Drake’s Rolling Stone Cover Story: Kanye Shade, Actor Ambitions and The YOLO Estate

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(Cash Money/Republic Records)

(Cash Money/Republic Records)


This morning, Drake sent out three tweets that called out Rolling Stone for both printing comments about Kanye West which he claims he never said, and  for swapping his cover story for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died February 2.

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These honest though probably ill-advised tweets are now deleted.

Published online this morning and on stands tomorrow, Drake: High Times at the YOLO Estate has arrived, Yeezus quotes and all. Unless Drake said that the “Swaghili” quote was off the record, Rolling Stone went and printed it in all of its shade.

But the story is more than just some gentle ribbing by Drake. Jonah Weiner’s feature goes to Drake’s YOLO estate in California, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and back in time to talk about the history of Drake, his schooling, his parents, his acting career (both past and future), and talking about his dream of one day owing the “biggest residential pool on the planet.”

Here are 13 of the more fascinating nuggets from the Drake cover story.

Drake’s house in California has a waterfall that is big enough and loud enough to be considered intrusive 

We should all be so lucky.

Drake’s house in California is actually called “The YOLO Estate”

He had a sign made for it out front, but it got stolen three times. “I love that some kid has that sign in his bedroom.”

Drake likes that he’s a meme

“There’s these GIFs about me, these stupid stereotypes people have of me as this overly emotional character that cries in his room every night. There are jokes because of Degrassi, because I’m Canadian, because I make music for women. There are memes of guys crying to my music.” He scowls, then shrugs. “I love it. I heart those photos when I see them on Instagram.”

Drake and Rihanna are forever 

“But we’re just friends. That’s my dog for life,” he says. He is, however, still looking: “But I haven’t met somebody that makes everybody else not matter.”

Drake felt used by The GRAMMYs

“It becomes more apparent how irrelevant our genre is to them. They were trying to utilize me to sell the show, requesting me to come and perform ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’ but they didn’t nominate it for anything! They’re calling me, e-mailing me every day to do some elaborate performance and bring them viewers, but I didn’t get a nomination for Album of the Year. I didn’t get a nomination for Song of the Year.”

Drake said that stuff about Macklemore

“Wack as f***”  were his words, exactly.

Drake hopes his stint on SNL opens the door for more acting opportunities 

His hosting wasn’t just to sell records. “I wanted to prove that there’s distance between me and the people you consider to be my peers. I have something special.”

Drake’s private high school was wild

“There were kids that were stabbing each other and kids that were equestrian champions. Actors, skiers, rappers. It was great.”

Drake was influenced by visual artist James Turrell, almost smoked a blunt before and took a selfie at his exhibit at LACMA, and wants to commission him to do an installation at the YOLO Mansion.

“I f*** with Turrell. He was a big influence on the visuals for my last tour.”  While inside the exhibit, he almost did what we all want to do. “I really wanted to take a picture in there. Instagram it, like, ‘Perceptual Cell’ selfie! That would have been the ultimate stunt.”

Drake uses Wikipedia for research when he’s writing

Just like the rest of us.

Drake didn’t know Beyoncé’s album was coming out either

In December, a member of Beyoncé’s team played him the “Mine” video and get his approval before he went onstage at a show. “I said, ‘That’s cool,’ she closed her laptop real fast, walked off and got on the phone. By the time I came offstage, the album was out. Beyoncé was like, ‘I’m so sorry I couldn’t tell you!'”

Drake wishes he wrote “Ni**as in Paris”

“I was like, ‘How did I not think of that?’ – ‘Ball so hard, that s*** cray!’ It was real rap s***, but it felt melodic; all the cadences felt so good.”

Drake may not have liked some lines on Yeezus, but he loves Kanye

Of all the tweets this morning, the Rolling Stone article was sure to clarify that, even though “Swaghili” is a clunky line (and it is), Drake has no disrespect for Kanye. “[He's] the reason I’m here. I love everything about that guy.”

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