Caitlin Cronenberg/W MagazineDrake serves as a muse for five different artists who created five different artsy Drake covers for the new issue of W magazine. In the accompany interview, Drake sheds light on his mindset following his feud with Meek Mill over ghostwriting allegations.
For the first time, the rapper explained what he meant by saying he “signed up for greatness,” during a private conversation with rapper Hitman that went viral on social media.
“Realizing that I had a larger purpose was one of the most comforting, peaceful feelings. With music, especially, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a vessel to deliver emotion to people,” Drake tells the mag. “I want to provide the background music to your life as you live it. I’m there for you in heartbreak and tragedy and joy.”
The rapper knows there’s a price for becoming a legend. “The thought of being remembered is what keeps me going,” he says. “The negatives don’t matter — it’s history that counts.” The rapper adds: “At 19, I was just really, really excited to be in the room. Everything was romantic then. Now, nearly a decade later, it’s a bit different. I have to speak against negativity and conflict. There’s so much bulls*** that you’re forced to address, but it’s OK.”
As Drizzy gears up to release his upcoming album, Views from the Six, the rapper concludes that he loves feeling pressure. “I’m always thinking, ‘How do I top what I’ve done? How do I make this thing stronger?'” he says, “I want to give many, many people many, many moments before I’m gone. That’s truly the art of what I do. It’s the only goal.”
You can read the full interview , in which he discusses acting, the art world and his love for life in Toronto, online now.
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