Drake Says Debut Will Tell the ‘Greatest Story Never Told’
Even though his debut album hasn’t even dropped, Drake has more buzz than most emcee’s twice his age, but he still feels like he has something to prove. The 22-year-old, who is putting the finishing touches on his ‘Thank Me Later’ album, noted that his growing success, due largely in part to his acclaimed underground ‘So Far Gone’ mixtape, changes what he will rap about.
“At the end of the day, one of the biggest things I’ve been toying with on ‘Thank Me Later’ is that it’s kind of hard for me to come out and be like, ‘I’m still the underdog,” he said in an interview. “I can’t rap about the same things [as I did] on ‘So Far Gone’ so it’s just really trying to tell the greatest story that’s never been told, which is the story of a rapper’s come-up, and tell it without being corny or over bragging or sounding like, ‘Feel sorry for me.’ It’s going to be a very interesting record because I’m really going to have to dig deep and tell stories that people can relate to. But it’s kind of hard, because my life is at a very different place now.”
Proving his selling power, Drake recently re-released ‘So Far Gone.’ The mixtape — originally available for free download — sold an impressive 73,000 units in its first week. On the heels of that success, Drake says he doesn’t rule out releasing another mixtape. “Yep, definitely a possibility,” he said. “I’m working every day. I get all the requests like, ‘Oh, we can’t wait to hear you and Jay spit together, and we need another mixtape.’ I mean, I listen to the people, and there’s just consistent requests that come my way almost every day or every other day. With that said, sometimes you have to listen to them and give them what they want.’”
‘Thank Me Later’ is due in stores next year.