Drake loves the Cheesecake Factory, UK grime culture, and Harry Potter.
In a recent interview, Drizzy sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about his foray into film and television, which includes a Netflix revival of Top Boy—think The Wire but in London—and Vinsanity documentary The Carter Effect. Being the millennial nerd that he is, Drake also notes that he’s a fan of Hogwarts.
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Of course he’s read every book, but what makes him a real Harry Potter fan when millions of others have done the same? Well, he might spend $160,000 to buy a first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the series’ first entry.
For the past four years, he has been chasing a first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and it’s finally on the market for $160,000. “Yeah, I read them all,” he says of J.K. Rowling’s series, two tiny diamonds glinting from his front teeth as he breaks into a wide smile. I tell him I’m reading the series to my kids, and he immediately peppers me with questions, “What book are you on?” “Goblet of Fire,” I respond. “What part?” Then, as if to talk himself into the purchase, he says: “I should get it. My birthday’s coming up. Maybe I’ll buy it for myself as a treat.”
The article also mentions that he has a piece of art hanging in his apartment that says “Less Drake, More Tupac,” further advancing the idea that Drake knows how to have a sense of humor about himself.
Yet, despite all the monetary success, three Grammys and artistic cred, Drake possesses a self-deprecating streak, which throws me. The 15-foot white walls of his apartment are mostly bare, save for a neon art piece that says: “Less Drake, More Tupac,” from L.A. artist Patrick Martinez. “I love it,” he says of the piece that set him back a mere $6,000 but allows him to take a certain ownership of the haters, and there are many who think he’s not hard enough. “I mean, people are entitled to their opinion, but this opinion, I’d just rather it be here than anywhere else.”
Drake is worth $90 million according to Forbes, so $160,000 is pocket change.