Drake: Lil Wayne Is ‘The Icon’

'It's rare you get people like that,' he says in interview with CBS News' Katie Couric.

Before the 2009 Grammy Awards, Lil Wayne sat down for a blunt conversation with CBS News’ Katie Couric. And on Tuesday (October 5), [artist id="510062"]Weezy’s[/artist] Young Money protégé [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] sat down for an interview with the anchor that was broadcast on UStream.
Drake opened up about why Lil Wayne is so important to the music industry, hip-hop’s attitudes toward women and how he’d like to collaborate with Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake.

Drake told Couric that he’s not the only person who looks up to his mentor. “I think Wayne is the closest thing we have to an iconic figure in my generation,” he said. Comparing Weezy to the likes of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, Drake continued, “To me, he is the rock star, he is the icon, he is the messiah that people look up to and say, ‘This guy really controls the market.’ It’s not just his music. It’s his life … it’s rare you get people like that.

While Couric acknowledged Weezy’s expectional talent, she added that it bears mentioning, “He’s also in prison right now.” The anchor asked Drake what he made of news that Wayne had been placed in solitary confinement for the remainder of his sentence, due to end in November.

“All legends have their [flaws],” Drake countered. “It’s definitely unfortunate what just happened [but] I think the most important thing is we’re just counting down the days. It’s not 150 days, not 200 days, not 800 days, it’s 29 more days. … We have our Miami Heat tickets together. I’m just waiting for my man to come home.”

When asked how he feels about hip-hop undervaluing women Drake replied, “I feel like there’s a fine line between demeaning and fun and wit. I feel a lot of the music like me and Wayne make, for example, is fun and witty. We have a song like ‘I Just Want to F— Every Girl in the World.’ That’s one of our biggest songs together. Is it to be taken literal and dissected? No, it’s more just fun, witty moments. Hip-hop has elements of comedy in it. That makes for the best quotes. Punchlines are made up of clever wit. That’s where we strive.”

Drake is notable for switching it up between singing and rapping, and he revealed that he has much love for both of his talents. “The feeling of finishing a great rap verse is the ultimate euphoric feeling for me. I love to finish a great rap verse. It’s very satisfying,” he explained. “But to get my feelings out, sometimes it can’t be rap. Sometimes I really have to sing. Sometimes the emotion is too intense or too genuine.”

Drake also told Couric that he is in the process of brushing off his acting chops during those brief moments of tour downtime. “I am definitely reading scripts and trying to find my way back [to acting],” he said,

The MC has his upcoming R&B mixtape It’s Never Enough on the horizon, and he’s already thinking ahead, telling Couric that he’d like to work with Beyoncé, Andre 3000 and Justin Timberlake on future projects.

“I hope I get a chance to work with B,” he said. “I’m always in awe of her talent … Andre 3000 from Outkast. I’d still love to work with him and Justin Timberlake. Me and Justin are friends. We’re tight, but we haven’t worked together yet.”

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