Drake Take Care – Drake’s latest album, “Take Care,” sees him enjoying the spoils of his good fortune. On “Marvin’s Room,” he raps about sleeping with four girls in a week–which he confesses has happened. “Make Me Proud,” about his ideal woman, features a guest appearance by label-mate Nicki Minaj, which, as it happens, is no coincidence.
“If there’s any woman in my life that’s the ideal woman for me, it’s definitely Nicki,” said Drake. “I like the stripped-down Nicki. I like Nicki with no makeup, black hair, some casual clothes in a recording booth rapping an amazing verse.”
Affection for Minaj aside, Drake still has some celebrity crushes, including Kat Dennings and Sofia Vergara, and recently purchased a bachelor pad in Miami. While he’s a silent owner in an Italian restaurant–his favorite food–in New York City, one of his dreams is to open up a place of his own. Another is to collaborate on tracks with fellow Canadian Justin Bieber and, now that he believes he’s risen to the same stature as his rap mentor, Lil Wayne.
The rapper also wants to meet President Obama but ran into a little bit of a snag because of his Canadian roots.
“I ran into somebody who works for Barack Obama the other day, and she’s like, ‘I’m so sorry we haven’t called you, but we can’t have Canadian citizens perform or be a part of U.S. politics,'” said Drake.
At the Midtown Manhattan restaurant where the interview was taking place, Drake glanced outside the window. Three little girls were standing in the street with homemade signs and wearing backpacks and had waited for hours to get a picture taken with him.
“I guess fame is a little less surreal,” he said. “I think initially I was turned off by it and reluctant, but now I’m just embracing it. I feel like I’ve learned to ignore the negative stuff around me, and I feel like I can truly find myself in this life.” Drake paused, taking one more glance out the window at his trio of young fans. “It’s crazy, man, but I got a long way to go.”