Costumes, antics and Skylar Diggins are currently Drake’s biggest concerns. The rapper is set to host the 2014 ESPYs Awards Wednesday night, July 16th at 9:00 pm EST, and took time from the studio to chat with StyleBlazer. As the first major award show hosting gig for the Toronto talent, he was excited to talk about the show and how it all came together.
To be honest: We were looking for intel on what he is planning to wear, but we got a whole lot more from the conversation.
See what he had to say below!
On what he plans to wear to the show: “I’m not exactly sure what brands I’m going to be wearing. I’ll figure out the suit aspect probably next week and what particular designers I’ll be wearing. But I’m more excited about the costumes and the sort of athlete outfits that I’ll be draped in for you all to admire. I’m also excited to see what the athletes are wearing through the show because that can make for a joke in itself. I might just cut to somebody and I won’t have to say anything.”
On his past and present relationship status: “Well, actually, my status hasn’t changed, just to clear that up. I’ve always been out here coasting. But aside from that, the ESPYS is my main focus. When I commit to something, I don’t let my focus stray.”
On the big Lebron James decision to got back to the Cleveland Cavaliers: “For the last week and a half I’ve probably been bothering LeBron as much as the press has trying to figure out what his decision is going to be. I think if we can give out an award at the ESPYS for incredible essay writing, I would definitely love to present that to him because I think what he just did was Patriotic in its own way, was courageous and was just, to me, I think it’s going to be one of the most historic things of our generation. I’m just honored to know him and glad that I’ve gotten to, no pun intended, witness this moment for sure. I think it’s an incredible thing.”
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On how music influences sports, and vice versa: “I think that when I speak to any of my friends that play sports they’re always super into music, whether it be rap or other genres. My dream in life, or my other dream in life that I’ll obviously never achieve, was to go to college and be recruited and play in the league. So I think they’re synonymous in that way. We inspire each other, and I think that’s what really ties music and sports together.”
On proclaiming his love of Skylar Diggins during the show: “Well, I obviously don’t want to give away the material. But I do have a growing affection for Skylar, and I’m not sure she’ll be able to make it, but I’m sure I’ll give you a treat if you enjoy my past references.”
On him being accused of jumping teams: “First of all, I’d like to say that despite what everyone on the internet thinks, I do not team jump. I’ve been in the past, I’ve always supported the player and not the institution unless it’s the Kentucky Wildcats or the Toronto Raptors. Those are two teams that I will never stray from. I’m just a supportive friend. With the recent news, of course I’m going to go of course I’m going to go watch games in Cleveland. If not for LeBron, who like I said has been a brother to me for years, I mean, we’ve got three kids from Toronto on one team, plus we have Manziel who, again, is part of our family and like a brother. I definitely have to look into some real estate in Cleveland and maybe make some trips this year. ”
On who he’s looking forward to meeting: “I’ve never met Skylar. I’m sure it will be extremely awkward when I do. But I guess that would be my answer if she manages to show up, which she probably won’t. Her boyfriend will probably tie her down to a chair or something. But, yeah, if I ever get to meet her I probably owe her an apology right off the bat. It’s been all in good spirits. But, yeah, that is the one person I’d like to meet.”
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