Despite his success, Drake doesn’t isn’t generally plastered all over the front pages of magazines like many of his colleagues. Today, however, the Canadian rap superstar appears on the cover of W.
In his brief interview, Drake talks art, the meaning of his “signing up for greatness” quote, life in Toronto, and more. For the issue he was also captured by five different artists in a variety of perspectives.
Read the full cover story here and see the artist interpretations below.
When you wrote, “I signed up for greatness,” what exactly did you mean?
Realizing that I had a larger purpose was one of the most comforting, peaceful feelings. With music, especially, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a vessel to deliver emotion to people. I want to provide the background music to your life as you live it. I’m there for you in heartbreak and tragedy and joy. The thought of being remembered is what keeps me going. What I was trying to say is, the negatives don’t matter—it’s history that counts. At 19, I was just really, really excited to be in the room. Everything was romantic then. Now, nearly a decade later, it’s a bit different. I have to speak against negativity and conflict. There’s so much bullshit that you’re forced to address, but it’s okay. I’m afraid I sound boosie.
Drake by Jim Joe for W Magazine
Drake by Mark Flood for W Magazine
Drake by Katherine Bernhardt for W Magazine
Drake by KAWS for W Magazine
Drake by Henry Taylor for W Magazine