Rap wunderkid Drake covers the April “Style Bible” issue, because well, have you seen the way he looks in a suit?
The braggadocio rapper is pioneering the new wave of rap artists. It’s less about being shot 9 times, and more about being cool, young, and throwing around lots and lots of cash.
“Rap now is just about being young and fly and having your sh-t together,” says Drake, “The mood of rap has changed.”
Some say Drake is an “emo” rapper, a little too in-tune with his emotions and maybe a bit neurotic but Drake that’s not it, he claims, “It’s always calculated. I’m mischievous, but I’m calculated.”
Drake has had some high-profile romances with women like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, but the rap star says he wrote his best stuff when he wasn’t famous and all he cared about was his girl.
“I’m trying to find the same feelings that I had for women when I had very little going on, which is tough. When I was in my mom’s house, I had nowhere to go, no real obligations. My girlfriend at the time, if she was mad at me, my dad was all f-cked-up. I didn’t have anything else. And that made for some of the best music, I think, to date.”
Drake also laments on the internet age, and how he can’t go anywhere or do anything without everything being documented online.
“Some of my favorite rappers, some of my heroes" says Drake, "there might be like 200 pictures of them because there was no Internet. Whereas with us, it's like every moment is documented."
The other coverboys for the April Issue of GQ are Dave Franco and John Slattery.