The Buzz| The most talked about new artist in Hip-Hop
The Makeup | Twenty two years of age. Canadian born. Actor/ Rapper/ Singer
The Hype | Best I Ever Had
Is there a reason you have done limited press? You are hot property right now?
Yeah I’m very selective with everything I do, but part of the reason is like a lot of people don’t really know how to get in touch with me. They have me working so hard in terms of touring and stuff that it’s so hard for me to get a moment to even sleep, you know? I’m always in the studio, and then when I’m not I’m trying to catch a necessary couple of hours sleep. So I mean it’s been a hectic few months.
Did you expect the mixtape to cause such an impact?
Well first of all I’d like to say thank you very much, I mean you could never say I expected it to happen or I expected it to ’cause this much of a frenzy and buzz but I’m very grateful for it. The best part about it for me is that the mixtape is very genuine to me, very authentic and very much who I am as a person. So for the audience to love it, that just lets me know that I can be myself in this game and continue to give them the most honest and pure form of Drake.
There’s a line in the mixtape where you say “Now the hipsters have to get on with the hood n****s.” What were you implying by that?
You know, I’ve come from a TV show [Degrassi] and I have worked with Lil Wayne, so I think my fan base is complied of a lot of different people. Like I got fans who listen to the Cool Kids and stuff like that, then real fans in the slums, like in New Orleans or in the hood. I got a letter in the mail the other day from a dude who’s in prison doing a stretch, and he’s talking about how my music gets him through. I don’t know how he got my music in jail but he says my music really speaks to him and like when I go to New Orleans to perform with Lil Wayne, I always get people from the hood coming up to me and showing their love. They love the joints that are about life, and that is my life but everyone can relate to it. When I’m doing shows I feel like they’re are so many different people there from so many different walks of life and I think it’s a great thing to be able to appeal to so many different things.
Has it been a hard transition from “Fitting In” to “Standing Out”?
I don’t know I mean writing about yourself it’s a methodical process, but often I feel more confident about myself. I’ve accepted all of the things that people may see as flaws or that I may see as flaws as a part of me. I think that before I was worried and tried to fit in; like in high school I was always trying to fit in. I was lost about who I was and now I stand out. I stand out as a young but aware and ready guy and that was the gist of that line. That transition is a big thing. [click to continue…]