Drake Plans to Take Time Off to Do Movies ... but Not With Harvey Weinstein

Rapper Drake attends Jewel Nightclub at the Aria Resort and Casino on May 21, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
Rapper Drake attends Jewel Nightclub at the Aria Resort and Casino on May 21, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

If you find yourself going through whine withdrawals or suddenly fiending for singsongy rap songs lamenting lost love in a monotone drone that makes your insides feel like they’re filled with lukewarm tap water from the bathroom faucet, you might be out of luck. Drake’s going on hiatus for a while.


In a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, hip-hop’s light-skinned Keith Sweat revealed that while he has no plans to stop making music, he plans to take some time off to venture into film and television.

“I’m sure I’ll stop [making music] one day,” said the rapper, whose recent release More Life set a record with 90 million streams on the first day. “When it starts to feel like I’m making it up. Hopefully I’ll catch it before I ever get there, right? But right now it feels like we just started, so I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. But I do plan on expanding—to take six months or a year to myself and do some great films. Music’s always there.”

Drake’s first foray into producing movies is debuting in his hometown at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival. The Carter Effect is a documentary about NBA superstar Vince Carter and his effect on basketball, Toronto and the entire country of Canada.

Drake has also teamed up with LeBron James to bring back the critically acclaimed Netflix series Top Boy, which was often referred to as a British version of The Wire.


One person Drake won’t be working with is Hollywood mogul and film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of myriad transgressions that range from inappropriate sexual advances to rape. Drake revealed to the Reporter that Weinstein “chased” him in efforts to get the rap megastar to produce and star in a film called The Heist. Drake said he considered the offer, but after vetting Weinstein, he received too much negative feedback.

All kidding aside, anyone who has seen Drake hosting Saturday Night Live or the ESPY Awards can easily see that the 31-year-old is a gifted, versatile performer. He was believable playing a paraplegic basketball player on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and he was incredibly convincing when he tried to play off getting curved by Rihanna at the MTV Music Awards.


We’re going to miss Drake. We’ll just have to make do with the wonderful catalog of music we already have during the six months to a year he takes off or try to replicate the feeling his music gives us by drinking a room-temperature can of Canada Dry that has been left open on the counter all day.


Either one.



It’s jokes, and they’re funny, but I really do think this is ultimately how black people end up getting more representation in film and tv. Cause the fact of the matter is anyone can make a film or a tv show. It’s the money part and connections that alludes people. So if like say someone knew young thug and pitched him an idea he liked and he decided to finance it. It doesn’t matter if everyone in hollywood thinks it’s shit. It get made and released on a digital platform and press will do the rest of it.