Drake is one of the featured guests for the second episode of LeBron James’ new barbershop talk-show series on HBO. After debuting on the subscription-based television network last month, “The Shop” returned this week with a fresh new cast of characters in James’ barbershop setting where no topic or subject matter is too taboo or off limits for debate and discussion.
One of the guests given plenty of screen time in the second episode trailer is rap superstar Drake. When performing, the Toronto rapper appears cool, collected and confident in his abilities to keep 12,000+ fans on their feet throughout an entire concert. In the new trailer, however, Drake opens up about his insecurities about his life and career within an industry that’s driven by youth and rarely sees even the most popular acts go into a serious decline when they begin to lose said popularity over time.
“I think maybe one of my biggest concerns in my career is just to figure out how to exit gracefully” an honest Drake can be heard pondering out loud in the first teaser shared to LeBron James’ Instagram on Monday. “I’ve watched people overstay their welcome, and I just don’t ever want to be that guy.”
The Scorpion rapper goes onto to explain his understanding of how some who are addicted to the thrill of victory and success would be the factors making someone want to stay in the game just a little too long. James, who surely understands the nature of celebrity and popularity in a career field based around youth, quickly dives in to give his friend and fellow entertainer some advice on growing older while in the scrutiny of the showbiz spotlight.
Another trailer shared by HBO on Wednesday continues in giving Drake some screen time for the second episode, which will also welcome rapper Mo Bamba and athletes Ben Simmons, Victor Oladipo and Elena Delle Donne.
“I had like terrible haircuts for a huge portion of my life,” Drake also admits in the video seen above, much to the enjoyment of the other barbershop guests.
Drake’s relatable honesty and concerns is surely a public relations win for the rapper, who disappointed fans once again earlier this week when it was announced that three shows on the already troubled North American tour alongside Migos would be canceled. Fans can still click here to purchase tickets to his upcoming shows at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center later this week.