Drake Admits to Occasional Drug Use

Drizzy cops to drinking codeine and smoking marijuana to help cope with fame.

Posted: 04/02/2012 06:08 AM EDT

Since breaking into the music industry in 2009 with his critically acclaimed mixtape, So Far Gone, Drake has always expressed issues dealing with his newfound celebrity. It’s a recurring theme in his chart-topping music and something he openly discusses in interviews.


In a recent chat with The Guardian, the Toronto-bred rap star candidly admits to using drugs and drinking as a means to deal with the expectations of his rising stardom.


“Have I sipped codeine before?" asked the Young Money rapper. "Yeah, of course. Have I smoked weed? Yes. Do I drink wine? Yes.”


Not to give fans the wrong idea, as if he were confessing to a substance abuse problem, Drake clarified his explanation.


“But do I do it excessively? No. I'm not a reckless guy. I do it all within moderation.”


“I'm not into drugs," he added. "I mean any outside the ones I just mentioned. Nah, that's not me. I care too much about what I have. I'm not going to throw it away for that.”


After the success of So Far Gone, a multi-platinum debut, Thank Me Later, and riding the current wave of his sophomore album Take Care, Drake has more than enough reasons to stay on the right track.


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