Drake Suits Up for GQ and Talks Father, Fame, and Feelings

Drake traded his patterned sweaters and OVO gear for a slim-fitting suit on the cover of GQ’s first-ever Style Bible. The men’s magazine visited the dapper rapper at his new bachelor pad in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. As Sixteen Candles played on the projector overlooking the waterfalls in his lush backyard, Drizzy charmed the female journalist while sipping chilled wine spritzer. He opened up about his relationship with his father, how fame has improved his life, and thinking beyond the bedroom.

Read highlights from the interview and see more photos below.

On his relationship with his father: “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.”

On the state of hip-hop: “Rap now is just being young and fly and having your shit together. The mood of rap has changed.”

On pre- and post-Internet fame: “Some of my favorite rappers, some of my heroes—DJ Screw, Aaliyah—there might be like 200 pictures of them because there was no Internet. Whereas with us, it’s like every moment is documented.”

On how his life has changed: “I’m trying to find the same feelings that I had for women when I had very little going on, which is tough. When I was in my mom’s house, I had nowhere to go, no real obligations. My girlfriend at the time, if she was mad at me, my day was all fucked-up. I didn’t have anything else. And that made for some of the best music, I think, to date. Records where I felt small. That feeling is hard to capture when you’re sitting out here in a space like this. It’s really difficult for me to find something that makes me feel small.”

On his sex life: “There’s just a time where it was like, just getting pussy. Where I was in that sort of ‘I’m young, I’m going to disconnect from my emotions and just do what everyone else tells me I should do and just be a rapper and have my fun.’ And for me as a person, it just doesn’t work. I just need something else. The seconds after a man reaches climax, that’s like the realest moment of your life. If I don’t want you next to me in that fifteen, twenty seconds, then there’s something wrong.”