Drake Smolders On GQ’s April Cover [PHOTOS]
GQ chose Drake of Young Money to cover April 2012’s issue. Claire Hoffman headed over to the San Fernando Valley to pay a visit to the hip-hop sensation for an interview.
On His Relationship With His Father:
Drake spoke up about his relationship with his father who left him at the young age of 5. “Me and my dad are friends. We’re cool. I’ll never be disappointed again, because I don’t expect anything anymore from him. I just let him exist, and that’s how we get along,” he shared. “We laugh. We have drinks together. But I spent too many nights looking by the window, seeing if the car was going to pull up. And the car never came.”
On The Modern Rap Genre:
He even admitted his views on the rap genre today, saying it’s “just being young and fly and having your s**t together. The mood of rap has changed…Some of my favorite rappers, some of my heroes—DJ Screw, Aaliyah—there might be like 200 pictures of them because there was no Internet. Whereas with us, it’s like every moment is documented.”
On Women & ‘Feeling Small':
“I’m trying to find the same feelings that I had for women when I had very little going on, which is tough,” he said as he opened up about his current love life, “When I was in my mom’s house, I had nowhere to go, no real obligations. My girlfriend at the time, if she was mad at me, my day was all f****d up. I didn’t have anything else.” He even added that his problems back in the day aided him when he wrote his music. “That feeling is hard to capture when you’re sitting out here in a space like this. It’s really difficult for me to find something that makes me feel small.”
On His Past:
Drake shared his old lifestyle as a teenager with GQ. “I was in that sort of ‘I’m young, I’m going to disconnect from my emotions and just do what everyone else tells me I should do and just be a rapper and have my fun.’ And for me as a person, it just doesn’t work. I just need something else.”
Pick up GQ’s April 2012 issue, featuring Drake, on shelves now.