Drake is hard at work on his forthcoming major-label debut and has tallied some time in the studio with Kanye West , so far, among others.
The So Far Gone rapper revealed to GQ that he’d spent some time in Hawaii recently with West working on his album as well as the Chicago superstar’s next effort.
The Lil Wayne protégé may be hip-hop’s next big thing, but he told the magazine — which featured the Toronto native in a dress-shirt selection photo spread — when it comes to dividing ’Ye’s attention between both projects, it’s not exactly a 50/50-type thing.
“More like we work on his album until he gets tired,” Drake joked about the process. “His album is going to be one of the best hip-hop albums of the last 10 years.”
The 808s & Heartbreak rapper has had a huge influence on Drake’s career, even before they collaborated on the shoot for “Best I Ever Had” — last year Drake spoke to MTV News about West’s work, which he credited with shaping his own career .
“Before I ever got the chance to meet him, Kanye West shaped a lot of what I do, as far as music goes,” Drake said. “We always, always, always took the time to listen to Kanye’s music and appreciate it beyond. We searched the samples and we find out where his inspiration came from, because he has one of the best ears in music, period. He knows how to recognize great music that’s not his. He knows how to utilize great sounds and great music. So before I met him, I had the utmost respect for Kanye West. I’d even go as far as to say he’s the most influential person, as far as a musician, that I’d ever had in my life.”
West has kept a low profile in recent months following his stunt involving Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards . And although his behavior has been admonished, West remains popular among his fans, ranging from kids to adults. The range in West’s fanbase is something Drake has also been praised for, which the younger MC credited to the combination of his foul mouth and clean image.
“I say ’bitch’ and sh— like that, but I’m parent-approved,” he said, poking fun at himself. “Parents are like, ’That’s an intelligent young man, that Drake.’ ”
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