Drake by Zach Gold Covers Vibe's Race Issue
Zach Gold photographed Drake, the 27-year-old rapper responsible for last year's best album according to Vibe, for the publication's winter issue. "I had a few conversations with the magazine's team about my approach," Gold remembered. "Drake is a great, easygoing guy and in most images, he's wearing a huge grin, so I wanted to show a different side of him – something internal and aggressive." Shooting black-and-white closeups added to the intensity of the portraits.
Gold opened up his Brooklyn studio to the musician and his team. "They're all friends from high school and you can feel the connection," he noted. "When Drake arrived, we talked about the creative direction and he was on the same page. I think the pictures came out really well and achieved what we wanted them to."
Watch a behind-the-scenes video of Drake on set below.