10 Things We Learned About Drake from His New York Times Profile

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Music


Published on June 11, 2010 with 5 Comments

Love him or hate him, you can’t escape him. Drake is everywhere. And as his buzz grows so does the media hype. If you haven’t seen Jon Caramanica’s New York Times profile on Drake, it’s well worth a read. I know you’ll never read it, so I went ahead and extracted 10 bits of juicy details from the piece. Here are 10 things you may not have known about the kid.

LeBron James tried to hook him up with Halle Berry’s cousin
“Drake checked his phone and laughed. He was texting with someone he was pretty certain was Halle Berry; LeBron James, a close friend, thought he’d be a great match for Ms. Berry’s cousin, and Ms. Berry seemed to be feeling him out.”

He faked it till he made it
Caramanica observes that Drake was “testing out the rapper lifestyle, spending money — some from “Degrassi,” some borrowed from family and friends — out of step with his actual earning. He leased a Rolls-Royce Phantom, parking it on the street outside the family’s apartment, much to his mother’s chagrin. “Who drives a Phantom and doesn’t have a place to park it?” Ms. Graham remembers asking her son. “And what’s even more embarrassing is we owe so much money and we have so many debts and bills.”

He had a bar mitzvah
“He and his mother were living in Forest Hill, a well-to-do, heavily Jewish neighborhood on the north side of Toronto, where he attended local schools, often the only black student in sight. His mother is white and Jewish, and Drake had a bar mitzvah.”

His exotic background makes him a catch in the music biz
“The fact that he has a background that differs from your prototypical rap artist — from Toronto, multiracial, the fact that he was a child actor — corporate America, they’re attracted to that,” said Shawn Gee, Drake’s business manager.

He’s the new face of hip-hop
Caramanica writes that Drake has become part of hip-hop’s DNA, leapfrogging any number of more established rappers. Guess who agrees with him? “I’m where I truly deserve to be,” Drake said over quesadillas at the hotel’s lobby bar. “I believe in myself, in my presence, enough that I don’t feel small in Jay’s presence. I don’t feel small in Wayne’s presence.”

He’s the offspring of a Jay-Z-Weezy-Yeezy orgy
“When Thank Me Later is released this week, it will cement Drake’s place among hip-hop’s elite. It’s a moody, entrancing and emotionally articulate album that shows off Drake’s depth as a rapper, a singer and a songwriter, without sacrificing accessibility. That he does all those things well marks him as an adept student of the last 15 years: there’s Jay-Z’s attention to detail, Kanye West’s gift for melody, Lil Wayne’s street-wise pop savvy.”

The second verse of “Fireworks” is about Rihanna
It’s no news that Drake loves to write about the women in his life. He’s the Taylor Swift of rap. Thank Me Later is stuffed with details of Drake’s past relationships, particularly on “Resistance” and “Fireworks.” Caramanica notes that the latter sports a verse about Rihanna, who asked Drizzy to pen a song for her new album last year. You might recall that Rihanna was hopping around with Drake after the Chris Brown beatdown. “The two soon began seeing each other regularly, though they never publicly confirmed their brief relationship.”

Rihanna left him cunt struck
“I was a pawn,” Drake said. The song he wrote for her never got released. “You know what she was doing to me? She was doing exactly what I’ve done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear,” he said. “I was like, wow, this feels terrible.”

He’s a dead man in Toronto
“I feel unsafe in Toronto at all times,” Drake said. “I’m a one of one. There’s no one else you can hate as much as me if you hate money, or you hate success.”



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  1. “Rihanna left him cunt struck”

    Breakfast –> computer monitor. Thanks Riz… :D

  2. “Rihanna left him cunt struck”

    Breakfast –> computer monitor. Thanks Riz… :D

  3. That’s what you get for eating in front of the computer.

  4. That’s what you get for eating in front of the computer.

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