Rising rap star Drake is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard Magazine, due to hit newsstands nationwide next week. In the issue, the Young Money emcee discusses his future in the industry, what fans (and future fans) should expect form his upcoming debut album. Peep a few quotes from the cover story below:

On performing at Bamboozle:
“I want the type of show that doesn’t feel like I’m out of place. And really, that night didn’t feel like I was an outcast. It was really important for me because, like Wayne said, I felt like they were listening, and they were screaming and they were excited. But most important were the faces that I could tell had never even heard of me or seen my face before, yet they were still listening. It was a great feeling.”

On what his album is about:
“It’s very reflective, very personal, but at the same time, it’s fun. It’s about my induction into the rap game, into Hollywood, having famous people that are friends with me. It’s all very overwhelming.”

On his future in the industry:
“I know I have a lot of growing up to do, but I guess unfortunately, people won’t judge me as if this is my first album or my first year in the game,” he says. “This is a crucial moment for me. It actually feels like my last album, not my first. I’ll be working hard to make sure you remember it. I’ll be in your city performing all the songs, and hopefully looking at you in your eyes letting you know it’s real out here, man. I’m ready.”


For more on Drake, pick up the May 29th issue of Billboard Magazine, which is set to hit newsstands next Monday (May 31)!

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