PRINT: Drake Covers July Issue Of GQ

Drake (@Drake) smiles away as he covers the July issue of GQ. In his segment he speaks on his Nothing Was The Same album, the Chris Brown beef situation. Aubrey also states he wants his album to be the one we listen to all summer. With no date confirmed yet, we can only hope. Read a short glimpse of his interview below, or read the whole thing in the mag which is on shelves now. Shouts to Complex.

On other rappers hating on him:
“You notice they don’t criticize the music itself, though…I’m okay with that.”

On being abstinent, sort of:
“You know the way fighters don’t fuck before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party.”

On Chris Brown drama:
“I hear he has everything he could want now. I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down. If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly…Like, it gets really dark.”

On love:
“[Will Smith said] It’s not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way…I’ve made a lot of music about love being the only thing I’m missing. I think this is the first album I’ve made saying, ‘I’m okay, I’m enjoying it right now.’ Maybe this is my time to grind it out, make a run for it, and add some memories with my boys.”

On “Started From The Bottom:”
“I think a lot of people wish their favorite rapper wrote it—as if a song like that should be gangster—but I was the one who wrote it, and everyone has their bottom.”

"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 int he 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.”

On Nothing Was The Same:
“This is my fucking moment to say if I wanted to rap all the time, really rap, I would, but I also love to make music. I’ll do this for you right now. But it’s for me, too. It’s my story…I’m trying to get back to that kid in the basement. To say what he has to say. And I’m trying to make it last.”

MIXTAPE: Azizi Gibson – “Ghost In The Shell”

Azizi Gibson (@AziziGibson) grabbed my attention when he dropped the visual for the title track from this tape, ever since I have been patiently waiting for the tape to hit the net and today we have it, the tape is soley produced by MiLLz & Jonathan Lowell. Dive in below. Fire.

Download: MIXTAPE: Azizi Gibson – “Ghost In The Shell”