Drake puts on his finer threads and cleans up nicely for April’s cover of Gentlemen’s Quarterly. The issue hits newsstands on March 20, but peep the excerpt on his past promiscuity below.
“There’s just a time where it was like, just getting pussy. Where I was in that sort of ‘I’m young, I’m going to disconnect from my emotions and just do what everyone else tells me I should do and just a be a rapper and have my fun.’ And for me as a person, it just doesn’t work. The seconds after a man reaches climax, that’s the realest moment of your life. If I don’t want you next to me in that fifteen, twenty seconds, then there’s something wrong.”
Andre 3000: There’s been a lot of talk on the Internet about an OutKast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album. There’s a lot of music on the horizon. I’ve been living off the excitement of new artists. I’ve been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, “Hey, Andre, we want you on this song.” So I’ve been taking those calls and for the last two years, I’ve been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I’ve just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I’m planning to do a solo project. I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year. As far as OutKast, I really don’t know if or when that will happen.
GQ: What’s the new solo album going to be like?
Andre 3000: The only thing I can really say is I’m going to get back to having fun because that’s what it was all about when I started this in high school—with OutKast—those were like high school dreams. I’m 36 now, so I have grown-man dreams. This album will just be me being myself as normal.
Birdman gets his mean mug on for the next issue of RESPECT. Issue drops March 6th. Be’ lee dat.
VIBE: I know you guys can’t really talk about Strap’s legal situation, but what was your initial reaction to hearing that he got arrested.Travis Porter: We was with him.Oh, you guys were altogether?Quez: Yeah, it was just crazy. He made a mistake. He didn’t look in his bag, and he left the studio and went straight to the airport to get on his flight. And you should’ve seen his face. He was like ‘what’s going on?’ They was like ‘Yeah we need him over there.’ And he’s like, ‘man, whats going on?’ I don’t even know what’s going on. He had no idea the joint was in the bag.Ali: Actually he is on the plane to New York right now. We have a show tomorrow.
She recounts this from a Manhattan hotel suite, clad in leggings, a custom-bejeweled jacket from the Versace for H&M line (she performed at its extravagant launch), and an early–Marilyn Monroe fuchsia wig. Minaj also reveals a far soberer side than her stage act might indicate. “A huge part of me wanted to be a lawyer! I would do a really good job as a prosecutor,” she alleges. That’s not the singer’s only alternative personality—famous for creating stage alter egos with names like Roman Zolanski, she confesses that she sometimes imagines herself clad in a bikini and high heels, cooking dinner for a breadwinning husband.