Aubrey Drake Graham, known simply as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.
Sometimes It's The Journey That Teaches You A Lot About Your Destination.
I Wake Up In The Morning And My Heart Is Light, Man. It's Not Heavy. I Don't Have Skeletons In The Closet On Their Way Out.
I Push Myself In A Lot Of Aspects When I Write A Song. I Write A Piece And Where Most People Would Stop And Say, 'Oh, That's The Hook Right There,' I'll Move That To The First Four Bars Of The Verse And Do A New Hook.
I Feel That When You Care About Your Music, Taking Risks Is Something You Should Do To Keep Things Exciting.
I've Never Been Reckless - It's Always Calculated. I'm Mischievous, But I'm Calculated.
'Perfection' To Me Is, I Walk Away From A Situation And Say, 'I Did Everything I Could Do Right There. There Was Nothing More That I Could Do.' I Was A Hundred Percent, Like The Meter Was At The Top. There Was Nothing Else I Could Have Done. You Know? Like, I Worked As Hard As I Possibly Could Have. That's Perfection.
My Life Is Mine To Remember.
I Try To Really Capitalize Off Of What Other Rappers Really Can't Do. There Are Opportunities That Rappers I Love Simply Can't Get, Because... You Know... I Don't Have The Tattoos; I Have A Different Image.
My Dad Is A Great Writer. Naturally Talented, Naturally Charming. He Embodies That Back-in-the-day Cool.
I Like Sweaters. I Have A Sweater Obsession, I Guess.
Kanye West Is My Favorite Artist.
I'm Mischievous, But I'm Calculated.
My Mother Made Me Truly Appreciate Women.
When I Think Of Myself, I Think Of Toronto. My Music Would Never Sound The Way It Does If It Weren't For Toronto.
I Like Ryan Gosling As An Actor. I Watch All Of His Movies, And He's Canadian And I Just Like His Swag. I Read His Interviews And I'm A Big Fan Of His.
I'd Rather Tell You How I Really Feel.
I'm Actually A Very Honest Person, And Sometimes I End Up Like, 'Man, I Said Too Much.' It's Hard For Me Not To Tell The Truth When You Ask Me.
You Do Get Certain Publications In The States Where, If Things Don't Go According To Plan, They Flip The Story And It Becomes Very Negative.
When It Comes To Knowing What To Say, To Charm, I Always Had It.
I Don't Measure My Success Anymore By The Grammys. I Can't Because I'll Just End Up Crushed.
Reviews Condition People. At The End Of The Day, A Lot Of Human Minds Are Malleable. They Can Be Easily Shaped With Strong Words.
Me And My Dad Are Friends. We're Cool. I'll Never Be Disappointed Again, Because I Don't Expect Anything Anymore From Him. I Just Let Him Exist, And That's How We Get Along.
When You're On The Road And Moving City To City, When Someone Isn't There At The End Of The Night, You Feel Empty.
Rappers Aren't The Really Rich Ones. We All Have Nice Houses With Studios And Cars, But You Need A Piece Of Someone's Business To Be Super Wealthy.
There Are A Lot Of Good Women In New York.
When I'm Writing, I'm Thinking About How The Songs Are Going To Play Live. Fifty Bars Of Rap Don't Translate Onstage. No Matter How Potent The Music, You Lose The Crowd. They Want A Hook; They Want To Sing Your Stuff Back To You.
I'm Not Going To Lie; Listen, I'm Nice At Basketball.
Trying To Meet New Women, It's Always A Little More Difficult As Opposed To Calling Somebody I Knew That's Single And Trying To Rebuild That Connection.
Jealousy Is Just Love And Hate At The Same Time.
I Feel Connected To My Generation Through The Music, But I Also Fear For Us. We're In A Very Self-destructive State Where We're Addicted To Outside Opinions And We All Feel Like We Have Fans.
I'm Dying To Be A Great Dad One Day, Whenever That Day Comes.
People Like To Build Their Own Story About My Life. I Don't Know If It Makes Them Feel Better, Or If It Makes It Okay For Them To Not Like Me, But The Last Thing I Grew Up As Was Rich.
There Will Be Days When I Walk In An Arena And People Will Cheer And Then There Might Be Days When I Walk In An Arena And People Might Boo, But It All Sounds The Same To Me Because It's All Just Noise That Lets Me Know That I'm Relevant.
You Know, There Are Artists Who Are 35 And Up That Still Make Rap And That Still Works For Them. I Don't Know If I Want To Be That Guy.
Surface R&b Doesn't Work Any More. The Whole Heartthrob Thing, Songs About Unrealistic Love And Tearing Your Shirt Off Every Show - That's Not Really Where It's At Any More. It's Becoming Harder For Those Guys To Sell Records, And Harder For Them To Succeed.
I Have An Urge To Communicate. I Think I'm A Change From What It Would Be Like Dating A Normal Guy Who Doesn't Talk Too Much.
It's Important For Me To Let My Fans Know I Really Don't Care. I'm Confident.
To Go Indie Is A Thing. But To Put An Album In The Stores, You Need A Distribution Label.
I Just Have A Thing In My Brain That When I'm About To Do Something That's Genuine Or Authentic, I Think Of It In Song Form. I'll Be Like, 'Yo, This Is A Human Emotion That No One Talks About.'
I'm Cool With Jay-z. Jay-z Is Genuinely My Friend.
There Were People Who Incorporated Melody Before Me, But I Would Deem Myself The First Person To Successfully Rap And Sing.
My Favorite Artists Always Documented Emotion. Marvin Gaye And Al Green And Sade And Aaliyah.
I Respect Chris Brown. I'd Like To Call Myself A Friend - I Don't Know If I'm Allowed To Do That.
I'm Not Confrontational, But If Someone Challenges, I'm Not Going To Back Down.
The Ideal Girl Is Driven, Working On Something Other Than Modeling Or Being A Singer.
I Don't Really Have A Gimmick Or A 'Thing.' I'm One Of The Few Artists Who Gets To Be Himself Every Day.
I Would Say That I'm More Moved By Melody, Even Though I Love To Rap.
Patience Is Key For Getting Over A Breakup. That, And Trailing Off Your Interaction After The Breakup.
A Relationship Can Give You A Gut Wrenching Feeling Sometimes. It's A Real Emotional Ride.