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Drake Holds Lil Wayne’s Torch

“I could never classify Wayne as victim. He’s too strong to me. Wayne is who he wants to be. People don’t understand. It’s really not an act. Lil Wayne is a character you’ll rarely run across, probably for the existence of human beings. He is that guy. He is Lil Wayne for a reason. He’s a rock star, a visionary, a workaholic. He doesn’t function like anybody I know. He’s a rare breed.”

-Hip-hop phenom Drake, talking to MTV News’ Shaheem Reid about his mentor and label boss Lil Wayne, who just began a jail sentence stemming from a 2007 gun-possession charge. On the set of the video shoot for “Over,” a track from Drake’s forthcoming and hotly-anticipated album So Far Gone, Drake talked extensively about Weezy’s current predicament, and he insisted that fame had nothing to do with his situation. “We take precautions. All of us do. To be in the public eye and to be envied and have people who hate you and never have met you or have people who love you and tattoo your face on their body and never have met you, it’s an odd feeling for anybody,” he said.”

Still, Wayne’s troubles haven’t dissuaded Drake from getting deep into the rap game. In fact, he seems pretty empowered. “It’s a rush [for me]. I love it,” he told Reid. “It gets weird sometimes. So it’s just personal choices we all make. I never felt that threatened. I’m not sure what’s going through his head at the time. But Wayne has a reason for everything, always. I trust in Wayne. I believe in Wayne. He’s gonna be all right.”