Last night, Drake dropped a surprise new recording project: a 17-track online mixtape called ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ (listen to it here). In a handwritten note accompanying the release, Drake dedicates the tape to a huge list of friends and influences, including Madonna, London grime don Skepta, and ‘everybody that reaches volleyball’.
But obviously what we wanted to know is what the note tells us about Drake himself, so we sent it off to Tracey Trussell at the British Institute of Graphologists. Tracey analysed Drake’s handwriting for us, and had this to say about the rapper’s personality:
‘Drake’s writing shows strong independence and an urge to be in control not only of himself and the people he cares about but also his environment, and particularly the social scene.
‘There is a tendency to lack cooperation, and a strong desire to follow his chosen path. He’s highly self-sufficient, and struggles to make emotional connections with others.
‘A curious mix of defiance, originality, hedonism and anxiety: this guy has a finger on the pulse of what makes people’s hearts beat faster, what’s current. Critically, he likes to move incognito: the facade is strong and impenetrable, built consciously and maintained very carefully. He loves to be involved in everything that’s going on, but won’t be pushed anywhere he doesn’t want to go.
‘He takes up all the air time himself talking – no one else can get a word in edgeways – but it’s all because it matters, and he cares. He has set ideas about the things that matter to him, which inevitably results in an uncompromising attitude, an inflexibility, and in truth he has a strong desire to control people.
‘Behind the mask there’s a strong delineation between his private life and his outpouring (or contribution) to society – the face he presents to the world. He doesn’t want to be in the public eye for glory sake, but he is a man on a mission, and he can’t be ignored. He is extremely committed.’
Sounds about right to us.
Just for the record, Tracey says that she’s never heard of Drake and knows absolutely nothing about his music: ‘my era was the 1970s/’80s.’
You can see Drake live at Wireless in Finsbury Park this summer.