Drake Speaks On Being An Icon For This Generation, Walking Out Of A Vibe Interview & Sipping Syrup

 

Drake is one of the most successful rapper to come out in the last decade. With two platinum albums under his belt and fans across the globe Drizzy is doing his thing.

 

He also has high aspirations. During a recent visit to the UK, Drake sat down with the Guardian to talk about wanting to be an icon, recreational drug use, his critics and handling bad interviews.


On walking out of an interview with Vibe.

"I didn't like the way I was treated," he says. "They ran this story about how I'm the most bitter guy, and my life is in turmoil. And I'm, like, a very happy 25-year-old kid living an amazing life. They tried to put a damper on my character, I guess because I didn't play according to their rules."


On saying he was the rap Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley on the song "Lord Knows."

"I didn't really say I was the rap Hendrix or Marley, I said I was the descendant," he corrects, smiling at the tenuous distinction. "Because I feel like that's what I want to be for this generation: iconic. That's the purpose I want to serve on this earth. I want my words to be remembered in 10, 15 years."


On his critics.

"I can't lie to you, I read what they have to say and it's ... character-building." He used to find it mortally wounding. "There have been times when a negative comment about me would be the be all and end all, and I'd wonder, Why do you hate me so much? Why would you tell me that you want to kill my mom or see me dead?  "It's scary for me to say this on record," he says, "but artists are only human, and we seek validation like everyone else. You just have to come to the conclusion that it's OK, there are going to be people who like you and people who don't. Luckily there are millions of people who love me and a few who don't."


On smoking weed and sipping syrup.

"Have I sipped codeine before?" he asks for me. "Yeah, of course. Have I smoked weed? Yes. Do I drink wine? Yes. But do I do it excessively? No. I'm not a reckless guy. I do it all within moderation. I'm not into drugs." He realizes what he has just said, and bursts out laughing, as do his crew. "I mean any outside the ones I just mentioned. Nah, that's not me. I care too much about what I have. I'm not going to throw it away for that."

 

 

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Comment by Ken Allen on March 30, 2012 at 11:01am
no no no wait...get this clear YOU aint no icon..ok? Pac B.I.G snoop Eazy Ice cube Dre Ren and a whole lot more i wont be able to mention are the ICONS arigth?...you got a long way to go yet
Comment by Lee Davis on March 30, 2012 at 9:36am
Dude is funny I'll give him that. For vibe: based on his songs I would've concluded that too. He complains constantly about women who dissed him and left him and about how sad he is. And if some guy threatened your mom- you should have sent your goons to their place not that tattoo artist. Oh Aubrey. You're ok though.
Comment by stringer on March 30, 2012 at 8:56am
he a amazing artist camera shy af lol and consistant but I ain't like goes and round the bush about drugs ni*ga your songs display em......trying to be a rapper/singer/icon and role model?? choose a path and stick to it
Comment by T.T.S. on March 30, 2012 at 8:38am
'Icon'? ROTFLMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Comment by Rdot on March 30, 2012 at 8:35am
The little Richard of Rap
Comment by Ikemefuni Donald Eku on March 30, 2012 at 8:15am
Hue Jastle...you are certainly right!....nothing more..
Comment by Hue Jastle on March 30, 2012 at 7:39am
trust me... years down the line... MC hammer and vanilla ice will still be more recognized than drake will
Comment by Hue Jastle on March 30, 2012 at 7:33am
how is he going to be an Icon when he is one of the most spineless f****** who never has an opinion on anything... ou think Bob Marley got to icon status by playing it safe?
Comment by Hue Jastle on March 30, 2012 at 7:31am
an icon? that is the problem with these fake a** artists... like him and kanye... they think because they can rap about being an icon or a voice of a generation that that makes it true... Bob Marley or Jimi Hendrix never called themselves anything... never said they wanted to be anything... they let their art do their talking and the public put them where they ended up... these guys are phonies
Comment by GT on March 30, 2012 at 6:57am
Drake is cool but I miss the old 'So Far Gone' and 'ComeBack Season' Drake.



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