Brad Wete
July 02, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

With a No. 1 album (Thank Me Later) and a top five single (”Find Your Love”), Drake is the world’s hottest young rapper. Later recently sold an impressive 447,000 copies its first week — even more notable given its often-gloomy lyrics. ”The first three songs are just about life taking its toll on me,” says Drake, 23, who starred on Degrassi: The Next Generation and scored several big hits before recording Later. ”You think [fame] is all good. But money doesn’t drive my life, and random sex every night doesn’t satisfy me, so certain things are escaping me.” Sounds pretty rough…

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