Drake played basketball star, Jimmy Brooks, who ended up disabled after being shot by a classmate in the 2001 Canadian teen soap 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' but just after seven seasons of the TV show, he was fired for wanting to do music.
The 'From The Bottom' rapper tells W Magazine [October Issue] in a new interview that he lost his job on the film because refused to give up music. Adding that he would spend his day on set before being up all night making music, sometimes as late as 5:00AM.
"Eventually, they realized I was juggling two professions and told me I had to choose. I chose this life," Drake tells the mag.
The 'Worse Behavior' rapper - now worth $75 million - appeared in 139 episodes on the show between 2001 to 2009 before he was dropped but despite his enforced absence from the thrilling world of daytime serials, the rapper and songwriter says he hopes to return to film again.
"I can't wait to get back into acting. No one ever asks me to do movies. Although music is my focal point now, I'd love to do a film," he says, "That was the life that I lived before, and it would be interesting to live it again."
But insists music still remains top priority. "I'm always thinking, How do I top what I've done? How do I make this thing stronger? I ask myself, 'Why does Adele's album go diamond, and how do I do that? How do I create art that makes minds stretch further?' … I want to give many, many people many, many moments before I'm gone. That's truly the art of what I do. It's the only goal." Drake explains.
The modest 28-year-old, who had a high-profile fling with saucy popstrel Rihanna, also explained what he meant when he said he 'signed up for greatness' as he tried to rise above his feud with Meek Mill earlier this year.
"Realizing that I had a larger purpose was one of the most comforting, peaceful feelings. With music, especially, I've come to the conclusion that I'm a vessel to deliver emotion to people. I want to provide the background music to your life as you live it. I'm there for you in heartbreak and tragedy and joy. The thought of being remembered is what keeps me going. What I was trying to say is, the negatives don't matter—it's history that counts," Drake says.