Drake Talks Toronto, Competing With Rappers in ‘Obey Your Thirst’ Documentary [VIDEO]
Canada might not be considered mecca for hip-hop but Drake has proven that you don't need to be from one of the major cities in order to be successful in the rap game.
"Toronto is the reason I do this," he explains in a new documentary presented by Sprite and the FADER. "All I did was find a way to make people proud of our city. Artists from our city - their whole objective was to get out. So I just had to flip that way of thinking."
As part of a new "Obey Your Thirst" docu-series, the Nothing Was the Same rapper opens up about his Canadian hometown and how he and a few other artists changed the game by not going to the center of the scene but instead create your own.
"All these guys that are like, you gotta go to New York now to make it happen," he said. "No you don't. That's dead now. Do it the way the Weeknd did it, do the way PARTYNEXTDOOR did it, do it they way I did it. Do it where you're at. If you have the music, that's all it takes."
With his music doing well on the charts and playing sold out shows on his Jungle Tour, Drake is at top of his game. And while there are artists who are ready to take him down, he isn't focus on that and puts his energies on improving on his own craft.
"I'm not worried about these other rappers," he said. "I'm not competing with those guys. I already know their hand, I know their move -- I study everything. I'm worried about the kid that's sitting in his house who wants to be better than me and all those other guys. That's who I'm worried about. That's how I try to keep pushing us forward, just to let that kid know that I'm not done yet."
Although Drake has been making all those hits and getting the praise for it, that doesn't mean there aren't haters out there. And with social media today, it seems that everyone's opinions are always on full blast. However, Drake explains that he won't get into all that negativity.
"We're in a weird time," he revealed. "Life is almost this ongoing forum. People can get so lost in these words displayed on the screen. Everyone just wants to chat, and comment, crack jokes. Effort that's put into doubt or hate - when it's that extreme? It's the same thing as love, man. They're confused. It's not me."
Drake is the first of four interviews in this video series. Nas, Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples are the other artists to be featured, which will go live on TheFader.com each week. You can watch the full The Fader x Sprite interview with Drake above.