Drake Covers XXL Magazine’s 150th Issue / Talks New Album, His Image & More

Published: Wednesday 7th Aug 2013 by Sam

2013 is shaping up to be a major year for Hip-Hop titan Drake.

Having brought heat to the streets with buzz cut ‘Started From The Bottom’ and this week debuting new single ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’, the Canadian MC is charging ahead full steam with new album ‘Nothing Was The Same’.

Due September 17th, the hotly anticipated set receives a major promo spot in the 150th edition of XXL Magazine.

Not only does the 26-year-old appear on the coveted cover, he waxes all sorts of honest about the pressure of this particular project, making a mark amidst other major releases, his image, Jewish heritage, Amanda Bynes, and much more.

Peep quotable after the jump…

I remember coming into this year thinking, “How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?” I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to. I think I am going for it, to really establish what are murmurs or things being said quietly, “Um, I think that Drake might actually…” On September 17th I want people to be like, “Oh, we were right.”

Do I think that if I didn’t have, for lack of a better term, a unique look about me, if I was from somewhere in America and if I hadn’t been on a kids TV show [Degrassi: The Next Generation], would I be as famous? I don’t know, man. Honestly, I don’t think so. I was just some young kid on a TV show. And I haven’t become anything else while I’ve been in this position. It’s not like I got here and was like, “Oh, got to switch up my image.” I don’t wake up nervous. I feel like maybe a lot of these guys do. How old are you, really? What is your background, really? What have you really done in the drug game, in the thug game?

It’s tough for me. That’s a guy I can’t pretend not to like. He’s the guy to me, in a lot of ways. That’s Kanye West. But I’m also here to be the best. I’m here to surpass. I’m here to outdo. I’m ready for whatever with anybody.

I get Jewish people coming up to me proud like, “Mazel Tov, bro. Come to my house for Shabbat dinner.”

I don’t even know who that is doing that or what that’s about. If that is her, I guess it’s a little weird and disturbing. It’s obviously a behavioral pattern that is way bigger than me. Whoever is behind it, whether it’s her or somebody else, they know people are paying attention so they keep it going.



Drizzy always makes for a great interviewee. Here’s hoping his album makes for an equally engaging listen.

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  1. Daniel Teflon August 7, 2013

    Not sure what’s wrong in his face but he serves me Alien Tea’s. Not sure why but I guess whatever floats the kids boats!!

    • Chile Please!! August 7, 2013

      I’m not sold on his looks at all….but It’s scary for me to say that he actually looks KINDA cute here…..but her music NOT SO MUCH!

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    • ~The Arcade~ August 7, 2013

      LOL! Too much contouring going on… I guess

  2. Chile Please!! August 7, 2013

    Sorry……I won’t be checking for this one….I can’t do a whole album of Ms. Aubrey….she’s only a person good to throw on a song with someone else & call it a day. NEXT!

    • JJFan1814 August 7, 2013

      Chile you’ll be part of the minority. No worries. He will do extremely well without your coins. :]

    • KARMA August 7, 2013

      You a broke b**** anyway

      • Chile Please!! August 7, 2013

        Ohhh wow…..I guess having your own apt., car & a good paying job makes me broke…that’s alot for telling me I’m broke…I didn’t know you knew me or ANYTHING about me period! GTFOH!! Ya’ll just mad because I don’t see Ms. Aubrey! One monkey don’t stop no show…so I’m sure she will sell & NO Ms. Aubrey will never get my hard earned coins….now both of you young breast milk babes go to your sucking post & keep nursing. ***PUMPS AWAY***

      • Chile Please!! August 7, 2013

        ***THANKS ALOT***

  3. JJFan1814 August 7, 2013

    I have a feeling this may be the f****** album of the year. Take Care still slays me. Started From The Bottom, All Me, & Hold On, We’re Going Home has given me life.

    F***, I’m ready.

  4. Rihking August 7, 2013

    S*** as hell I would have him ruin my whole YASS

    • ♪►Muzzac◄♪ August 7, 2013

      B**** first learn how to spell the correct HOLE you are talking about.

    • TurntUp4Cici August 7, 2013

      B**** said whole!

      • Rosie August 7, 2013

        Ci errors a flop deal…

  5. Beyawnce August 7, 2013

    Another album about how a girl did him wrong

  6. jfkasy August 8, 2013

    His nose is too big for his skin colour. Anyway though, i think he is really hunky, in a street urchin ‘bad boy’ kinda way that is.

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