Recently, Drake invited Architectural Digest into the sprawling mansion. Picture: AP
Recently, Drake invited Architectural Digest into the sprawling mansion. Picture: AP

LOOK: Drake channels Tony Montana as he shows off his Toronto home

By Lifestyle reporter Time of article published Apr 9, 2020

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Larger than life. Extravagant. Opulent. There are so many ways one could describe Canadian rapper Drake's Toronto mansion. These are just a few that come to mind.

The baller lifestyle has been treating the 'God's Plan' rapper very well. And it shows. Recently, he invited Architectural Digest into the sprawling mansion.

"Measuring 50 000 square feet, with amenities such as an NBA regulation-size indoor basketball court crowned by a 21-square-foot pyramidal skylight, Drake’s astonishing domicile certainly qualifies as extravagant," writes AD's Mayer Rus.

Envisioned by Canadian architectural and interior designer Ferris Rafauli, it's a home that many can only just marvel at. Clearly influenced by gangster movies of years past, Drake's subtle homages include exotic woods, limestone and bronze. And yet, Rus mentions there's not a single 'Scarface' poster in sight.

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“It’s overwhelming high luxury,” says rapper Drake (@champagnepapi) of the Toronto home he has been crafting over the past six years alongside designer @ferrisrafauli. “That message is delivered through the size of the rooms and the materials and details of the floors and the ceilings. I wanted to make sure people can see the work I’ve put in over the years reflected from every vantage point.” Indeed, the scale of the rooms sets the tone for the home experience from the moment one enters the vast entry hall, above, which is clad in solid limestone with beveled inserts of Nero Marquina marble beneath a faceted ceiling of antique mirror framed in bronze, while two sculptures by @kaws flank the doorway. Discover more of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @jasonschmidtstudio; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @colinking

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“Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years. I wanted it to have a monumental scale and feel,” Drake told the publication. “It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong,” he added.

Dubbed The Embassy, Rafauli described the interiors as modern Art Deco while "referencing a classic historical style that has been tweaked and rejuvenated to mirror the spirit of the times as well as the DNA of his high-profile client". 

Understood. But one can't help wondering if it's just a tad bit over the top? When AD teased pictures of the mansion on its social media platforms, tweeps had a lot to say. One compared it to a Vegas casino, while another just said it was tacky.

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