2014 is starting with a bang for rapper Drake. The Canadian-bred emcee is covering VIBE’s ‘race’ themed issue. In his second cover, the 27-year-old reveals how he feels about race, Kanye West, his success and the perception of him being soft.
On race, he says:
The racism I experienced was being Jewish. Jewish kids didn’t understand how I could be black and Jewish…it was just stupid, annoying rich kids that were close-minded and mean.
On Kanye West:
He’s like, the best…My competition is nobody else, by the way. It’s just me and ‘Ye.
On rap’s double standards:
Man, how come this guy is allowed to do this? How come this guy is allowed to talk about the streets? All he did was be around it, justlike me. He didn’t live it, but he’s allowed to talk about it. How come this guy is allowed to make girl records—love records—but they’re not girl records or love records when he does it?” I just have to step back and be like, because it doesn’t matter what those guys do. Whoever that is, it just doesn’t matter. They’re not important enough to be scrutinized like that. So it’s that feeling of accepting that I’m at the top and I don’t give them enough to talk about, so they have to make shit. No one ever loves that guy that’s on top.
On where the energy from lines like, ‘M*f*****as Never Loved Us’ comes from:
In my mind, I’m still fighting to convince you that I’m meant to be here. I just want people to love me like they love ‘Pac. I want people to remember I spoke from the heart and told the truth. It’s so crazy because while ‘Pac was here, he felt like everybody hated him. And that’s where that shit comes from. As much as I brush shit off, I don’t feel like people love Drake necessarily. I’m still human—I see a lot of love, tickets selling, people going crazy. But at the same time, it’s tough to just see that. I see the rest of it, too. I know I must be most-hated out here.
The issue, which is a double-cover, will also feature comedian/actor Kevin Hart.