Drake covers the July, 2013 issue of GQ and in a cover story titled "How To Drake It In America", Drake sits down with Michael Paterniti and covers a wide range of topics.
The Nothing Was The Same tidbits start with the headline: a sample of Whitney Houston will be used, as well as one of Curtis Mayfield from a 1987 Montreux concert saying, "Having the same fears, shedding similar tears, and of course dying in so many years, it don't mean that we can't have a good life."
Here's what Drake also had to say about the album:
"This is my fucking moment to say if I wanted to rap all the time, really rap, I would, but I also love to make music. I'll do this for you right now. But it's for me, too. It's my story...I'm trying to get back to that kid in the basement. To say what he has to say. And I'm trying to make it last."
On "Started From The Bottom:"
"I think a lot of people wish their favorite rapper wrote it—as if a song like that should be gangster—but I was the one who wrote it, and everyone has their bottom."
"As for my whole story, I wouldn't change a thing. I've told bits and pieces of it—and I'll tell more. Maybe because I had friends who grew up in the hood, I could have acted like I had, too, and perpetrated a different lifestyle, and it would be eating away at me because it wouldn't be the truth. i'm actually here in front of you living the truth. I wake up int he morning and my heart is light, man. It's not heavy. I don't have skeletons in the closet on their way out. This is my real age, my real name, my real past, and I'm good with that."
On other rappers hating on him:
"You notice they don't criticize the music itself, though...I'm okay with that."
"You know the way fighters don't fuck before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I'm so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn't one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I'm down. But I'm not going to end up with some stranger at this party."
On Chris Brown:
"I hear he has everything he could want now. I don't want my name to be synonymous with that guy's name. I really don't. I wish we could sit down just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that's not going to happen. I'm not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I'm not going to back down. If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly...Like, it gets really dark."
"[Will Smith said] It's not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don't know if I've ever felt that way...I've made a lot of music about love being the only thing I'm missing. I think this is the first album I've made saying, 'I'm okay, I'm enjoying it right now.' Maybe this is my time to grind it out, make a run for it, and add some memories with my boys."
So there ya have it. More Drake news and tidbits below from the past 24 hours. *tips hat*Complex
Drake's announcement for hip hop fans, to add onto Jay-Z's bombshell during last night's halftime, is a new tour alongside Miguel & Future. He'll be busy from September to November across Canada and the U.S., undoubtedly playing new music from his upcoming album,Nothing Was The Same.
September 25 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden Arena
September 26 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
September 27 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
September 29 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
September 30 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
October 2 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
October 3 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
October 5 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
October 6 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
October 8 – Saint Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
October 9 – Chicago, IL – United Center
October 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
October 12 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 13 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
October 15 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
October 16 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
October 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center
October 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
October 21 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
October 22 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
October 26 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
October 27 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
October 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
October 30 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
October 31 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
November 2 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
November 3 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
November 5 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
November 6 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
November 7 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
November 9 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena
November 10 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
November 12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
November 13 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
November 16 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
November 18 – Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Arena
November 19 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
November 21 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
November 22 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
As the headline reads, Drake is almost done recording his upcoming third album, Nothing Was The Same, as he reveals in this interview with Media Pipeline after a suprise performance with 2 Chainz in the latter's native home of Atlanta. Looks like we're on track for the album's release later this summer.
In other rumblings this weekend, do we have a Chief Keef x Drake collab on the way? Here's the tweet from Sosa himself that raises the question.
DJ Khaled "No New Friends" f/ Drake, Rick Ross, & Lil Wayne [Music Video]
off the upcoming album, 'Suffering From Success'
The "No New Friends" video has hit the interwebs after premiering on the MTV networks this morning. The big question: how does Drake's DaDa fashion come across in the video? Does the "May 15 1996" VHS style overlay make a difference? (Naw.) It's kind of odd how scenes were both current and from 1996 (when none of them knew each other). I get what they were trying to do, but I think it falls a little short. What do you think of the Colin Tilley-directed visual?
Drake had a "Mama we made it!!!" moment when he saw the iconic lyric to "Started From The Bottom" on a pack of Taco Bell Fire Sauce. Love those quotes on the sauce packet and it strangely but accurately gives the lyric yet another meaning, ha!
But that's not all: today's #FunnyMomentsInHipHop post includes a funny Vine I also saw while surfing the social medias... "Bitch Don't Kill My Vine" featuring Bill Cosby. Hahaha. If you didn't think Vine is awesome already, now you should.
Executive Produced by Greg "G.O." Owens, Columbus' young star, ZAE, rises with his long awaited "Headphones & A Plastic Cup 2" setting the bar high, he comes out with nothing but hard hitting bars and deep lyrics. Determined to take over the music scene in his city and jump start a movement, he reps hard for Columbus and spares life in his way. This is a must have!!!!!
01. The Return (Headphones & Plastic Cup 2) [Prod. Casskid]