Drake is arguably having one of his best years to date, mostly thanks to the success of Drake’s two chart-topping mixtapes, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What a Time to Be Alive. However, is Drake planning on even bigger success with new ventures in 2016?
While Drake may be keeping fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of his highly anticipated studio LP Views from the 6, Drake is now opening up about his plans to hopefully get back into the acting scene after rising to fame for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
In a new interview with W for the fashion magazine’s biannual special art edition, Drake reflects on his former success as both a television actor and a host for the 2014 ESPY awards.
Speaking on his decision to get into music despite his growing popularity on Degrassi, Drake admits that the show’s producers ultimately made him choose between an acting career and further pursuing his dreams of becoming a rapper.
Drake, who landed his role on Degrassi at just 14-years-old, admits that his commitment to his music was “part of the reason” that he was kicked off of the show.
“Back then, I’d spend a full day on set and then go to the studio to make music until 4 or 5 a.m. I’d sleep in my dressing room and then be in front of the cameras again by 9 a.m.”
Drake further explains that when producers realized that he was juggling two professions and appeared to be equally committed to both, they made him choose between Degrassi and his music.
“I chose this life,” Drake laughs, reflecting on his decision to pursue music over his already budding career as an actor.
While Drake may be seeing record-breaking success with each studio album, Drake admits that he “can’t wait” to get back into acting.
“No one ever asks me to do movies, and, although my music is my focal point now, I’d love to do a film.”
Drake admits that acting was his whole life before he dedicated himself to his music, leaving Drake to ponder the possibilities of being able to break back into the film industry while continuing to juggle music.
While fans may be able to see Drake on the big screen in the future, most are more eager to hear what Drake has in store for his highly anticipated Views from the 6 album, which has been further pushed back to a 2016 release date as confirmed by Drake himself.
Drake made the announcement to fans during his show in Austin, Texas, last week, telling concertgoers that while the music video for “Hotline Bling” is due out any day now, Drake will be spending the rest of 2015 trying to complete Views from the 6, Time reports.
While fans took to social media to bash Drake for continuing to delay the project despite his release of both If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What a Time to Be Alive earlier this year, Drake previously admitted to the Fader that he has high expectations for Views and is committing his time to making it the perfect studio album.
Drake admits that despite the success of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, the so-called “retail album” is “a bit broken.”
Drake explains that while he and producer Noah “40” Shebib cut corners in making the mixtape, which debuted in February of this year, Drake admits that both he and 40 have already spent “weeks and months” on ensuring Views from the 6 is exactly the way that Drake wants it to be.
What do you think of Drake’s plans to hopefully get back into acting in the future?
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