Drake has seen his name in plenty of headlines over the past year, whether for his relationship with Rihanna, his Twitter marriage to Nicki Minaj, or rumored fight with Chris Brown. The 25-year-old hip-hop phenom, whose latest album Take Care is expected to sell around 700,000 copies in its first week, spoke about some of the big names he’s been linked with in an interview with The Daily Beast. Find out about his “mind-blowing” encounter with Rihanna, his alleged altercation with Chris Brown, desire to meet President Obama, and why he could spend the rest of his life with Nicki Minaj.
On meeting Rihanna for the first time: “I came straight from Toronto, just a kid that was trying to get out of my mom’s house, and the first person I meet is a girl that’s the biggest person you could possibly meet at my age. So I meet her and it was just mind-blowing. I couldn’t believe she’d even want to talk to me. I read some interview where they painted me as so sad and heartbroken, but we’re cool. I was never torn apart by that situation.”
On rumors that Chris Brown elbowed him over Rihanna: “I respect Chris Brown. I’d like to call myself a friend—I don’t know if I’m allowed to do that. But I definitely didn’t get elbowed in my face.
On meeting Bill Clinton: “One of my favorite pictures I have in my house is of me and Bill and I’m wearing a zebra Supreme jacket and he’s wearing a suit. It’s wild!”
On why Nicki Minaj is his perfect woman: “If there’s any woman in my life that’s the ideal woman for me, it’s definitely Nicki. I like the stripped-down Nicki. I like Nicki with no makeup, black hair, some casual clothes in a recording booth rapping an amazing verse. That’s sexy to me. I know some great women, but all jokes aside, Nicki is somebody I could spend my life with because I think we understand each other.”
On President Obama: “I ran into somebody who works for Barack Obama the other day, and she’s like, ‘I’m so sorry we haven’t called you, but we can’t have Canadian citizens perform or be a part of U.S. politics. I was like, ‘Well I’m a dual citizen!’ And she was like, ‘No way! Well, you’ve got to come now.’ So I think I might actually get a chance to meet Barack.”