Drake shared his view from the 6 with a new documentary produced by The FADER in collaboration with Sprite’s Obey Your Verse lyrical can collection.
Drake speaks about the internet and its effect on rap music, Toronto being an underdog city, and if you really need New York to make it big in the music industry. He managed to stayed where he was and make music and grind to prove his point that:
“Do it the way I did it,” he says. “Do it from where you’re at. If you have the music, that’s all it takes.”
Drake’s documentary is the first episode to be released in a four-part series, which will also document Nas, Isaiah Rashad, and Vince Staples, releasing weekly on TheFADER.com.
Some mire tidbits:
On his hometown: “Toronto is the reason I do this. All I did was find a way to make people proud of our city. Artists from our city – their whole objective was to get out. So I just had to flip that way of thinking,“ he says. “All these guys that are like, you gotta go to new york now to make it happen. No you don’t. That’s dead now. Do it the way the Weeknd did it, do the way PartyNextDoor did it, do it they way I did it. Do it where you’re at. If you have the music, that’s all it takes.”
On his competition in the music industry:“I’m not worried about these other rappers. I’m not competing with those guys. I already know their hand, I know their move – I study everything. I’m worried about the kid that’s sitting in his house who wants to be better than me and all those other guys. That’s who I’m worried about. That’s how I try to keep pushing us forward, just to let that kid know that I’m not done yet.”
On how he handles negative criticism:“We’re in a weird time. Life is almost this ongoing forum. People can get so lost in these words displayed on the screen. Everyone just wants to chat, and comment, crack jokes. Effort that’s put into doubt or hate – when it’s that extreme? It’s the same thing as love, man. They’re confused. It’s not me.”