Thu 13 Feb 2014
Rolling Stone knows how to play the game. In the firestorm that is currently surrounding Drake’s feature in the the upcoming issue of RS, the full story has been made available online. Journalist Jonah Weiner spent a few days with Drizzy, stopping by his house and even accompanying him to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Their conversation definitely seems candid at times and Weiner was able to get some honestly out of the kid from Toronto. We pulled a few choice quotes out (aside from his Macklemore and Kanye comments).
The Chicago MC asked Drake to perform at a private birthday party for “some kid,” Drake says; Drake, in turn, asked Kanye to drop in on OVO, Drake’s annual Toronto festival, where they exchanged praise, and a big hug, onstage.
Drake is interested in art, but he scoffs at how trendy art shout-outs have become in rap. “It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references!” he says. “I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.”
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Drake: High Times at the YOLO Estate
How did a half-Jewish Canadian child actor reinvent hip-hop? The improbable, slightly vulnerable, often tuneful, highly drive rise of Drake
By JONAH WEINER
Drake is worried that his waterfall is too loud. He rises from a wicker armchair and walks toward a control pad in the corner of his flagstone patio. “I want to be sure your tape recorder gets everything,” he says, fiddling with some settings. It’s a sunny January afternoon in Hidden Hills, California, a gated community where Drake owns a three-acre compound, 30 miles up the 101 from Los Angeles. A hundred feet from the patio, across his enormous swimming pool – the rippling waters of which contain two very big statues of voluptuous women, on their knees, in bikinis – what was a pummeling cascade becomes a whispering drizzle. Behind the falls, you can now see a man-made grotto, tricked out with a wet bar, illuminated wading pools, flatscreen TVs and a dozen other details that take time to register fully. Are those iron torches, affixed to the grotto’s interior walls, belching flames? They are. Is that a pair of majestic elk, fashioned from stone, standing sentinel up top? Yes – they match the stone giraffe you may have noticed out front, next to the driveway. Off to the right is a standalone, 25-seat movie theater; a combination tennis-basketball court; a mechanical bull; and a half-dozen stables for horses that Drake does not own. “That’s a water slide that comes from the top,” he says. “I’m obsessed with, like, residential pools. One of my goals in life is to have the biggest residential pool on the planet.”
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