Drake recently opened up for cameras in a rare interview, documenting his early life and journey toward fame in a video documentary series produced by The FADER to support Sprites Obey Your Verse lyrical collection.
Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
In this interview, released today, Drake speaks about emerging from an underdog city, Internet culture, and raps increasingly level playing field. Coming up in Toronto, he explains, people told him to move to New York if he was serious about making it. Instead, he stayed where he was and made history by proving that if youre truly a multi-layered artist, you can make it from anywhere. Do it the way I did it, he says. Do it from where youre at. If you have the music, thats all it takes.
Drake’s short documentary is the first episode to be released in a four-part series, also documenting Nas, Isaiah Rashad, and Vince Staples.
From the episode:
On his hometown:
Toronto is the reason I do this. All I did was find a way to make people proud of our city. Artists from our city – their whole objective was to get out. So I just had to flip that way of thinking,” he says. “All these guys that are like, you gotta go to new york now to make it happen. No you don’t. That’s dead now. Do it the way the Weeknd did it, do the way PartyNextDoor did it, do it they way I did it. Do it where youre at. If you have the music, that’s all it takes.
On his competition in the music industry:
I’m not worried about these other rappers. I’m not competing with those guys. I already know their hand, I know their move — I study everything. I’m worried about the kid that’s sitting in his house who wants to be better than me and all those other guys. That’s who I’m worried about. That’s how I try to keep pushing us forward, just to let that kid know that I’m not done yet.
On how he handles negative criticism:
“Were in a weird time. Life is almost this ongoing forum. People can get so lost in these words displayed on the screen. Everyone just wants to chat, and comment, crack jokes. Effort thats put into doubt or hate when its that extreme? Its the same thing as love, man. Theyre confused. Its not me.”
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