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Drake Covers XXL September Issue, Talks Amanda Bynes and Success


Drake fans have had it pretty good for the past couple of days. The Young Money rapper dropped the 2 Chainz and Big Sean-featured ‘All Me,’  hut down Toronto and the blogosphere with the OVO Fest and hit us with his softer side with the throwback R&B jam ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home.’ The latest Drake-related release? He’s covering XXL‘s 150th issue for September — this also serves as the 16-year anniversary for the magazine.

Drake isn’t looking intensely just for show either; he actually has something to say. The Toronto rapper talked about the pressure in putting out his third album, ‘Nothing Was the Same,’ because of all the high-profile releases and the competitive nature the rap game.

Another interesting bit in XXL’s cover story is Drake’s image. The rapper fully acknowledged his past as a child star on the hit show ‘Degrassi,’ and how it didn’t necessarily force him to be conscious about his persona.

“Do I think that if I didn’t have, for lack of a better term, a unique look about me, if I was from somewhere in America and if I hadn’t been on a kids TV show [‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’], would I be as famous? I don’t know, man,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think so. I was just some young kid on a TV show. And I haven’t become anything else while I’ve been in this position.

“It’s not like I got here and was like, ‘Oh, got to switch up my image.’ I don’t wake up nervous. I feel like maybe a lot of these guys do. How old are you, really? What is your background, really? What have you really done in the drug game, in the thug game?”

Drake even spoke out about Amanda Bynes‘ weird NSFW obsession with him, and his opinion probably won’t be something the troubled star will be all that pleased to hear. “I don’t even know who that is doing that or what that’s about,” Drake said. “If that is her, I guess it’s a little weird and disturbing. It’s obviously a behavioral pattern that is way bigger than me. Whoever is behind it, whether it’s her or somebody else, they know people are paying attention so they keep it going.”

‘Nothing Was the Same’ is due Sept. 17.


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