Having the first crack at Drake before the impending Nothing Was the Same promo campaign is something I’m sure GQ is honored to receive. And after revealing the cover to their upcoming issue, Gentlemen’s Quarterly puts up their full cover story. Which has the Toronto rapper speaking about Chris Brown, rappers taking shots (“You notice they don’t criticize the music itself, though…I’m okay with that.”), “Started From The Bottom” and his struggles growing up and drawing inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s 1978 double-album Here, My Dear.
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 in the 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. No—I’m grateful for that.
The conversation then leads to the studio where Drake and 40 discuss the new album, saying they are “four songs in” including a track called “Tuscan Leather” that writer Michael Paterniti describes below…
Drake graces the cover of GQ Magazine‘s July 2013 issue and in the cover story “How to Drake It in America,” Drizzy invites writer Michael Paterniti into his San Fernando Valley home to talk Nothing Was The Same, Chris Brown, sex not being a priority to him, and how he doesn’t really “live some crazy rapper life.”
Drake will be embarking on a 41-city tour titled, “Would You Like a Tour?” this fall and will bring along headliners Miguel and Future for the trek. The tour is set to kick off on September 25 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland with stops across the U.S. in Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Brooklyn. The nationwide journey will then close out at the Staples Center in L.A. on November 25. Tickets will go on sale this coming Friday through LiveNation and Ticketmaster.com. Drake will release his third studio album, Nothing Was The Same, later this year. Hit the jump for a complete list of the tour stops.
While performing at Hot 107.9 Atlanta’s 18th Birthday Bash celebration, 2 Chainz announced to the packed venue at the Phillips Arena that his new album will be titled B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, confirmed by Karen Civil who was in attendance. He then proceeded to bring Drake out where the two performed “No Lie” followed by solo performances of “No New Friends” and “Started From the Bottom.”
Speaking of video games, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is currently underway in Los Angeles, and Toronto’s favorite son was likely paid a great sum to show up dropped by to show his appreciation for EA’s upcoming installment of their FIFA series.
Inspired by the older Cash Money days, DJ Khaled and company shoot a visual his Suffering From Successsingle. And considering this is the video shoot that blessed us with the the behind-the-scenes shot of Drake in his Dada Supreme attire that helped spark so many classic memes, I have to ask… which one was y’all favorite?
Last night, Drake took to Twitter to reveal that the lovely Jhene Aiko will in fact be included on his upcoming album Nothing Was The Same. Who knows how the record will sound, but if it’s anything like “July” we’re in for a treat.
The NY Daily Times recently snapped a few photos of the filming of the highly-anticipated Anchorman sequel in NYC, and spotted amongst Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate on set is one rapper who already has his acting chops rooted, Drake. Looks like the once wheel-chair-bound actor will join the ranks of Kanye, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Harrison Ford, Sacha Baron Cohen, Liam Neeson, Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey and the rest of the original cast.
In what seems like every rapper’s second home, Aubrey took to Magic City’s new club STORY to do a “gig” (read: perform/lip-sync roughly four songs, sit in VIP for part of the night and collect a massive check for it all. Gotta love it), where he performed a couple familiar tracks.
Wayne and Drake with a middle finger salute to Mannie Fresh?
Mannie, who recently offered his two cents to ‘Shit announcing the Big Tymers were returning with Lil Wayne and Drake instead), is reciting the hook to “Still Fly” and doing the Texas Two-Step in his grave… SHAKE UPDATE: I’m still shaking my at this whole situation. Not because of my obvious distaste for one Bryan Williams but for the simple fact you can’t just replace half a group and still hold onto the name. Like Mannie said, it’s like doing having Jackson 5 reunion with Boyz II Men. We’d like to know your thoughts though? So jump to the comment section and leave your opinion.