Drake may be known for somber rap slow jams, which tend to include at least one mention of a failed relationship, but he is tired of being seen as "lonely" and "emotional," he told Jian Ghomenshi on Canada's Q Radio Thursday (Dec. 11).
During the hour-long discussion, the OVO general spoke passionately on pushing boundaries with Nothing Was the Same and his music being the "perfect balance" between rap and melody. "I like to sing, that's what I do," he said. "Even when I'm rapping, the cadences are almost melodic to the point that they stick in your head."
Talk of his talent turned to the persona he's picked up over the years. Making "music strictly for the purpose of driving at nighttime," has turned Drake into a target, particularly among peers like Kendrick Lamar, who rhymed, "Nothing's been the same since I dropped 'Control'/And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes," during his BET Hip Hop Awards cypher.
In response to being misunderstood, the Toronto native was noticeably fed up but never called anyone out. "I'm 26 working as hard as I possibly can with my friends that I grew up with … making my family happy. I'm so sick of people saying that I'm like lonely and emotional. I do make music that makes you feel something … I'm actually not that guy in real life. I'm very happy. I'm a happy person. I'm very excited. My life is constantly exciting, it's not some sad depressing story."
Criticism aside, don't expect a change from Drizzy. "I made a commitment early on to just be myself," he continued. "What really bothers me the most is the fact that sometimes I don't feel like I get enough credit or I don't make a big enough impact because I'm not a loose cannon in situations like this where we're doing a one-on-one interview.
"People just want me to go off more and lose my composure, and then that way I guess I would make more headlines or be more iconic, but that's not me. I'm a naturally poised individual."
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