Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Drake: "I Could Play [President] Obama", Talks Negative Blog Comments

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Paper Magazine did a feature on Young Money's Drake last month for it's Summer Music Issue (on stands now), but there were a few more things the magazine published yesterday about the rising star. He talks about the negativity of the internet, returning to acting, and playing OBAMA. Really?
On the blogs:
I definitely haven't said this before, but I stopped going on a computer. I have a problem where if I go read a hundred positive things about me and there's one guy in there who says 'I hate Drake' that's the one I pay attention to. I think that's a common problem. Negativity hurts us more than positivity helps us. I asked about 10 or 20 people around me, 'When's the last time you went on a website and commented on something, like a song dropped and you went on and said, 'That song is hot' or 'That song is terrible?' And everyone I asked around me, whose opinions I respect, the people I love, were like, 'I've never done that before.' And these are all level-headed, intelligent people whose opinion I respect, so I just started saying to myself, 'It takes a certain type of individual to really participate in a group discussion about someone else, especially if they're going super hard with consistent hate.

On returning to acting:
I have an extreme desire to get back into acting and I've been in conversations non-stop about what kind of projects I'm going to pick, who I'd like to work with and things of that nature. I really have to gauge it off of how well this album does and what the demand is for Drake after this album, and I've gotta see how much time I can afford to take off before people hear from me again. If... it's unanimous that they're over [Thank Me Later], then yeah, maybe I'll have a little bit more time to act before I go back in and make another album. But I'm pretty confident in the music that I made. I think music will be commanding my life for the next little bit, and hopefully I can find a month or two months to film a movie.   

On playing President Obama:
I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama's life soon because I could play him. That's the goal [laughs]. I watch all the addresses. Anytime I see him on TV, I don't change the channel, I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I'm pretty good at impressions. Slowly but surely, I'm not in the study mode because nobody's called me about anything, but I just pay attention so when the day comes I'm not scrambling to learn how to speak like him. I want to be involved in great film projects. I don't want to do the basketball movie that everyone does. I don't want to do the typical black film that everyone expects. I think that I have enough experience to actually be involved in a real meaty project full of substance.

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