Drake Covers ‘Paper’ Magazine; Talks Haters, His Looks & More

Published: Tuesday 20th Jul 2010 by Sam

Hip-Hop heavyweight Drake features on the cover of the September issue of Paper magazine. In his accompanying feature, the Young Money star touches upon a number of topics, including his looks, negative blog comments, overexposure and more. An interesting read.

His comments after the jump…{spotted over at The YBF}

On negative blog comments:

“I definitely haven’t said this before, but I stopped going on a computer. I have a problem where if I go read a hundred positive things about me and there’s one guy in there who says ‘I hate Drake’ that’s the one I pay attention to. I think that’s a common problem. Negativity hurts us more than positivity helps us. I asked about 10 or 20 people around me, ‘When’s the last time you went on a website and commented on something, like a song dropped and you went on and said, ‘That song is hot’ or ‘That song is terrible?’ And everyone I asked around me, whose opinions I respect, the people I love, were like, ‘I’ve never done that before.’ And these are all level-headed, intelligent people whose opinion I respect, so I just started saying to myself, ‘It takes a certain type of individual to really participate in a group discussion about someone else, especially if they’re going super hard with consistent hate.”

On his music drawing fans instead of his looks:

“It’s funny — the thing that I hear the least is ‘Drake makes bad music.’ People always have something to say about the way I look or the way I dress. People nitpick at my physical appearance more than my music, which is fine with me because when I look in the mirror, I know I’m not an unattractive person”

On playing President Obama:

“I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal [laughs]. I watch all the addresses. Anytime I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel, I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions. Slowly but surely, I’m not in the study mode because nobody’s called me about anything, but I just pay attention so when the day comes I’m not scrambling to learn how to speak like him. I want to be involved in great film projects. I don’t want to do the basketball movie that everyone does. I don’t want to do the typical black film that everyone expects. I think that I have enough experience to actually be involved in a real meaty project full of substance.”

On keeping calm:

“I wake up and I’m scared to flip my phone over because I don’t know what songs have leaked or what some girl has said what about me. I don’t let it show because I care too much about the people around me and I need them to feel like I’m solid. No matter how much I may be going crazy inside, I always keep my composure for the sake of the people around me”

Drake certainly deserves kudos for being a much-needed breath of fresh air on the Hip-Hop scene (both musically and with his perspectives). However, his comments pertaining to blogs – while baring some truth – seem a little uninformed. Drake, much like the majority music industry, seem to neglect the fact that the ‘blogs’ are the best focus group (researching platform) they could ever ask for. Yes, there will always be a fair amount of smack-talking, but where else can labels, managers, and artists themselves, get a direct feel for what the very consumers who purchase music are liking and disliking? The internet no doubt has its pro’s and con’s, yet the sooner the industry embraces the many ways they can use it to their advantage the better.

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  1. ~TeAM WeeZY~ July 20, 2010

    I actually forgot he was an actor for a minute, but I would have to see him in some REAL acting roles to determine if he’s really great at it. I would actually love to see him doing more acting after his new music/tours die down. That’ll be interesting to see. I’m starting to like Drake more and more.

  2. tuckpoo July 20, 2010


  3. KNUCK July 20, 2010

    I agree with the first post. I want to see Drake do more acting because he took the music world by storm and I feel that a lot of his hype is deserved; he has a good grip on making quality music.

    I also think Drake is about as good of a role model as it gets in hip-hop or in the music industry PERIOD. and I’m a big R&B head. I’m all about singing, not so much into rap unless it’s substantial. But he is the male Lauryn Hill.. as close to it as we have now. He can’t quite sing on the same level as he rhymes and he didn’t create a classic first album tho. But I really endorse him 🙂

  4. KNUCK July 21, 2010

    OH and as far as the bog comment, idk – that’s how he feels. Some celebs feel the same as him. I think I would still read the blogs if I made it to that level. and I would still comment! lol

    I think bloggers always feel some kinda way when celebs say they would rather stay away from the negativity but Sam and Trent KNOW they be draggin people for no reason on here. and a lot of times the negative comments are crazy people under different names. Also the haters tend to comment more than the people who like it or are indifferent. The stats are kinda skewed.

  5. Danielle July 21, 2010


  6. TheBaddestBitch July 21, 2010

    He better enjoy her success because her second album which will not have that crazy hype will flop hard

  7. carlababy July 21, 2010

    Drake as Obama? NO lol! Will SMith needs to play Obama, Drake still needs some more roles before he gets that big of a role lol. Yeah you played Jimmy good but im gonna need to see more. I love Drake and am rooting for him!

  8. kekeluvsu_LeToya Luckett STAN July 21, 2010

    I def. understand what he is saying. It takes a certain kind of person to actually read s*** about them. It’s called a tough skin which eventually he’ll get in the industry we call music. Not saying he doesn’t have a tough shell, it’s just that he is fresh in the game and eventually he’ll be even tougher.

    Great read. 🙂

  9. Dane July 21, 2010

    F*** this clown…….this R&B singer…he is not hip hop….and OBAMA n**** please…

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