Young Money star Drake opens up about people’s misconceptions of himself and how he ultimately hopes to be remembered as a hip-hop entertainer in the new GQ Magazine.
When asked what he hoped people would quit saying about him, Drizzy admitted the perception of being an overly emotional artist tops his list.
“That’s tough. I wish that we lived in a time and a generation where people would stop viewing my honesty as overly emotional,” Drake said. “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good. I’m a man. I want to be remembered as an artist that gave you a piece of me, as opposed to some surface bullsh*t. I don’t think people realize that we die, we leave here, and either they forget about you or remember you. And how they remember you is up to you. I just want to be remembered as a poet that was open and honest because I wake up every morning and I’m me.” (GQ)
Last month, Drizzy talked about not focusing too much energy on how people view him.
“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)
In September, Young Money affiliate Jason Stein shared his input on Drake’s image being made fun of.
“Drake is a very emotional rapper, bordering R&B melodrama, and was a child actor,” Stein posits. “When you couple that with being on the Young Money label, which is considered a pretty tough group, and his swagger or braggadocio, there’s are unusual juxtaposition that people start to question, and then poke fun at.” (E! Online)
Over the summer, Drake discussed embracing emo music.
“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 a recent Drake interview below: