MemphisRap.com links today to the cover story of GQ's new "Style Bible" issue, a profile of hip-hop megastar and cultural touchstone Drake. It's common knowledge that Drake, who was born and grew up in Canada, has roots in Memphis by way of his father, drummer Dennis Graham. The father spoke on his son's success in a recent interview with a Memphis TV station, and in GQ, Drake gives his take on the nature of their relationship:
Less than four years ago, he was just Aubrey Drake Graham, a high school dropout and former child actor writing rhymes in the basement of his mom's house in Toronto, stopping only to trip out on text messages from girls or find out where that night's party might be. Drake's parents split up when he was 5, and he lived in a bifurcated world, between everyday life with his mom--affluent, white, and Jewish Canadian--and the special visits and occasional summers with his father, who's black, from Memphis, and a bit of a ne'erdo-well. When I ask him about his dad, his voice tightens, and he looks away. "Me and my dad are friends. We're cool. I'll never be disappointed again, because I don't expect anything anymore from him. I just let him exist, and that's how we get along. We laugh. We have drinks together. But I spent too many nights looking by the window, seeing if the car was going to pull up. And the car never came."PICTURED: Drake waves to the crowd during a timeout during an NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and host Sacramento Kings on March 9.
Still, he identifies with his father and his ability to hustle, to get what he wants while having a good time. "I've never been reckless--it's always calculated," Drake says. "I'm mischievous, but I'm calculated."