Drake On The Cover Of XXL’s 150th Issue


XXL celebrates a very special issue this month: It’s the magazine’s 150th and  16th anniversary issue and Drake’s first solo cover. Yeah, it’s a big deal, and this is a great issue. It’s been 16 years since Jay Z and Master P both graced split covers of the first XXL. This month’s cover subject, Drake, was just 10 years old. Fast forward to 2013 and he’s one of the biggest rappers in hip-hop. And he’s currently prepping the release of his in-demand third album, Nothing Was The Same (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal) for September 17.

Discussing everything from his new album and his relationships with other rappers and celebrities to his return to acting and his overall success, the Toronto MC was open and honest with writer Thomas Golianopoulos during their two-hour interview. Here are a few quotes from the exclusive interview.

I remember coming into this year thinking, “How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?” I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to. I think I am going for it, to really establish what are murmurs or things being said quietly, “Um, I think that Drake might actually…” On September 17th I want people to be like, “Oh, we were right.”

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. 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?

It’s tough for me. That’s a guy I can’t pretend not to like. He’s the guy to me, in a lot of ways. That’s Kanye West. But I’m also here to be the best. I’m here to surpass. I’m here to outdo. I’m ready for whatever with anybody.

I get Jewish people coming up to me proud like, “Mazel Tov, bro. Come to my house for Shabbat dinner.”

I don’t even know who that is doing that or what that’s about. 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.

Also in the magazine this month, XXL honors the 150th issue with the ultimate list of the 150 most important people, places and things in hip-hop during the XXL era. And keeping with the birthday theme, many important albums are celebrating special anniversaries this year. In honor of those critically acclaimed LPs, XXL had some of today’s most popular MCs review them. Kendrick Lamar talks Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, which turns 20 this year. Nas looks back at Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, which turns 15. And B.o.B. discusses the OutKast decade-old opus, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below plus many more in the magazine and on XXLMag.com.

The 150th and 16th anniversary issue of XXL is jam-packed with good stuff and hits stands August 20.

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  • Jade

    Bravo to Drake. What a man :)

  • geraldinef

    wow cool

  • lea

    This guy gonna be a legend. appreciate him while he’s alive

  • https://twitter.com/allykat2001 Pamela

    Looks like I will be buying my first magazine since Word Up!

  • Anon

    Lol, why waste this special edition on such an insignificant artist

    • Lt

      Your insignificant stop hatin Your just mad nobodody gives a damn about you.

    • Evan Boland

      It’s truly a shame.

  • illive music

    If Drake was blogging he would tell you to go buy Kadeve’s The Bear The Star Da King ALBUM on iTunes ASAP! One of the greatest albums this year by far!

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  • Alwin Real

    drake has defantley been stepping up his game in 2013

  • TRUTHteller

    why put such a dick-in-the-booty, definition of soft canadian on the cover?? cause he’s backed by corporations owned by racist crackers?? drake & the rest of these faggot minstrel show fuck bois need to not be addressed by the people who for real love this culture known as hip hop.
    does benzino own a part of xxl now or something???
    ya’ll praise the fall of the culture now???

    • 604

      I have sympathy for you and your lack of knowledge on the movement that is Hip Hop right now. Fall of the culture?? What does that, even remotely mean ? That the positive vibes hip hop is sending with the backing of Jay Z dropping Magna Carta, and with Jay liking Drake and the new comers in the game. Hip hop is in a good place and you can THANK Drake for that, or, Thank him later.



  • killdrakefans

    faggot cover for faggot fans…fuckboy music….dumb shit…all eat a dick


    If m not mistaken Jay-Z AND Rakim were on the separate East coast covers!!

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  • 604

    Drake deserves all the attention he is getting. The dude figured out how to promote himself early, and now the haters give him all the promo he needs. Fu*k yea its OVO and no ones stopping it

  • Natalie

    Bought the magazine today! Incredible interview & photo spread! :-)

  • tlearn

    Thinking I will buy this issue! Love Drake and love the new kid…Sekond WInd!

  • doubleclutch95

    Pusha T is way better than Drake