As an artist who has both rapped and crooned his way through numerous records, Canadian artist Drake has at times garnered a handful of labels due to his more emotionally-charged records. But in a recent interview, the Young Money emcee stated that he wasn’t terribly pleased with the labels he feels aren’t fully accurate.
“'I'm so sick of people saying that I'm lonely and emotional, and associating me with this longing for a woman," said Drizzy, according to HotNewHipHop.com. "I hate that. It bothers me so much…cause I do make music that makes you feel something but I'm actually not that guy in real life. I'm a happy person."
Although the Toronto-based rapper refers to himself as “a happy person” during his interview with Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio, he does later reveal that he’s not at a point in his life where he’s content.
“I'm not content by any means, I wanna keep working but I'm a happy person,” said Drake. “I'm very excited, my life is constantly exciting. It's not some sad, depressing story. As far as the soundscapes go, that's just the music that I chose to make, I make music strictly for the purpose of driving at nighttime.”
On his newly-released third album, Nothing Was The Same, Drake occasionally touches on love, women, and other emotions throughout the project. On the Jake One-produced “Furthest Thing,” Drake croons about balancing his career and being with the woman in his life as he sings, “And I hate that you don't think I belong to ya/Just too busy runnin' shit to run home to ya.”
In addition to expressing his distaste at being labeled “lonely and emotional,” Drake also commented on his writing process and the challenges he faced while working on Nothing Was The Same, during his hour-long interview with Ghomeshi.
According to the Young Money rapper, he was given a set amount of tracks to record for his album, which was released on September 24.
“My right-hand partner in music creation, challenged me on this album to trim that fat,” said Drake. “To make a very concise project and asked me to—actually gave me a song cap. Asked me to keep it at 13 or 14 songs on the original. And so that was an interesting challenge for me. And now that it’s out and the world appreciates it, it’s a great feeling.”