Drake, Eyes on Me [Cover Story Excerpt, Plus Photos]

Shot exclusively for XXL by Jonathan Mannion

Shot exclusively for XXL by Jonathan Mannion

Shot exclusively for XXL by Jonathan Mannion

  • 206-404dizzy

    dis ni99a is da truth n da realest ni99a singin/rappin…. shout out 2 everbody dat fuks wit drake n da haters……………

    • Kingroy

      Realest rapper/snger you forgot Kid Cudi and B.o.B homie. Where they at?

    • adam

      “its far from over” drakes just starting young money has the next 5years of hip hop everyone else is in the shadow

    • Anonymous

      .l;/l

    • http://www.myspace.com/omg_im_jaguar JazzeJaguar

      This article was shit! I hated every bit of it! This dude is talkin bout how big of a rapper he is and how good he is when he has no good songs. He ruined Forever, Successful, and every Young Money song he was on! Shut this prick up and do more articles on good artists like Lloyd Banks and Eminem…

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  • A.K.

    His other mixtape Comeback Season is pretty hot too. Toronto we here now

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  • epinz

    nggz must of never heared about phonte…drake is quoted as calling phonte his favorite rapper. listen to him and see where he gets his style from.

  • Hussle’s Way

    J.Cole’s debut gonna be better

    • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=75880 Steve

      no doubt
      me and mah friend were discusiing this
      History-wise wale is like mos def., j.cole is like nas and drake like jay-z, im tlkin position in hip-hop…watch it unfold
      shout ot to everyone who will mis-interpret this!

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  • TEE

    Yea Kid Cudi makes better music to me… Drake is jus a depressed ass lil wayne to me. Not impressed by this nigga yet

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  • RDS

    No bullshit…but when you list his accomplishments out like that, it’s difficult to find anything about what he’s done to hate about. Whether you like his music or not, having JUST read the YB drop, Drake’s got quite a bit under his belt in such a short time (not talking pre-Comeback Season 2, I mean his nationally recognized work).

    That said, I’m not his biggest fan, but I’m intrigued to see how he pulls off his debut album. And honestly, I’m so sick of niggaz hating on him, I’m actually going to be real about it and say I’m rooting for him. People need something to look forward to and regardless of if you feel J. Cole is better, or B.O.B. is better or you’re only waiting for “Good Ass Job”, right now, hip-hop really rests on Drake’s shoulders. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist elsewhere, but bullshit aside, THAT in itself is Drake’s biggest accomplishment. All these niggaz co-sign him because he’s breathing life back into the game. If Hip-Hop is truly dead, then Drake is the beginning (hopefully) of hip-hop’s afterlife.

    Just my .02. Peace,

    -R

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  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    yaaa, when you look at dude’s resume, you pretty much a hater to hate on him. not just ur average hater but a mega hater. Again, dude is talented. Keep in mind young money recruited him along with every other major label. so he was hott before wayne. so stop the wayne associations. if anything, wayne’s flow changed (again) once Drake arrived. also, ya bob, kid cudi and even j. cole can rap and sing. Not on the level of drake. that has got to say something. It says more when you look at the fact that all four of those artist may sing and rap but have so different styles. good music is back and in full effect.

  • DutchMaster

    Room For Improvement and Comeback Season were way better than So Far Gone…over half of the stuff he makes now is garbage sit there and call me a hater but he’s a sell out..dude used to spit about these mainstream artists and how they’re not real..and listen to Video Girl then watch the Best I Ever had video…what kinda hypocritical bull**** is that…I’m still gonna **** with some his music but he’s far from real…

  • McMike

    Drake is a beast no lie. I think his album is gonna be great but gonna be in 3rd place this summer. Under Kanye’s “Good Ass Job” and my man J.Cole’s debut. J.Cole is gonna be the best which will eventually lead to a rivalry with Drizzy so I cant wait to see that

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  • Joe

    Quick question re: Drake vs J Cole:

    Im a hip hop head like everyone else claims to be, im just as leary of Drake as evryone else, however:

    What SONGS have J. Cole come out with that lead us to believe his album will be so good????

    I mean, lyricaly, yea, its there, but song-wise? All his songs and features have that ‘im comin to take over the game’ tone, and quite frankly its gittin stale.

    Drake, as corny as he is, has SONGS. Songs that ill repeat and throw on the start of my homemade mixtapes. J. Cole does not have ONE memorable song.

    • infamous1

      Listen to lights please, who dat, & simba.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    someone earlier made the comparison that Drake is like Jayz and J.cole like nas. Truthfully, i wish it was the other way around but ur right. Drake does have the song and the lyrics. Ya,he is corny and pretty lame. J. cole’s warm up mixtape is tight. My fav song is light’s please. I wish it could get airtime cause its dope.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Powerslave

    Wouldn’t mind if he died in a fire.

  • What

    Damn… every rapper in Toronto has their picture taken on that bridge… queen st goin over the dvp

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  • 9milli

    I can’t stand Drake. He’s arrogant & overrated he don’t got nothing on J. Cole. I wanna know why he always got his Bs up. Is he a blood now? He’s a lame suffering from an identity crisis. How r u Canadian with a southern accent. Idk, I liked him B4 & his bars are there but it ain’t apectacular.

  • Bless

    We all know that Drake is just the Canadian version of Lil Wayne, albeit slightly better. He might sound catchy, but he’s not memorable, nor is any of his Young Money collective. Nicki Minaj can only sell if she has her titties popping out of her shirt. The ability to be memorable is what niggas these days are missing (niggas still call cash C.R.E.A.M.), and Drake is the epitome of YM’s commercial thug persona. J Cole is the real nigga, not the high school drama show actor. Word up.

  • http://aol missb

    GREAT STYLE IM SO SICK OF NIGGAS RAPING OF SHIT THAT THEY AINT DOING ONLY UNDERGROUND RAP NIGGAS KEEP IT REAL IF U AINT IS THAT NO MORE THEN DO A DRAKE RAP ABOUT WHAT U GO THREW AN FEEL FOR WOMEN!!!! JUST THEY WAY I SEE IT KEEP DOING YA MUSIC AN MAKEING THE WORLD KEEP YA NAME IN THEY MOUTH!!!!! :)

  • mama_mia

    Drake’s father in from TN, that’s y he has an accent. He visited his dad throughout the summer time. Look at his bio- and get educated if you wanna hate…it’s contagious!