(Photo: Mario Sorrenti/GQ July 2013)
Drake is getting ready to drop a new album this summer and the rapper is starting his media tour with a revealing interview in GQ magazine. Writer Michael Paterniti shadowed the Young Money superstar and got a glimpse into his baller lifestyle and caught him in some surprisingly introspective moments.
Among the most interesting revelations from the piece is that Drake may not be the player he portrays in his lyrics. "You know the way fighters don’t f--k 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," he says. "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."
The Canadian heartthrob, who has been linked with everyone from Nicki Minaj to Rihanna, says it was a conversation with another A-lister that got him thinking about what kind of relationship he wants in the future. "I had lunch the other day with someone I extremely look up to. Okay — I had lunch with Will Smith," he says. "Listening to him talk, it made me think I don’t know what love is."
Drake continues, "[Smith] said love is when you become one and you need that person. It’s not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way."
But don't expect the hip hop Lothario to settle down just yet. "I’ve made a lot of music about love being the only thing I’m missing," he says. "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."
Clearly in the mood to talk, the "Best I Ever Had" rapper finally addressed his beef with Chris Brown, with whom he was notoriously involved in a club brawl last year.
“I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t," he begins. "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."
While most artists have learned how to use controversy to their advantage, Drake would have preferred if the story had just gone away. "It’s embarrassing, the amount of media coverage. Two rappers fighting over the woman. He’s not even a rapper, but still, it’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music."
He continues, "but he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess. …If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly."
For more candid thoughts from Drake on money, fame and the next goal he's set for himself, check out the full story here.
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