The yin and the yang of Drake

A tale of two pop stars.

There are two sides to every Drake. The first: a polite, peach-soft young man who’d bring you a corsage on prom night and chop up your toast for you if you sprained your wrist. The second: a hotheaded, girl-shagging beast of a boy who made his name singing “I wish I could fuck every girl in the world” with Lil Wayne. Which Drake is your favorite?

Take him home to meet your granny Drake: Take him home to annoy your dad Drake:

“I got my first Grammy and I gave it to my mom.” [on The Ellen DeGeneres show]
“Stop preying on [Chris Brown’s] insecurities. His insecurities are the fact that I make better music than him, that I’m more poppin’ than him, and that at one point in life, the woman that he loves fell into my lap. I did what a real nigga would do and treated her with respect, so she not up there talking down on me.” [on East Village Radio]

“I get Jewish people coming up to me proud like, ‘Mazel tov, bro. Come to my house for Shabbat dinner.’ ” [to XXL mag]
“You know the way fighters don’t fuck before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party.” [to GQ]

Sample lyric: “Let’s stay together ’til we’re ghosts / I want to witness love, I’ve never seen it close / Yeah, but I guess I gotta find it first, that’s why I’m really going off, fireworks!” [“Fireworks”]
Sample lyric: “The one that I needed was Courtney from Hooters on Peachtree / I’ve always been feeling like she was the piece to complete me” [“From Time”]

Drake, what were you thinking?

The star and his sleeves

He’s shifted five million albums in five years, amassed a thousand adorable sweaters and defined a generation in an acronym (YOLO). But Drake is no Ivory Tower-type superstar. No. He wants you to know what he’s going through, every step of the journey. And where better to express than on the sleeve of your albums?

Thank Me Later (2010)

Thank Me Later (2010)

“I hope they accept that a former teen TV star could be a real rapper. At least Lil Wayne has my back.”

Take Care (2011)

Take Care (2011)

Sigh. The hollowness of fame. Success to me is but an empty goblet

Nothing Was the Same (2013)

Nothing Was the Same (2013)

“I want to get back to a more innocent time, before people made GIFs of my dancing and Tumblrs of my hugging. Does anyone want to play jump rope?”

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