A female journalist was dispatched to interview Drake, the Rapper Formerly Known as Jimmy From Degrassi, for GQ, and instead of a professional, business-like get-to-know-you hang, the thing unfolded like "the most amazing first date ever."
Here's what's clear: Drake likes to seduce women. Drake has spent a lot of time figuring out how to seduce women. Drake has a backyard with waterfalls, a fireplace, a pool full of nude sculptures, a flatscreen playing Sixteen Candles.
Drake claims he is not a player… anymore:
Spritzer in hand, he spreads himself out on the couch and acknowledges that, yes, he had a spell there when he was fucking tons of girls...but that just wasn't right for him: "There's just a time where it was like, just getting pussy. Where I was in that sort of 'I'm young, I'm going to disconnect from my emotions and just do what everyone else tells me I should do and just be a rapper and have my fun.' And for me as a person, it just doesn't work. I just need something else. The seconds after a man reaches climax, that's like the realest moment of your life. If I don't want you next to me in that fifteen, twenty seconds, then there's something wrong."
But let's face it, telling a lady you're a reformed womanizer is the ultimate player move. That's the old me. I've changed. This time it's different. You're different. And this particular profile draws to a close with the writer in Drake's bedroom as he asks the question,
"Are you sleeping with me?"
It's a theoretical, a hypothetical, but also a real question. Women drop their panties in a massive mansion after a little attention, white wine and a roaring fire, right? Clearly it's worked for him in the past, and Lord knows Drake is hot, but I was reminded of an incident, years ago, as I was interviewing the singer Tyrese. He had some kind of fancy sports car, which apparently was a chick magnet, and tried to get me to admit that if I saw him pull up in his car, I would want "a ride" too. Wink wink. It was obvious that he didn't believe me when I said no, and as I explained to him that material objects do very little for me and I am instead turned on by well-read, well-traveled, ginsu-witted, kind-hearted twinkle-eyed mischief makers, his nostrils flared and he said something like you are unique, but you should see my car. And similarly, Claire Hoffman ends her Drake profile with another question from Drake:
"We had wine and dinner by the pool, I brought you inside, I brought the projector down; are you or are you not sleeping with me?"
On the Cover: Drake [GQ]