Young Money’s Drake has revealed his top five favorite rappers of all-time in the upcoming issue of PEOPLE Magazine.
Based on a leaked excerpt, the Canadian-based emcee speaks on his musical heroes.
Lil Wayne: It’s hard as a rapper not to become repetitive, and he always has a new way to make it fun. Andre 3000: If I wasn’t myself, I would want to be that guy! Kanye West: I’ve never been so moved by a person’s entire career. He’s the guy I’ll tell my kids about. Nas: He influenced this album a lot. I had to break down how he raps. Jay-Z: You look at [other] rappers from his era, and they couldn’t transcend generations. But he’s still completely relevant. (All Things Fresh)
Earlier this year, Drake credited Nas and Andre 3000 for inspiring his debut album, Thank Me Later.
“It’s gonna be bigger, it’s gonna sound happier,” Drake said comparing his debut album to So Far Gone. “Yeah, it’s gonna sound bigger, it’s gonna sound victorious because that’s where I am in my life — I really studied Nas to be honest, Nas was like somebody that I used to listen to his raps and not really understand ‘how’ he did it, I always wanted to understand how he painted those pictures and his bar structure and all of that. I went back and really studied Nas, studied Andre 3000 [for this album] and I hope you like it.” (IM Flashy)
Last summer, Drake spoke on fearing Lil Wayne’s creativity.
“Someone would really have to come to the studio to see me and Wayne together and how we work,” Drake said in an interview. “It’s the same sort of thing. I fear Wayne’s creativity. It’s endless. It’s a scary beast. He never takes one day off. When we get into the studio it is very competitive, but in a good way. You can’t just use a line you wrote Tuesday. Every line has to be thought out.” (The Boom Box)
Recently, the rapper gave props to Kanye West and called his upcoming Kiss My A** album a classic.
The Canadian rapper-singer revealed to GQ magazine that he has been in Hawaii laying down tracks for both his and Mr. West’s albums. When asked how they divide time between the two projects, Drake joked, “More like we work on his album until he gets tired.” Little is known about West’s fifth studio effort, but the Young Money star offered his inside take. “His album is going to be one of the best hip-hop albums in the last 10 years,” he declared. (Rap-Up)
The new PEOPLE Magazine is set to drop June 28th.
Check out Drake speaking on Nas & Andre 3000 down below: