When Google released its annual “Zeitgeist” list a few days ago, the 27-year-old rapper from Toronto was the second most googled person of 2013, after Miley Cyrus. Aubrey Drake Graham who is solely responsible for the “YOLO” phenomenon that’s taken over our lives appears on the newest cover of Vibe magazine discussing everything from the racism he experienced growing up black and Jewish to future fatherhood and the legacy he wants to leave behind.
Read some of the highlights from the interview below:
On growing up black and Jewish in Toronto:
I had friends from all walks of life, and there’s very little visible racism or profiling in Toronto, as far as law is concerned. The racism I experienced was being Jewish. Jewish kids didn’t understand how I could be black and Jewish, ’cause we’re all young. It was just stupid, annoying rich kids that were closed-minded and mean, so I dealt with that more than anything. But it had everything to do with being Jewish, not being black. Like, “Why is this guy having a bar mitzvah?” It was just tough for them to understand.
On proving to people that he’s one of the best in the game:
In my mind, I’m still fighting to convince you that I’m meant to be here. I just want people to love me like they love ‘Pac. I want people to remember I spoke from the heart and told the truth. It’s so crazy because while ‘Pac was here, he felt like everybody hated him. And that’s where that sh*t comes from. As much as I brush sh*t off, I don’t feel like people love Drake necessarily. I’m still human—I see a lot of love, tickets selling, people going crazy. But at the same time, it’s tough to just see that. I see the rest of it, too. I know I must be most-hated out here.
On his rapping style:
People f*cking love to sing, that’s what I never forget. But you can’t say my bars aren’t up there with the best of them. People keep challenging me about what real rap is. Is it the sh*t you know all the words to, or the shit that sounds fast and complex? I don’t have the answer. At the same time, I know I can do a couple things.
On his life motto:
It’s showtime. The lights are on. Chubbs—that’s my guy—he says, “The lights on you, what you gonna do?” That’s my life motto. “The lights are on me, so what am I gonna do?”
On his future goals:
I’ve achieved so much. I have new goals every day. I went to go see a house the other day I fell in love with. I can’t afford it. [Laughs] That sh*t’s expensive, on some [Mike] Tyson sh*t. The ultimate goal, that one never really changes. I wanna raise a family, be a good father. I don’t know, man. I’m not ready for all that. I just wanna be a good father. I don’t wanna not have time to do it. That’s far off.
On his legacy:
I just want people to look back one day, like, “That guy dictated so much in my life. He was the soundtrack.” I listen to my father and uncles talk about old soul that way. I just wanna be remembered as being honest. And I wanna be celebrated in my city.