"I want to be sure your tape recorder gets everything," he says, fiddling with some settings.It's a sunny January afternoon in Hidden Hills, California, a gated community where Drake owns a three-acre compound, 30 miles up the 101 from Los Angeles.
"Originally, I had a sign outside that said the yolo estate," he says – he popularized the acronym, which stands for You Only Live Once, in a single – "but it got stolen three times, and it was getting a bit costly to replace it, so I just changed it to the street number.
I love that some kid has that sign in his bedroom."When Drake, who's 27, brings women here, he delights in flipping a switch beside a bookshelf, which swings open to reveal his bedroom.
A hundred feet from the patio, across his enormous swimming pool – the rippling waters of which contain two very big statues of voluptuous women, on their knees, in bikinis – what was a pummeling cascade becomes a whispering drizzle.
Behind the falls, you can now see a man-made grotto, tricked out with a wet bar, illuminated wading pools, flatscreen TVs and a dozen other details that take time to register fully.
"But I haven't met somebody that makes everybody else not matter.", he uploaded a video of himself jubilantly swigging booze from the statuette, here at the compound. "It becomes more apparent how irrelevant our genre is to them," he says. This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. He hammed it up winningly on the show, delivering inspired impressions of Lil Wayne and Katt Williams, and poking fun at his own biography: He rapped in one sketch about sipping Manischewitz.
"They were trying to utilize me to sell the show, requesting me to come and perform ' Hold On We're Going Home'" – his smash ballad – "but they didn't nominate it for anything! Take your W, and if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better – make better music.' It felt cheap. Whether people wanna say it's racial, or whether it's just the fact that he tapped into something we can't tap into. Own your shit." Drake felt slighted by the apology too. In another sketch, the show's costume department outfitted him with tiny khaki shorts in order to portray a dorky theme-park employee."This house was the desktop image on my computer years before I bought it," Drake says.He's wearing black basketball shorts, red socks pulled up to the knees and a black T-shirt decorated with white spiders; his beard is landscaped just so."There's these GIFs about me, these stupid stereotypes people have of me as this overly emotional character that cries in his room every night," says Drake."There are jokes because of , because I'm Canadian, because I make music for women.“They’re both single, attractive and have a lot in common, so it’s natural.