In an interview with CNN, Canadian rapper Drake spoke on a number of topics including Lil Wayne’s recent incarceration, his infatuation with women, rappers he’s influenced by, and more.
It probably won’t come as too much of a surprise to many that Drake revealed that he's influenced the most by fellow Young Money artist Lil Wayne and iconic rapper Jay-Z.
“One of my biggest influences ended up being a close friend of mine which is Jay-Z,” Drake explained to CNN. “Lil Wayne, who is actually responsible for my career has always been a huge influence to me and one of my heroes. I’ve talked to Lil Wayne since he’s been in jail. In my opinion he didn’t do anything wrong. I think that that was the opportunity to make an example out of somebody who didn’t deserve to be made an example of.”
Drake also went on to reveal that he believes he entered the rap game with a few strikes against him.
“Part of the whole appeal of me as an artist is I did have things that were initially seen as strikes against me,” said Drake. “Like being from Canada, being an actor, being light-skinned, being Jewish. It’s all these things that I guess in the stereotypical rap world don’t really fit the package.”
Lastly, Drake of course delved into his infatuation with the female gender.
“I’m inspired by the woman. I’m inspired by the make up of a woman. Their mind, their conversation, the emotions that they exude and pour out of them. I love women,” Drake explained. “I love to study women. I’m not a womanizer, but I love to study just behavioral patterns in women and how to interact with them.”