We could all learn a lesson from Drizzy.
Drake gave his fans a tour of his temporary Toronto home on Instagram Live last night. The digs that Drizzy is occupying while his new home is built was largely unfurnished, but featured beautiful floors and an incredible view of the city. While fans were given a glimpse at Drake’s art collection as he moved through the house, one piece in particular stood out. In the unfinished room that will be the studio, a neon sign that read “Less Drake More Tupac” glowed from the wall.
“Of course!” he said as the camera panned over it. Drake’s actually owned the piece since 2012. He purchased it at an art show in Los Angeles and it has hung in his Miami studio ever since. He explained his reasoning for purchasing the flourescent art in an interview with Complex.
“I bought a piece of art when I was in LA, I went to an art showing,” he said. “I was walking around looking at all the pieces, and I came to this one piece and my heart dropped. It was this light piece, and it said ‘Less Drake, More Tupac.’”
His initial reaction was exactly what you might expect. “I’m staring at the wall, man, and at first it was just anger,” he said. “I felt like ripping that sh*t down. Then I stood there for a second, and I was like, ‘That’s my name up there. I’m representative of this generation and this guy loved Pac enough to make this piece, and that’s f*cking amazing man.’”
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“But just the fact that my name is up there at this art gallery as a piece of someone’s art, and they felt like… It could have been anybody else,” he continued. “It’s evident that he doesn’t like my music, which is okay…I put it in my place in Miami, in the studio, just to remind me that I’m doing something right.”
Being seen as representative of his genre is overall a positive to him, even if he’s being used to make some old head’s point. He purchased the piece for $6,000 and he hoped that his status as a generational icon would continue well into the future. Recognizing that hip-hop is constantly struggling between the classics of one generation and the innovation of a younger generation, the rapper said that he hopes to be on the other side of this sort of argument in the future.
“You know what?” he said. “I hope some day someone will make that piece for me, and it’ll be like, ‘Less Whatever, More Drake.’”
Take a look at the video of Drake’s tour, complete with an entirely approriate shot of the CN Tower, up top. What do you think? Is Drake a good sport for buying the work? Would you do the same in his shoes? More importantly, will Drake be held up like Tupac as a weapon against a future generation of rappers? Should he be used as a representative of this generation of rappers or is there a more worthy candidate? Also, which generation does Drake belong to in the first place? And have we already moved beyond his time?
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