Drake, born Aubrey Drake Graham, is definitely doing his thing in the music world. With the release of his sophomore album Take Care (released yesterday), the 25-year-old Young Money star has made a name for himself. The Canadian-born rapper who was raised in a Jewish household spoke with The Daily Beast about an array of things including his mother's teachings, the actor into rapper transition, Rihanna, the alleged Chris Brown "fight" and his feelings on Nicki Minaj.
His feelings on his mother:
My mother made me truly appreciate women. I obviously make sex-driven, darker, sexier music, but I try not to offend women in them. It’s not in my character.....it was hard just growing up with my mom and watching her fight for me to have a good childhood. It was tough to watch.
On his Degrassi experience and transition to music:
It was just too dependent on other people. I also knew what it was like to get f--ked over a bit. We basically all came to work one day and we were all kind of fired in our own way. It was devastating for a lot of us. Our names were changed on our dressing rooms and we were like, ‘What’s happening?’” He added, “It was bothering me so I realized music was something I could take into my own hands and it was something I was good at, so I gave up acting for music.
On his first celebrity fling with Rihanna:
I came straight from Toronto, just a kid that was trying to get out of my mom’s house, and the first person I meet is a girl that’s the biggest person you could possibly meet at my age. So I meet her and it was just mind-blowing. I couldn’t believe she’d even want to talk to me. I read some interview where they painted me as so sad and heartbroken, but we’re cool. I was never torn apart by that situation.
On Chris Brown elbowing him in retaliation:
I respect Chris Brown. I’d like to call myself a friend—I don’t know if I’m allowed to do that. But I definitely didn’t get elbowed in my face. Somebody would’ve got knocked the f--k out.
On his ideal woman....Nicki Minaj:
If there’s any woman in my life that’s the ideal woman for me, it’s definitely Nicki. I like the stripped-down Nicki. I like Nicki with no makeup, black hair, some casual clothes in a recording booth rapping an amazing verse. That’s sexy to me. I know some great women, but all jokes aside, Nicki is somebody I could spend my life with because I think we understand each other.
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