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Drake On The Cover Of The 2012 Power Issue Of Toronto Life Magazine

Drake is featured on the cover of Toronto Life magazine for the month of December. This issue of Toronto Life has their top 50 influential people in Toronto, but of course that list can’t be complete with out having Drizzy.

Aubrey Drake Graham has gone international, but hasn’t dampened his crush on the city that raised him: he recently had a giant 416 tattooed on his torso, still keeps a condo at the St.Thomas, and gets his fade tightened by the same barber he went to when he was a Degrassi brat. He turned impresario with the Toronto OVO Fest, which stands for October’s Very Own. He champions Toronto’s next wave of hip-hop artists-giving up-and-comer The Weeknd a prime-time slot-and brings his megastar pals Eminem, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj and Snoop to headline. UP NEXT: OVO 2013 is headed for the 55,000-capacity Rogers Centre, which should be big enough to constrain the egos on the bill.

VIBE: Drake’s Featured Story In Feb/March 2012 Issue

Drake was suppose to cover the Feb/March issue of VIBE Magazine, but he wasn’t feeling the direction they were going with the wardrobe they had at the photoshoot. Either way Drake has a featured story inside this edition. Drake sat down with VIBE and discussed his career at this moment, “I’m very hard on myself,” Drake says. “I’m constantly striving for something beyond perfection.” Check out a preview of the featured story after the jump. To catch the entire story, grab an issue, which by the way features Nicki Minaj on the cover.

Tucked away in the wings backstage at the American Music Awards is where you’ll ?nd Aubrey Graham, aka Drake, rap’s reigning prince. As members of his entourage quietly shuf?e about and two actresses from the ABC hit Modern Family prepare to introduce him, he’s practicing “Headlines,” the song he’ll be performing before the music industry’s preening glitterati in a matter of minutes. Though The New York Times has just de- clared him “hip-hop’s center of gravity,” he still has the nervous energy of a newbie. Hopping about like a young ?ghter eager to enter the ring—mouthing his lyrics, pantomiming with his hands—you don’t see much more than his silhouette until it’s showtime. And when it is indeed that time, the lights blaze, the crowd roars and he bounds onstage.

It’s the rare bump in an otherwise remarkable and meteoric rise for the Canadian-born phenom, who made a major breakthrough three years ago with an original backstory (half Black, half Jewish Toronto-based child-actor-turned- leading-MC) and an even more compelling mixtape (2009’s So Far Gone). Thank Me Later, his of?cial ?rst album, not only announced his arrival, it established him as one of hip-hop’s brightest stars and one of the T-Dot’s leading cultural exports. Lil Wayne’s imprimatur, as well as cosigns from everyone from Jay-Z to Justin Bieber, all but ensured his success. As he crisscrossed the U.S. with Weezy during the I Am Music tour, he played the humble student to Wayne’s wizened sensei. “[On the tour bus] I was this quiet ?y on the wall,” he told me at the time. “I was too scared to even ask for my own bunk. I would sleep sitting up in a little corner.”

But when it comes to tossing off disses, Drake’s not above delivering his own veiled swipes these days. On “Dreams Money Can Buy,” he surveys the hip-hop landscape and decides he’s sorely disappointed by what he sees. “Lately it went from top ?ve to remain- ing ?ve,” he rhymes. “My favorite rappers either lost it or they ain’t alive.” He stops short of mentioning names, but doesn’t back away from his declaration. “I wasn’t in rap when I was idolizing a lot of these people,” he says. “But times change. People don’t sound the way they used to. It’s inevitable. Someday Drake won’t sound the way he used to. I’ll do anything in my power to still sound relevant, but unfortunately Drake may not. And yes,” he says with a chuckle, “I referred to myself in the third person.”

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Drake Featured In Recent Cosmopolitan Magazine Issue

Drake is featured in Cosmopolitan’s December/January issue, which is in stores now, he gave his thoughts on what men look for in women. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

At this age, what are you looking for in a woman ?

“I like a very specific brand of humor from a woman. I love that sarcastic kind of funny. To be outwitted is very sexy.”

What’s the best compliment a girlfriend could give you in this stage of your life?

“The best thing would be “You’re the type of guy I see myself with. That kind of compliment isn’t just about how she feels right now; it extends beyond today.”

As a 25 year-old, where do you go to meet women?

“I know guys who don’t want to meet someone at a bar. I’m not like that. Alot of great women go to bars.”