Drake Covers XXL (Sept. 2013)


We’re sure this headline will get the people going. Drake returns to the front cover off XXL for the magazine’s 16th anniversary. The 150th issue occupies newsstands on August 20.

ON THE NEW ALBUM I remember coming into this year thinking, “How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?” I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to. I think I am going for it, to really establish what are murmurs or things being said quietly, “Um, I think that Drake might actually…” On September 17th I want people to be like, “Oh, we were right.”

ON HIS IMAGE Do I think that if I didn’t have, for lack of a better term, a unique look about me, if I was from somewhere in America and if I hadn’t been on a kids TV show [Degrassi: The Next Generation], would I be as famous? I don’t know, man. Honestly, I don’t think so. I was just some young kid on a TV show. And I haven’t become anything else while I’ve been in this position. It’s not like I got here and was like, “Oh, got to switch up my image.” I don’t wake up nervous. I feel like maybe a lot of these guys do. How old are you, really? What is your background, really? What have you really done in the drug game, in the thug game?

ON THE COMPETITION It’s tough for me. That’s a guy I can’t pretend not to like. He’s the guy to me, in a lot of ways. That’s Kanye West. But I’m also here to be the best. I’m here to surpass. I’m here to outdo. I’m ready for whatever with anybody.

ON HIS SUCCESS I get Jewish people coming up to me proud like, “Mazel Tov, bro. Come to my house for Shabbat dinner.”

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  • Jav

    Like when does anyone really get pumped for a Drake interview?

  • troof
  • Facts

    We’re sure this headline will get the people going

    ^ how so ? war of the faggots ?

  • niggradamus

    Weak ass nigga covers xxl…who cares? Shoulda had Scarface or Gotti on that front instead.

  • yeemjay

    yall ain’t gotta like the nigga, but looking at it from a real perspective, yall sound like bitches on these website comment sections

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  • LR

    why is WATCH THE THRONE under his name?

  • Somewhat of a cover I did a while ago..Thought id share.

  • Picasso Micheaux

    Let me qualify my comment by first saying I’m not a Drake fan…
    But I’m down for any Black man getting bread in the 21st century…
    shit is real out here, for real…
    If he was broke or had no talent, none of us would be commenting…
    with that said, hip hop is like a neighborhood of personalities,
    and in this hood, like every hood, everybody can’t be the dope man…
    and everybody aint thuggin’, goonin’, buffoonin’, or living a savage life…
    Some men in the hood are actually raising they kids, loving their lady,
    and bring security to their block…
    but ya’ll dont wanna hear bout that shit…
    Some of ya’ll actually wanna see niggas LITERALLY DYING to entertain you…
    Most of ya’ll got it fcuked up with yo videos and download perspectives…
    It’s so much love in the hood…and U ain’t even know it…

  • Dope cover yo..

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  • Black Shady

    this nigga gonna KILL THE CHARTS!!! not even funny…

  • Northwest

    Drake need to sign http://soundcloud.com/Love_At_First_Sound/recklessyouth he make the type of music kanye should be making

  • mario


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  • Capricorn Religion

    “And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to.”

    Subtle shots but, none the less I like that. I miss the competition aspect of rap. This year has brought that back in a somewhat big way but, nt like it used to. None the less tho it is back an I am happy about that. I honestly could thank Jay and Kanye for this when they dropped a album called “Watch the Throne”. That had people giving side eyed views that were Rappers an Mcs and, I loved it.

    I think Drake’s album will be a great piece if music but, as far as “Concept” goes idk. I don’t really expect a concept from him but, none the less I still think it will be able to compete with the heavy concept albums that came out this year. Oh and:

    Mr.Mathers, your move….

  • MistaLND

    Guess he wasn’t playin’ we he said he was comin’ for the throne….lol…

    Follow Endless Ambition Apparel on instagram. Dropping real soon.

  • StarFox64

    ^^lmao @ “mr. mather, your move” i’d be surprised if em has selling power anymore, a lot of pple aren’t really fucking with his new bullshit..

  • The black robin thicke

    *watch ya ass* haha

  • df

    greatest raper in the game

  • Dom

    Greatest Rapper in the game for reallllll!

    Greatest artist we’ve seen in a while