BROOKLYN, New York — We must admit, the special edition KAWS Moonman is really cool; so cool that Drake is ready to go to some extraordinary lengths to get his hands on one.
“I might have to tell Macklemore like, ‘Yo, I’ll buy that trophy off of you if he beats me’,” Drizzy told MTV News on Friday night after he finished rehearsals for Sunday night’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
“I really want one bad. ‘Started From the Bottom’ was like my first time stepping up as a director, getting a director’s credit with Little X,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for a better moment. I need the trophy for my house, period — even if somebody else gets one I might buy it off them.”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewisare nominated for six awards, including one for “Can’t Hold Us” in the Best Hip Hop Video category, where they will go head up against Drake (“Started From the Bottom”), Kendrick Lamar (“Swimming Pools”) A$AP Rocky (“F—in’ Problems”) and J. Cole (“Power Trip”).
Last year, Drake and Director X (formerly Little X) struck gold when they took home the rapper’s first Moonman for Best Hip Hop Video with “HYFR” at the 2012 VMAs. The video found Drake reliving a bar mitzvah, while his YMCMB brethren looked on. It was different, fun and at times comical, a winning formula that X and Drake drew from for “Started.”
“It’s just a great moment. ‘Started From the Bottom,’ first song off Nothing was the Same, I directed the video, crazy video, a lot of fun,” he said. “I had my cousin and Obi in there making people laugh, it was just all my vision from the get go, so to win for that video would be like the greatest thing ever.”
Drizzy confirmed that he and X will hook up again for more videos for NWTS which drops September 24. The rapper believes he and his fellow Toronto native just found a groove.
“I think it’s just being from the same city, knowing each other for so long. It’s not really like I’m shooting a video with a director that I’m intimidated by, somebody who I don’t get a long with,” he said. “I think he’s really started to understand what the OVO brand is about, what the Drake brand is about, how I want to be represented. The fact that I want to have fun in the videos and that’s what ‘HYFR’ and ‘Started From the Bottom’ was really about and I think we got the point across.”
Of course, some of that credit goes to Drizzy’s hilarious, bald-headed and bearded sidekick Obi. “You’ll definitely see more Obi, Obi’s the real star, I’m just like the guy on the side,” he laughed.