For XXL’s 16th anniversary and 150th issue, they have chosen none other than Toronto Hip-Hop heavyweight Drake, to grace the cover. In the feature interview with Thomas Golianopoulos, Drake gives us an honest take on the current state of his career, and the hurdles he faces on the heels of releasing his upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same.
ON THE COMPETITION:
It’s tough for me. That’s a guy I can’t pretend not to like. He’s the guy to me, in a lot of ways. That’s Kanye West. But I’m also here to be the best. I’m here to surpass. I’m here to outdo. I’m ready for whatever with anybody.
ON THE NEW ALBUM:
I remember coming into this year thinking, “How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?” I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to. I think I am going for it, to really establish what are murmurs or things being said quietly, “Um, I think that Drake might actually…” On September 17th I want people to be like, “Oh, we were right.”
ON HIS SUCCESS:
I get Jewish people coming up to me proud like, “Mazel Tov, bro. Come to my house for Shabbat dinner.”
Also in the 150th issue of XXL is a master list of the 150 most important people, places and things in hip-hop during the XXL era. The 150th issue (September 2013) of XXL Magazine hits newsstands on August 20th.