5 Things We Learned From Drake's 'Cal Cast' Interview

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Drake performs onstage at Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash Block Show at Phillips Arena on June 20, 2015 in Atlanta.

University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari’s latest Cal Cast interviewee was the one and only Drake, whom he describes as a “multi-talented superstar who does it all.” Calipari and the mega-star have known each other for nearly a decade, which makes the podcast quite candid.

Drake revealed a plethora of things that fans may not have known, touching upon his dreams of becoming legendary, wanting to collaborate with Sade and being inspired by Bob Marley.

Aside from music, the “Fake Love” rapper reminisced on his life as a young man -- long before he was Champagne Papi. Drake admits that he had somewhat of a hard time fitting in at school, reminiscing on his life-changing Degrassi audition. And yes, he wants to get back into television, possibly as a late-night talk show host at some point in his career.

Here are 5 things we learned about Drake:

On his first acting gig:
"I think my first season of Degrassi I was 15 or 16 … that was the first thing I ever landed. The role was for a caucasian football player, and they changed the role to a mixed-race basketball player and that’s how I started."

On trying to fit in at school:
"I was in a position where I was going to school, just a place where I felt like I didn’t fit in. I felt a lot of pressure to sort of make friends by any means necessary. I didn’t have many friends there. And I did something very stupid, which I made sure I never did again. And this is a huge reason why I behave the way I behave now. I went to this kid’s house, I just wanted to fit in and be cool. It was like a couple of hours before my audition for Degrassi and I got high for the first time, stupidly enough, and I had to go to my first audition ever."

On the longest he has been in the studio:
"Doing stretches or long runs is kind of the norm for me. I’ll sleep for like six hours then try and get like a 14-hour run in on any given day really. But when a project is coming to a close, we’ve gone to extremes to finish things. I’ve had an air mattress set up in a recording space where I’ll just try and grab 20 minutes here, an hour here. I’ve gone five days straight without a solid six- or eight-hour sleep."

On his biggest fear in life:
"My biggest fear is always ‘when I’m not doing it, there’s some else that’s doing it.’ That’s my biggest fear in life. … When I take a night off for my personal life. When I choose to decompress or relax. Not in the back of my mind, in the front of my mind, my biggest fear is ‘there’s somebody not relaxing right now and they're going to stumble upon something.'"

On his relationship with his mother:
"She’s this tiny woman and she’s overcome so much. … She just bounced back from us being down to nothing, in the negative even."

Listen to the Cal Cast featuring Drake below.


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