Drake: Dealing With Haters, Ditching VIBE, and Sippin’ Syrup

Drake: Dealing With Haters, Ditching VIBE, and Sippin’ Syrup


While Drake toured in UK, Drake sat down with the Guardian for an exclusive interview where he talked about being an “Icon”, recreational drug use, his critics and handling botched interviews. Check out the excerpts below.

Ditching the VIBE Interview

“I didn’t like the way I was treated,” he says. “They ran this story about how I’m the most bitter guy, and my life is in turmoil. And I’m, like, a very happy 25-year-old kid living an amazing life. They tried to put a damper on my character, I guess because I didn’t play according to their rules.”

About being rap Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley on the song “Lord Knows.”

“I didn’t really say I was the rap Hendrix or Marley, I said I was the descendant,” he corrects, smiling at the tenuous distinction. “Because I feel like that’s what I want to be for this generation: iconic. That’s the purpose I want to serve on this earth. I want my words to be remembered in 10, 15 years.”

The critics and the haters.

“I can’t lie to you, I read what they have to say and it’s … character-building.” He used to find it mortally wounding. “There have been times when a negative comment about me would be the be all and end all, and I’d wonder, Why do you hate me so much? Why would you tell me that you want to kill my mom or see me dead? “It’s scary for me to say this on record,” he says, “but artists are only human, and we seek validation like everyone else. You just have to come to the conclusion that it’s OK, there are going to be people who like you and people who don’t. Luckily there are millions of people who love me and a few who don’t.”

Puffing some mary-jane and sippin’ syrup

“Have I sipped codeine before?” he asks for me. “Yeah, of course. Have I smoked weed? Yes. Do I drink wine? Yes. 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 realizes what he has just said, and bursts out laughing, as do his crew. “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.”

  • Jackyjamespage

    Love this yougin!!!!!

  • jjzizi

    Love him more ever article I read!

  • Murraylennso

    like this if u respect my nigga drake 10times more. team OVO!!!!!!

  • Jennifer Martin Voyles

    Screw all the haterz!!!!! At the end of the day, Drake is who is his….he is a man FULL of dignity && NOTHING but respect for others, and certainly a role model for the youth! People are gonna always hate, that’s what’s wrong with this country today! Wanna convict someone before there’s a trial, wanna try to ruin ones image cause of hate, and the things that MATTER THE MOST we leave on the back burner! Drake is an amazing artist! Is will always be #1 to me!!!! A L W A Y S!!!! <3 

  • KrystenOVO

    He’s too F-in amazing <3

  • Harperdj83

    Drake just keep doin you bro, I’m a loyal fan, ever since “Room for improvement” I’ve listen to you grow as a artist and you’ve taught me a lot about life simply because your from another country and you view on the world isn’t flawed by American stereotypes, anytime you want or need reassurance, look to your fans because we’ll be here with you long after the ride and people like myself have been here long before it started so you know what it is Drizzy. OVO and shouts out to XO.

  • Swimmindude06

    omg he is so fucking real ily drake cant wait to see u at jones beach

  • lol! “I don’t do drugs” he is awesome!!!

  • drizzybitch

    why they hatin on my nigga. fuck em ! they mad cause drizzy is young n talented 

  • Drakes#1Fan<3

    I balled crying when i read this because im sooo madly in love with you and to think of you being hurt just breaks my heart i LOVE you – Take Care :) <3

    • laydee_A

       calm down. we know he’s awesome but don’t go overboard with it…

  • Jayda Graham

    Fuck The Haters , Get Your Paper Baby !

  • King.B`oVo.Xo

    Drake 10x realer then most rappers in the game, Ovo.xa till i overdose. Take care haterz

  • King.B`oVo.Xo

    ovo.xo* typed to quit lol

  • Nadia

    of course cause you #1 on the charts!

  • laydee_A

    what’s so refreshing about drake is that he’s not what you would call your typical rapper- at least not from how he looks. that’s probably why he’s got so many people mad cuz even from the way he presents himself, it’s all just so effortless.

  • Wendy

    Fuck all them haterz drizzy..they can all suck a nutt!! >:[ ha by theee way I love u drake!! Can’t wait to see u in denver!! :] <3

  • just fell in love a little bit more ♥

  • i think i just fell in love a little bit more! ♥

  • even his reply to his haters are CLEVER! drizzy drake all the way! RESPECTTT!

  • My favorite Hip-Hop artist by far. Lots of respect. 

  • Tiffany

    Don’t sip syrup Drake it’s dangerous!  #DrakeLove

  • #teamDrake

    thats right bae! lol
    fuck em!