No curtain to pull back, no façade — Drake wants to share his world like Mary J. Blige. The 23-year-old Toronto native says he is going through a personal and professional evolution.
"I'm learning about myself. That's what my music is about," he said recently. "I don't necessarily know all the time who Drake is. I take it day by day and learn as much as I can about myself. As I learn, I choose to share with my fans. I'm just an artist that isn't scared of being open."
Drake says being in front of the camera on "Degrassi" as an adolescent has helped him open up musically.
"My journey, as far as growing into a man, is shared with the people. My whole life is like that. I grew up on TV, I've always become accustomed to sharing my life with the world. At least now I get to do it in my own words ... so I'm not a character. I have a little more grasp on who I am. I'm more eager to share it now. Me growing into an artist is me growing into a man."
That growth involves partying as well as getting his business done — Drake and Fabolous recently performed together in Cleveland at LeBron James' 25th birthday, with Drizzy also performing his verse from the hit "Forever" at the shindig. On New Year's Eve, Drake and the Young Money All-Stars performed at club Cameo in Miami to kick off 2010.