Drake’s Full Interview in GQ

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GQ landed the first real interview of the Nothing Was The Same media cycle. In it, not only does Drake discuss rap, love and Chris Brown, but also money, his security, family and talks at lengths about what goes into making his songs:

In one song off the new album, Drake delves into the pain of his parents’ split, but as always for Drake, it’s raw material—powerful, personal, and cautionary—reshaped as art. And it’s what makes Drake Drake: his willingness to go there and say it out loud, and in that way possess it. If it’s an impulse not wholly recognizable in rap, it suggests that perhaps Drake belongs on a slightly different continuum, one belonging, at least in spirit, to confessional poets or expressionist painters or indie bands like the xx, a band he loves. But, he says, his lodestar for the new work has been Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear, the 1978 double-album confessional chronicling the collapse of Gaye’s first marriage, described by one critic as “the sound of divorce…exposed in all its tender-nerve glory.”

“It’s so honest,” says Drake, who’s also been recording in Gaye’s old studio, Marvin’s Room. “He just puts it all out there.

Drake also revealed he was “four songs into the new album” at the time of this interview, including one which is titled “Tuscan Leather”:

Drake and 40 swivel at the same time and start tapping the keys of their laptops, cuing up the first track off of Nothing Was the Same, a song called “Tuscan Leather”—a title, Drake tells me, named for a Tom Ford fragrance that some say smells like a brick of cocaine.

The truth is I have no idea what to expect. The paradox of Drake is that he’s so multiple, he might write a love song sung by an Idol contestant (“Find Your Love”) or something so raunchy you can’t play it for kids (“Practice”). He could be rhyming about the kingdom of his material world, and then crooning about his spiritual state. He’s a mama’s boy who’ll cut you up, though his tough-guy posturing seems occasionally halfhearted because, after all, he seems so kind of…decent.

Now comes the music, in a sudden blast, like green light through fog, the first notes strange and dissonant, in a lurching 3/4 beat. The intro hurtles and whiplashes, and a woman’s voice, as if on helium, floats through the chaos, in the highest register, sorta funny and ghostly and beautiful. (It turns out to be a Whitney Houston sample.) The sound is an evocation of something that feels nostalgic and new, exuberant and menacing, at once. Which is when Drake’s voice breaks through, rapping, pumped up, spitting nails. Both inside and outside the song itself, he keeps repeating, How much time’s this nigga spending on the intro? How much time’s this nigga spending on the intro? It feels like bedlam.

Link: How to Drake It in America [GQ]

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


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16 Responses to “Drake’s Full Interview in GQ”

  1. Casket Face Says:

    im jis sayin..if you really listened to Dilla like you claim you would know all throughout Donuts there are anti caucasion rants chopped and embedded into the beats. its a known fact

    but you on some white boy “im a hip hop head i listen to dilla” shit so you aint catch it

    ^^^

    LOL

    … Dilla’s (leeching ass, Wee-Man midget faced, two-faced, N-word using) best friend was white though.

  2. Harlem World: My hoe$ they do drug$ Says:

    “Tuscan Leather”—a title, Drake tells me, named for a Tom Ford fragrance that some say smells like a brick of cocaine.
    =============

    when i type lol

    it just doesnt do it justice

    it just doesnt

    cus i be loiing heavy

  3. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    ***biggumskiller*** Says:
    June 18th, 2013 at 5:07 pm
    Daps AR clip
    You know you chilling yung killer lol
    Canada nigga
    Somebody told me Montreal has the best strippers in the world too
    I drive you up there sun

    ***biggumskiller*** Says:
    June 18th, 2013 at 5:10 pm
    My nigga tron
    I never heard of lucali’s
    The take out food is horrible round here
    I gotta order pizza from parkside and Bedford
    Boycott Sal’s that’s what I say
    I’m talking to some drug dealers around here
    Trying to convince these niggas to open a Jamaican restaurant
    But with DELIVERY men
    Just like the chinaman

  4. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    i got white friends too

    they still invented theft

  5. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    Comment game stress<<<
    Just heard the NSA kept 50 cent from getting killed by a terrorist attack!
    Oh wait I read that wrong…

  6. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    i give up

    niggas dont care about the integrity of hip hop

    why should i

    fuck it

    get ya paper

    drake should have BEEN got beat the fuck up and left in a hotel lobby

    i dont get it

  7. Harlem World: My hoe$ they do drug$ Says:

    But, he says, his lodestar for the new work has been Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear, the 1978 double-album confessional chronicling the collapse of Gaye’s first marriage, described by one critic as “the sound of divorce…exposed in all its tender-nerve glory.”

    ===============
    he was really bleedin on that album mayne

    i respeck his taste in music

    that bitch wounded marvin

  8. Casket Face Says:

    “Maino quick to throw the gat to big niggas, I’m Papi a Brooklyn boss that fuck with Queens niggas” (c) OG Maino

    My dude used to go in…

  9. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    when does drake

    lord of the simps drop his album

    so i can take off for a month

  10. Harlem World: My hoe$ they do drug$ Says:

    *throws small child out of window to king louie: all this ice*

  11. Rajon Trondo Says:

    Im jis sayin..if you really listened to Dilla like you claim you would know all throughout Donuts there are anti caucasion rants chopped and embedded into the beats. its a known fact
    ^
    OK. Nvm .. U just trolling.

    If not, up a track from donuts that contains t

  12. AR-Clip Says:

    Drizzy season is upon us

  13. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    tron

    go listen to “Stop” off donuts .. backwards..slow it down to 60 BPM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeXSPdWZPc0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    right after the last jadakiss laugh you hear the honorable khalid muhammed (r.i.p) say “the white man is the devil”

    Dilla is tellin you the whole time through the beat “youve got to stop and think about what you do” he is talkin to you

  14. Rajon Trondo Says:

    U trolling b

    First it was a “known Fact ”

    Now I gotta slow shit down and what not..

    Besides. White people ARE the devil. This is not news.

  15. The Architek Says:

    But, he says, his lodestar for the new work has been Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear, the 1978 double-album confessional chronicling the collapse of Gaye’s first marriage, described by one critic as “the sound of divorce…exposed in all its tender-nerve glory.”

    ^^

    shark-niggas

    and he been rocking the half moon lately

    smh

  16. spirit equality Says:

    “crooning about his spiritual state”

    Drake has never “crooned” or even rapped about his spiritual side. Has this writer mixed up Drake and Common?

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