lmao !

    yo kanye set the interview bar high niggas coming wild wit it

    yall need to stop tempting this nigga drake before cb end up in a trunk somewhere

  19. captain planet Says:

    Rex Hussla
    1 min ago
    That Charlie Wilson bridge/chorus might be the GOAT thing I’ve ever heard [ll]

    If I die just loop that shit at my funeral

    ^

    is that the one on on sight ?

    if so then cosign

    that could be my entire life

    just that

  20. King James Says:

    Really Doe spit the best verse of his life on “We Major”

  21. spirit equality Says:

    I feel it wrapping around my foot

    ^ Wrapping around my foot? That has to be a misquote. If not, WTF does that mean?

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