Young Money’s Drake recently opened up about his new Nothing Was The Same album and why, specifically, he is getting a bit sick and tired of people looking at him as overly emotional.
Despite his craving for slowed down beats and sentimental anthems, Drizzy said people should distinguish music from his real life.
“There’s a victorious sentiment behind it, you know? I think the most important thing to understand about this record is the sentiment. I’m 26, working as hard as I possibly can with my friends that I grew up with, making my family happy. I’m so sick of people saying that I’m lonely and emotional, associating me with this longing for a woman. I hate that, man. It bothers me so much, because I do make music that feels something but I’m actually not that guy in real life. I’m a happy person. I make my music for the purpose of driving at nighttime.” (Q Radio)
Last year, the Young Money superstar delved into the emo topic.
“People calling me goth or emo or whatever is weird for me to hear because I really don’t hear that in my music.” Still, he has no plans to temper his emotions in his lyrics. “They want me to be more emotionally disconnected like them, so I drop the ball and fall off. That’s where the backlash comes from. They want you to under-deliver so badly, and when you don’t they can’t handle it.” (VIBE)
He previously said too much focus on altering his sound could have damaging effects.
“If I worried about how I’m gonna look saying this, then I wouldn’t make half the music I make,” Drizzy told MTV News. “People nitpick at me for being emotional or tapping into emotions, but like, man, we all die one day; that’s just how I want to be remembered…The running commentary or the jokes don’t really affect me, ’cause that’s what I’m going for — I don’t want to be a guy that blends in with all the other generic rap music. I want to be the guy that stood out and pinpointed life emotions for women, men, young people, old people or whatever it is. So I don’t trip, that’s what I want. I welcome it.” (MTV)
Coincidentally, the YMCMB crooner opened up about embracing emo music a few years ago.
“I only really know how to do one thing. I don’t know how to make generic songs about the struggle and things that aren’t about me, I just know how to make songs that are about me,” Drake told FADER writer Judnick Mayard. “If I make a song that’s emo or emotional, then I guess yeah, I’m going to stick to that. I make songs about my life, because if you want me to be honest with you, that’s the best way I know how. The things I’ve experienced and the things I’ve lived. That’s what I like to do.” (The FADER)
Check out Drake’s interview: