Aubrey “Drake” Graham hits the streets of Atlanta in a new Complex Magazine feature article. In an interview done at The Twelve in Atlanta for the mag’s February/March issue, Drake discusses his upcoming projects and reveals how his ex became inspiration for his So Far Gone mixtape:
Drake: The relationship I was in before So Far Gone influenced a lot of lyrics. A lot, a lot of the lyrics. The first five records on the mixtape are sort of like a timeline of that relationship, you know?
Drake: You wouldn’t know her. She’s great; I was able to walk away with moments, which I guess is better than walking away with nothing. But ultimately, I’m still trying to figure it out. I come up with the answers, about myself and my own thought process when it comes to love, as I’m writing. That’s when my realest thoughts manage to make their way out.
So we’re going to hear that on Thank Me Later?
Drake: This album is me trying to catch my footing again because everything’s changed. It’s a beautiful thing, ’cause I’ve just been waving, like, “Hold on, stop.” Part of being able to make a new album is taking things day to day, being observant, being able to write about the shit that’s going on.
Are you really surprised that creative men with broken hearts are able to pen great music?
Behind the scenes video:
Drake goes on to talk about his upcoming “Thank You Later” project:
At the moment, you’re in Atlanta working on Thank Me Later, but mentioned you still need to get in the studio with Wayne.
Drake: Me and Wayne have done so much already, but if anybody has a repeat feature on this album, it’d probably be Wayne. We have a formula, a musical bond that works when we come together. I just wanna do it super-big—bigger than “Every Girl,” bigger than “Best I Ever Had.” I’d love to have a number-one record with Wayne. That’s the only record on the album that I think that way about.
Do you know what you want it to sound like?
Drake: Yes and no. We tried to go into it with a song called “My Darling Baby,” but it leaked. It was me and Wayne using our wit to entertain women, alternating mini-verses. They’re all cool punchlines and nothing sounds repetitive. When I think of a record for me and Wayne, I want to do something that’s sexy. Something that still has us rapping, but for women to enjoy.
Would that song have made the album?
Drake: Definitely. I write best about two things, which is evident from the cover of So Far Gone: the constant quest to understand love and money. I want it and I want to understand it. (READ MORE)