Started from the bottom, now he’s here: Yes, Drake once made $100 opening for Ice Cube on his solo debut, ThE En$DinG (that album he produced) but now he’s in the top 20. His new track, “Gentleman,” off his upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same, is also up there as well. It follows his guest appearances on other songs, including Nicki Minaj’s “Stars” and Lil Wayne’s “We Dem Boyz,” which got him into the top 10.
“Gentleman,” which features Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa, is a good sign, but Drake says he’s been getting better at dropping songs and being on radio. And it’s definitely a sign that, once again, he’s finally starting to break through. “I never left any door for myself because I’m very confident in myself. I can talk and think myself out of anything I can think of,” he says.
In fact, his confidence may be the best factor in his break through. “I don’t know if it’s the confidence in myself or the fact that we’ve had a good couple of years. If you don’t like the music, then you are definitely not going to like my music. I’m just not going to change anything about myself,” he says.
One thing I do know is that people are still talking about this man, and the way he’s performing. “You’re doing great. Be comfortable with that fact, because you’re going to be talking about it for a long time. So take it for what it’s worth,” Drake says. “That’s what I’m doing. I love music. I love hearing your opinions about how I’ve been performing, the things that you think. That’s how I know I’m working. I know I’m working hard.”
Drake went back and forth with me about how he’s performing now compared to last year, back when he started his career. Is it, on one hand, just better? He definitely thinks so. But he’s not doing anything different, and it all goes back to the music. There’s no new music, which is a way to look at it, because he’s already been around for five years by now. Instead, he says his music is going to be the way his career continues.