Drizzy Drake shows off his gritty swag for the cover of VIBE magazine’s newest Winter 2014 Race issue.
Ironically in the cover story, the Torono-native taps into his emotional side when opening up about being called a softie in Instagram memes and his experiences growing up dealing with racism.
Here are some of the highlights.
On the memes poking fun of his emo-nature:
It’s flattery. I’m just being human, it’s not like I’m on records crying and making videos in the rain and sh-t. I always get to this point where it’s like, ‘Man, how come this guy is allowed to do this? How come this guy is allowed to talk about the streets? All he did was be around it, just like me. He didn’t live it, but he’s allowed to talk about it. How come this guy is allowed to make girl records—love records—but they’re not girl records or love records when he does it?’ I just have to step back and be like, because it doesn’t matter what those guys do… Whoever that is, it just doesn’t matter. They’re not important enough to be scrutinized like that. So it’s that feeling of accepting that I’m at the top and I don’t give them enough to talk about, so they have to make sh-t. No one ever loves that guy that’s on top.
On the legacy he hopes to leave behind:
I just want people to look back one day, like, ‘That guy dictated so much in my life. He was the soundtrack.’ I listen to my father and uncles talk about old soul that way. I just wanna be remembered as being honest. And I wanna be celebrated in my city. It’s showtime. The lights are on. Chubbs—that’s my guy—he says, ‘The lights on you, what you gonna do?’ That’s my life motto. ‘The lights are on me, so what am I gonna do?
On coming to terms with past relationships and putting his business in songs:
That was my biggest wake-up call. I’ve just gotten too big to do that. I never wanted to cause her any stress in her life, and I think she’s such a good, wholehearted person. They made up this whole fake flyer online [about] hosting parties, which she doesn’t. She’s like the best girl ever. It was tough for me to watch that happen. I repeatedly kept apologizing. I didn’t think it was that specific—she doesn’t even work there anymore. I don’t want to be looked at as a guy who exploits his relationships, but I feel it’s okay because I’m not saying anything negative. I’m just telling the story and usually in their favor, usually saying I was the one that f-cked up. I don’t know if I’m ever gonna continue with that formula, but it definitely gives people a more personable listen. And I feel like I’ve established these characters. Paris Morton is a character—I always check in with Paris, like “this is happening, this is what it is.” I think people are intrigued, like “Who is this girl that’s your muse? Who is Bria? Why did she get an interlude?” With Courtney I just expected it to go a little better. It got blown out of proportion because she was too accessible. My apologies to her, formally.
On experiencing racism as a child:
The racism I experienced was being Jewish. Jewish kids didn’t understand how I could be black and Jewish, ’cause we’re all young. It was just stupid, annoying rich kids that were closed-minded and mean, so I dealt with that more than anything. But it had everything to do with being Jewish, not being black. Like, “Why is this guy having a bar mitzvah?” It was just tough for them to understand.
Read more of Drake’s interview over at Vibe.com!