Life has been moving pretty fast for Mr. Aubrey Drake Graham, better known by just his stage name, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Drake[/lastfm], ever since he came on the scene with his hot mixtape So Far Gone, featuring Young Money President, [lastfm link_type=""]Lil Wayne[/lastfm].
In fact stardom has been so trying on the 23-year-old Toronto MC, it’s become the basis for his second album, Take Care, “The album is actually a story,” Drake told reporters in New York last week for his “Saturday Night Live” appearance.
The basis, he tells us, is based on the world he created in his song “Houstatlantavegas,” which is featured on his hit mixtape, So Far Gone. “It was a world that was very much real to me, but I created it in my mind. It was a world that, being a kid from Toronto, I used to look at from the outside and I used to be like, ‘Man that looks crazy,’ “ he told us. “All those strip clubs and all those nightclubs and the drinks and the girls and the fame.”
[photogallerylink id=113463 align=left]And through his rhymes that world becme real to him, both in his head and eventually in real life, in a poetic art-imitating-life type scenario, “I used to stare at this world through a glass window and, like, two to three years later, I become a king in that world,” he said.
One look at the album cover and its clear Drake at least feels ambivalent towards his success and fame. He is sitting, with 80′s hip hop styled gold chains wrapped around his neck, head down, pensive, concerned, maybe. The point is he is not participating in the bravado present in most hip hop today and it makes you think: Is he ok?
Drake revealed that its his character from this song featured on the cover, “That’s who’s sitting on that album cover, that kid that’s just somehow gone from his mom’s basement in Toronto to becoming a king,” he explained of the cover. “That’s what that album cover is about and there is a lot of deep thought involved in that ’cause you can go crazy doing this.”
Thankfully, Drake is at least conscious that the music game can steal your sanity, and while its his daily life to be famous, he’s been able to keep the crazy at bay, mostly. “I’m immersed in that lifestyle, but I’m not gonna let it consume me though,” he told reporters. “That’s what the album is pretty much about, just staying sane, but maybe, maybe not really though. You have to listen to it.”
They know… His latest, “Headlines” by Drake