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Drake: “I’m The First Person to Successfully Rap and Sing”

Drake did an interview with Jewish Chronicle while he was touring part of the Club Paradise tour. While interviewing Drake had the following to say,“There were people who incorporated melody before me, but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing”. Check out key highlights from the article below.

“There were people who incorporated melody before me,” says Drake, talking backstage at the 02 in south-east London, where 18,000 people have converged to see him play the biggest concert of his career, “but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.”

He considers the question of his persona and agrees that: “Yes, there are aspects of it that are new in the rap world. But it’s not a gimmick. I just sort of exist and people embrace it. I’m one of the few artists who gets to be himself every day. It doesn’t take me six hours to get ready and I don’t have to wake up in the morning and remember to act like this or talk like this. I just have to be me. That’s one of the favorite parts of my life – I’ve done this purely by being myself.”

“That’s one of the things that plagues my mind. My relationship with my family. Am I talking to my mother enough? That kind of thing. Asking myself: ‘Are you changing? Are you a different person?’ Those are my issues now. If I wasn’t famous I don’t think those would be my issues at all. They would be: how am I going to support myself? I wouldn’t be able to get any girl that I wanted. I wouldn’t be traveling the world and I wouldn’t be showered with all this affection.”

“I’m always looking for something else,” he says, by way of reassurance, as he prepares to entertain 18,000 Londoners. “I’m always looking for what’s beyond this point. Not to sound depressing or anything, but I don’t just tell myself: ‘Oh, everything’s all good, man’. Life is good. But I’m not naive. Nothing is all good.”

Drake’s Plans For His Third Album, “Bring People Together”

Drake spoke with Sway from MTV News about his third album and the plans he has in store for it. Watch the video below to find out what Drake has in stored for you on his third album.

“I feel like with every project we do there’s growth and with every project I do, I become more comfortable with the artist I am. Take Care solidified a lot of things for me. [It’s] a list of things that would probably be too immense to go through, but it solidified a lot of things and let me know what I want to do, and who I want to be. The music that I make is bigger than the box people try and put rappers [in]. People always try to draw me back to just rap. And — nah, I’m good. I like what I do. Period. That’s how I feel. Nobody can really do what I do or what we do, including 40 and all the producers that I’ve worked with.[It’s interesting] to see artists that have a real impact on the world. We live in a generation where there is nothing necessarily to fight for politically, whereas in the Marley documentary [for example] he was fighting for peace in Jamaica. [There’s] nothing necessarily for me to step up and say I want to fight for, but there is a way for me to give moments to the world, and to bear my emotions and hope that I’m remembered as that guy who was able to bring people together. I want to be that guy. I want to bring people together.”

Catch A “Drake Moment” In HYFR Music Video

Drake continues his interview with Sway from MTV News, but this time he talks about his “HYFR” video. Drake calls the video his “Drake Moment”, which really shows some character about himself. Watch the video after the jump to get the full scoop. I personally think HYFR was directed well. It has all the elements of a great music video… What you think? On another tip, Drake be rocking that double Styrofoam cup heavy!

“It was great to do it with X. I always told X [that] we needed to do a video together, we’re both from Toronto. I feel like at one point he was probably like, ‘Yea, yea alright.’ Every time I see him [I’d say,] ‘we have to do a video together,’ and finally [we] made it happen. For that to be the one, it was crazy. I think that’s the most talked about video in my career. I think it’s just insight into my genuine character. I think that’s what’s most entertaining about it. The fun being had in the video is real fun and insight into my mind because I thought of this. This is a Drake moment, a lot like the talking [I do] onstage, because that’s really me.I try and produce almost a comedic element into my show. I spent years working on acting and comedic timing. It clicked with me like a year and a half ago that maybe I should bring that element to my stage show. Why not? I don’t make music where I’ve got to take myself seriously and be all stoic. I can laugh with people and it really has brought life to my show. People leave feeling like they were in a room of 500, which is important.”

Drake Interview On Love, Acting, and Music (Audio)

Drake had an interview with I-D Magazine back when he was performing in Europe for his Club Paradise tour. Drake spoke on many topics including: love, acting, and music. Drake is very honest in this interview, so this is the interview for fans to take a listen to to. This interview will be a part of I-D’s Lights, Camera, Action issue. Listen to the audio below.

“My plan is to make as much music as I can until a story from Drake doesn’t impact you in the way that it used to. Then, I guess I’ll find my way somewhere else.”

Jas Prince Speaks On Drake In Text Interview

Jas Prince recently did an interview with In the interview Jas was questioned about many topcis including: Business side of music, first job in the music industry, and of course Drake. See what Jas had to say about Drake after the jump.

Where did you first hear of Drake? Who brought him across your plate?

“MYSPACE! I always browse through the internet lookin for somethin new. I found him myself. I sent him a message lettin him know who I was and that I wanted to work with him, get his music to some people I know.”

How did you pitch him to Wayne?

“At first I was tellin him about him like, “Yo, you really need to check this dude Drake out,” and Wayne wasn’t tryin to hear it. Then one day while leavin the Galleria, I just threw his CD in and let it play. He was like, “Wait..who is this?,” and I was like “Drake…the guy I been tellin you about.” Wayne told me to book him on the next flight to Houston.”

Drake Talks Sex-tapes, Rejections, and Self Awareness With NME Magazine

Drake sat down with NME to have a geniuwinely honest interview with Sam Wolfson. Drake touches on many subjects which include: Drunk texting, rejection, sextapes, and more. This is a really great interview for all Drizzy fans.

When was the last time you got knocked back?: “I fell for somebody I liked so much. So, so much. Not a celebrity, just a normal girl. She was like, ‘I won’t be in a relationship with you, you’re a rapper and I think more of myself than to go through the bullshit; I can’t read the rumors every day whether they’re true or not.’ That killed me. Damn, it was a lose/lose, a fight I can’t even fight because she’s already bowing out.”

Is the drunk dialing still going on, then?: “I’m more of a drunk texter than drunk dialer. I write Peach Ciroc poems. When that Peach Ciroc comes into my head and starts hitting the blood stream, the words start flowing to exes. Some nights I’ll be in the club and start thinking back, it gets emotional.”

So is ‘Take Care’ like a first strike? Are you being defensive with the media before they turn on you?: ”But I don’t live recklessly. I don’t have skeletons in my closet.”

Thats what they all say: Its not necessarily me covering it up, or trying to be defensive, I just don’t do the dumb shit in the first place to get in trouble. If I’m drunk Imma go out the back door. I ain’t gonna walk out the front so you see me stumbling and dropping my keys. I’m not that guy. I’m not dumb. I want to be in this position as long as I possibly can. I mean, I will be honest, any sex tape I’ve ever made….I own it”

CNN Interview: 40 Opens Up About Living With MS

Noah “40” Shebib recently sat down with CNN to do an exclusive interview in which he goes into detail about living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We first heard of 40’s condition on Drake‘s MTV Documentary in 2010 “Better Than Good Enough“. Check out what this phenomenal producer and individual had to say below in his interview.

Q: What was it like to receive that diagnosis as such a young man?

A: It started with sensory issues. I woke up one day and all the temperature in my body was distorted. My sense of hot and cold and what that meant to my brain was very confusing. Any time something like that happens to your body – which is very difficult to explain when you have MS – is that your brain is tricked, so your nerves are telling you something that’s not true. Any time your brain is telling you something that’s not true, there’s a little bit of trauma for your body in general to understand what’s going on, so you’re a little bit in shock.

I went to the hospital very quickly after that and was diagnosed within a couple of weeks. It continued to escalate to a much worse place in a month, and I spent the next two years of my life getting back on my feet.

Q: What exactly were your sensory problems like?

A: It’s a funny story. My leg was just on fire when I woke up one day. I was at the studio. I had fallen asleep and had woken up at 2 o’clock in the afternoon the next day, and my first initial thought was, “Oh, I must’ve fallen asleep by the heater or something. My leg is really hot.” Then I got in my car and the floor heater was only on, on the left side. I thought, “That’s interesting.”

You know, you have all these other explanations except that your brain is telling you something that’s not true. Then I get home and I sit down at my computer, and I’m thinking the heater is just blasting hot air down there. “Where is that heat coming from?” Then I put on my boots and I said, “Oh my god, this boot is really hot. This boot must’ve been beside the heater.”

You always have an explanation, and of course it led me to understand that something was definitely wrong, which led me to the hospital, and as I said – by the end of that month – I was off my feet and not walking.

Q: What was it like to be off your feet, unable to control your own body?

A: I would say it was inspiring, as bizarre and twisted as that may sound. I tried to see the best light of it and how I could use it to my advantage.

In an almost shallow twisted way, I said, “I’ve got this disease I’m going to live with it. I’m going to win with it and my story is going to be that much better when I get there.” I made that decision very early on in my diagnosis.

I remember lying in my hospital bed and they have the little table they swing across your bed to put your meal on, and I quickly put my meal on the chair beside me, put my laptop and the little keyboard, and went directly to work in the hospital bed. Luckily enough for me, I don’t think anything will ever be able to stop me from making music.

Q: What’s the hardest part of dealing with your disease?

A: I think one of the biggest struggles people with MS face is trying to define it to people and explain how it manifests itself. It’s very difficult, you know. This morning I had to lie down on my bed to get my socks on because I couldn’t bend over. You know, that’s not something I tell anybody. Then the things that I deal with on a daily basis are usually pretty miniscule, so I keep them to myself, but they add up, and it’s hard for people to understand that.

So I’ll say to someone, “Oh, I can’t do that today. They’ll say, “Yeah, but you were playing basketball with us yesterday.” They don’t understand why or how, and it doesn’t make sense to a lot of people. It’s very difficult to grasp the concept.

People are confused, so they result to the obvious answer. “Oh well, that’s probably because this happened. Oh, that happens to everybody. Everybody’s tired today. Oh, we’ve all had a long week.” That’s the most frustrating thing for me in the world, because you’re taking for granted how hard I work to be on this level with you.

I try to stay quiet about that stuff. I don’t need to have a parade about how hard I’m working. It’s just exhausting explaining to people what you have to deal with if you’re trying to keep it quiet and just trying to live a normal life.

Q: People ask why don’t you just try harder, get a little more sleep, or have another cup of coffee?

A: It’s funny, you know, one of the things I deal with is sports. I played hockey my whole life. When I was diagnosed, I was probably on the ice 5 or 6 times a week at that time. I haven’t really stepped on since. Every few years, I stop myself and say, “What are you doing? Why don’t you go play some sports? Stop being such a baby! Get out there!”

The first time I did that, I was on the ski kill and got stuck halfway down because my legs went numb on me. I was on the snow for about 40 minutes before my friends came and rescued me and dragged me down the hill. Then another couple years go by and I think to myself, “What are you doing? Come on! Go play some hockey!” I jump on the ice and skate with some friends and then don’t walk for a week after that.

I’m constantly forgetting even myself what the repercussions of my disease are. I’ll be like, “Come on! Get up! You can do this!” So not only is it difficult for someone else to understand, it’s also difficult for me to understand.

Photos courtesy of Ruben

Riz Discusses New Song Featuring Drake (Interview)

Riz spoke about Drake being featured on his upcoming free album “Deaf Ears Blind Eyes”. Drake would be featured on the track titled “Waiting Up” which was produced by Noah “40” Shebib. Watch the video below and skip to 2:00 mark if you want to hear him talk about the collaboration.

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