Curving around the Skirball Center at NYU on September 22nd was a massive line, which only signified that Drake’s presence was about to grace campus. A collection of NYU students and non-students began covering LaGuardia Place as early as 6:00 AM, ensuring that they would land a spot up close to the former Degrassi actor, object of Amanda Bynes’ affection, and “Nothing Was The Same” rapper, Drake.
With intensifying energy, the “Hold On We’re Going Home” artist captivated the Skirball stage with Elliot Wilson for the fifth installment of the journalist’s #CRWN series. The roaring energy didn’t appear as a surprise for audience members, as tickets for the interview sold-out within minutes. Wilson and Drake took time to deeply discuss “Nothing Was The Same,” the competition fueling rap, his family relationships, and of course, his Judaism. Drake began the evening by pouring a mother a glass of champagne; he truly does epitomize the ‘Nice Jewish Boy’ archetype.
For 90-minutes, Drake stripped down his walls with his realness. Tackling immense questions, Drake revealed to the audience he wants to do an album in which he only sings, that “Pound Cake” was originally for “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” that he has unreleased music with Aaliyah, and that he doesn’t want to discuss history, but wants to focus on the present.
“People ask me ‘if this your best album?’ I tell ‘em my best album is my next album,” Drake announced to the crowd. Constantly looking toward his next production, Drake admitted that he began working on “Nothing Was The Same” about 2-3 weeks after “Take Care.”
Addressing Drake’s survivor mentality, Wilson didn’t stray from questioning what everyone was thinking: his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar’s dis-riddled and freestyle “Control” verse. Drake didn’t shy away from – cautiously – expressing his thoughts. Though he admitted he saw Lamar “five days later at the VMAs,” and “it was all love,” he did question the verse’s longevity. The 26-year-old turned to the audience and stated that the verse was “a moment to talk about,” and asked Wilson if he could remember how the verse begins and rhetorically asked: “Are you listening to it now?” The responsive silence echoed sufficiently.
Perhaps the most honest conversation occurred throughout discussing his family. Drake previously embraced vulnerability upon giving a disclaimer prior to his performance on Jimmy Fallon (“I just want to say to my friends and family, I want the best for everybody. I love you all.”). Concerning the disclaimer, Drake revealed: “At the end of the day, I want a lot more for my mother. She’s 66, that scares me…I made that disclaimer because I wanted her to know how much I love her in front of the whole world.”
The conversation accelerated from him admitting that he enjoys online jokes about himself, proclaiming that Twitter is “not real,” and that he wants to “venture away from what everyone expects.”
Myspace has begun airing Drake’s three part NYU interview.
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