TORONTO, CANADA native Rapper/Producer/Actor AUBREY DRAKE DRAKE GRAHAM covers the new issue of The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Magazine!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
On the intensity of his own schedule:
"This interview is kind of early for me. My wheels just start spinning faster than most people's at that hour," says the 31-year-old rapper-musician and former teen actor, dressed in a navy blue tracksuit and plain white Nikes. "It's best for me to find an atmosphere that's quiet. I don't like a lot of people around when there's a task at hand."
On how he self-identifies and his relationship with his Mom:
On the beginnings of his show business career:
"Obviously, everything's for a reason. I met this kid whose dad was an agent. I got the audition for Degrassi. And I started going to a school for kids with outside commitments [in the arts and sports]. I met a lot of people from a different [more economically diverse] side of the city. My friends changed at that point, and I started coming into my own and finding myself."
On why TORONTO will always be home:
"I can get in the car in Toronto and drive and go do my own thing. I know the streets. I know everywhere. I know everyone."
On the longevity of his career as a rapper:
"I'm sure I'll stop [making music] one day," says Drake of rapping. "When it starts to feel like I'm making it up. Hopefully I'll catch it before I ever get there, right? But right now it feels like we just started, so I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. But I do plan on expanding — to take six months or a year to myself and do some great films. Music's always there."
On shattering the glass ceiling of popular beliefs on how ultimately successful a rapper should be able to become:
"Being a young black guy, I think there's definitely the chance to get typecast. But I also have been pretty adamant about showing range. I try to show it through different outlets, like Saturday Night Live, showing people that I can be funny," he says of his well-reviewed hosting gigs, during which he poked fun at his various beefs. "When I get back into acting, I want to do things that make people go, 'Wow, I didn't expect that.' Like, it's nice to hear you say, 'You know, I didn't expect you to like those things,'"