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Orange and Blue: More Than Just Colors

By: Danielle Briskman

Dear Readers,

The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana was founded in 1882 and since then has been a place for students from all over the world to learn and discover their passions. U of I is not just an in-state school, it’s a place for students from all over the world to come together and share their backgrounds and cultures.

As a U of I alum, this place has meant a lot to me for the four years that I attended, as well as my years post-graduation. UIUC was where I discovered that English was my one true passion. I had teachers who inspired me to read texts I never thought I would understand and to go outside my comfort zone.


                                           INTERVIEW WITH DRAKE

                                                        By: GQ Magazine

Drake is a rap and hip-hop artist who has become famous with his rhythmic beats mixed with soulful lyrics. Drake was born in Canada, but now lives in the United States where he continues to create and produce music.

GQ: What's the first rap album you listened to?

Drake: When my dad drove me to Memphis one time from Toronto, it was a 20-something hour drive. I brought my Snoop Dogg cassette. I asked him, "Dad, can I please play this? Mom won't let me play it in the house." He was like, "Yeah. You can play it for 20 minutes. And then we listen to an hour of my music."

GQ: And what was that?

Drake: That was Al Green, that was the Spinners, that was Sade. That was Marvin Gaye. At the time, I was like, "Aw, man, come on, 20 minutes?" But it really was pivotal for me because I started listening to the melodies and the emotion in this music that he was playing me. It grabbed me maybe even a little more than that Snoop Dogg cassette did. I would say that I'm more moved by melody, even though I love to rap.

GQ: But did you want to be an actor when you were a kid?

Drake: That's all I wanted to do, at first. I loved music. I just didn't necessarily believe in music being the focus right away. But I used to watch, at the time, young kids that were poppin'—it was B2K and Bow Wow. It was that generation of the R&B group, and the sort of every song is a "girl" song—it was all targeted towards screaming girls—the Scream Tour. You remember?

GQ: Wait, so you were thinking about your career at 15?

Drake: Yeah, 15, 16, I mean, 17, 18, is when I was really getting into that hip hop phase, you know, and really studying the things that I needed to study as far as learning about flows and learning about lyrics.

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