Drake Talks ‘Take Care,’ His Ideal Woman, Lil Wayne vs. Jay-Z

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By: Vibe / November 11, 2011

Drizzy Drake isn’t afraid to tell the truth. Most rappers succumb to the cliché tough guy answers and posturing when it comes to tough questions. However, October’s Very Own recently spoke from the heart when GQ put him in the hot seat.

GQ: You announced the title of this album, Take Care, with us back in December. What does it mean?
Drake:
No one has actually asked me that yet. I came up with the name when I was on a bus in Birmingham, England, going to a show. “Take Care” is this thing we use in passing conversation to dismiss bullshit like, “Oh, you couldn’t make it on time? Oh, take care, take care.” We’ve always used that and then I really took so much care making this album. I knew I was going to go home and take longer than six months, I knew that I was literally going to take care of making this project and be attentive, be clear, be immersed in it. “Take Care” worked.

GQ: Who’s the ideal girl for Drake?
Drake:
Who’s the ideal girl? She is very funny, very supportive, understands that right now I’m trying to build with somebody. The ideal girl is driven, working on something other than modeling or being a singer…

GQ: Or being seen.
Drake:
Or being seen! She’s probably in New York to be honest with you. There are a lot of good women in New York.

GQ: When Lil Wayne and Jay-Z made passing references to each other earlier this year, did you feel like you were in a compromising situation? We know you really look up to Jay and you really look up to Wayne.
Drake:
I’m just riding with Wayne, always. I’ll never sit here and say that Wayne compromised me. I’m just doing what I got do. I’m a Cash Money soldier. That’s who I ride for.

GQ: Do you think it was blown out of proportion?
Drake:
I mean, not really. I think it was pretty clear-cut. I think anybody denying anything at this point is silly. And I’ve said that before for either of them to say, “Oh, no man, I didn’t mean it,” it’s like, “Yes you did, man”. But it’s all good, it’s what rap is about. It’s a competitive business.

GQ: You appeared on Wayne’s “ It’s Good,” which made reference to Jay. Would you have gotten on “H.A.M.” with Jay-Z, where he made the initial reference?
Drake:
If I had heard it? No. Because Wayne’s done way more for my career than Jay-Z. Wayne is the reason I’m here. Jay-Z did that for Cole, that’s his artist. Cole’s my brother, he’s an artist I respect so much but I know he’d say the same thing. We’ve got bosses. We’re just falling in line, doing what we got to do.

(Read the full interview at GQ)