You might say Drake is obsessed with the ladies these days, but back before he was a burgeoning superstar he was obsessed with something else you might be surprised by.
“When I was 17, I was heavy on eBay,” Drake reveals during the next episode of MTV’s new show “When I Was 17,” which airs Saturday at 11 a.m. and also features Queen Latifah and Olympic softball player Jennie Finch. “I was a beast. I was like an eBay guru.” It was a different time for Drake then; he wasn’t the hottest rapper in the game busy with ladies tossing their undergarments his way.
Instead, he was a supporting actor on teen hit “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and living a life that was nearly as normal as any other kid. His online hobby, however, wasn’t supported by his friends, who thought it was a bit strange.
“I used to call him up and be like, ‘Yo, what are you doing?,’ ” childhood friend Niko explains dismissively with a puzzled face. “And he’d be like, ‘Shopping on eBay.’ ”
According to the rapper, he was involved in a few scandals. He sold items on the online auction site just as often as he bought them. To hear Drake tell it, though, everything he pushed online wasn’t always on the up and up. And as for his own purchases? Well, let’s just say today they might be considered as crime too.
“Mostly it as just clothes, electronics, jerseys and velour suits,” Drake says. “I look back now and it’s all hideous.”
“When I Was 17″ — this week featuring Drake, Queen Latifah and Jennie Finch — airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.