Though Drake has gained a rather wholesome reputation — especially when compared to most rappers — the rapper recently admitted to being influenced by his mentor, Lil Wayne, in more ways than one.
In a candid interview with The Guardian, Drake admitted to drinking codeine (Wayne’s drink of choice) & using drugs to cope with the pressures of fame.
“Have I sipped codeine before? Yeah, of course,” he told the Guardian. “Have I smoked weed? Yes. Do I drink wine? Yes. But do I do it excessively? No. I’m not a reckless guy. I do it all within moderation.”
Drizzy said he could identify with other artists who have succumbed to the pressures of celebrity, saying the stress was ‘overwhelming’.
“You get artists who go crazy and don’t know how to handle it. There are people who have killed themselves. There’s the overwhelming stress, how tired you are, the weight on your shoulders of going out and giving 18,000 people entertainment … It’s a lot of pressure.”
The sad part of this interview? Drake hit the nail on the head regarding the ugly side of the entertainment industry. Kudos to him for his honesty.