Drake is a very popular artist with millions of fans, with hits like Hotline Bling and One Dance that are played over and over without losing any of their appeal. What makes Drizzy’s music so irresistible? This is a topic that was recently covered by Chilly Gonzales on the Beats 1 radio show Music’s Cool. Gonzales has collaborated with the Toronto rapper many times in the past so if anyone would know the answers Chilly would. The show host played many roles in Drake’s Take Care album, playing the piano in the hit track Marvin’s Room and some of the other tracks on the album as well. While analyzing Drake’s music Chilly pointed out that ambiguous major chords play a role in the popularity that the 6 god’s music has. If this is the case then Drake is not alone, many bands and artists in the past including Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac and used the same strategy. The Gonzales analysis of the rapper from Toronto can be listened to online. It was also recently come out that when Drizzy boasted in his song “buying his neighbors house if they complained about the noise” he was not joking, the artist did just that in 2015.
Drake has been spending some time in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the rapper from Toronto has been spotted in a number of places. Drizzy recently visited the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in the city and he had some words of encouragement for young people in the country. There was a crowd of young people waiting when Drake arrived. Before giving a speech to the crowd Drizzy toured the centre with members of Mandela’s family and Minister to the Presidency Radebe. After the private tour the rapper addressed the crowd in the auditorium, telling them “I encourage you to do everything that you can to make the future here as bright as you possibly can. We’re all young. We all have some end goal or some dream.”
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While fans were eagerly waiting for Drake’s newest album Views to be released the Toronto rapper gave an interview with 40 to Nardwuar, and it was epic. A video of the interview was taped and it can be found online. The last time Drizzy teamed up with 40 to give an interview to Nardwuar it was 2010.
A few weeks ago a Snapchat video was posted by Nardwuar that showed Drake in the Toronto studio for 40, and finally the full interview has been released to the public.
During the interview with Drizzy talked about Vybz Kartel, and he discussed being in Jamaica and almost getting arrested. Tommy Thomas also had a special message for Toronto’s most well known rapper during the interview as well.
Drake is not known for handing out interviews freely so fans were excited when OVO Sound Radio held a special edition last Thursday night so that Zane Lowe could air an exclusive interview with Drake. At the same time fans were waiting for the second when Drizzy’s latest album Views From the 6 finally released and could be streamed or purchased.
During the exclusive interview Drake and Lowe discussed his album Views and what inspired him to create the tracks. Drizzy also explained the various relationships in his life, covering Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, and The Weeknd. Drake talked about plans for future music releases, whether he will ever return to acting again, and a variety of other subjects as well. The full interview can be found below.
Recently Rick Ross seemed to step into the feud between Meek Mill and Drake, and this surprised many because Ross has always seemed to have a good relationship with both artists. In 2011 Rick Ross signed Mill for Maybach Music Group and has been like a surrogate father/brother and a mentor to Mill ever since. In the past Ross has worked and collaborated with Drake, and the pair seemed to have a friendly relationship. The new Color Money track puts this into question with the subliminal dig that many say is directed straight at Dizzy and is in defense of Meek Mill. The lyrics of the song include the lines “Color money got your bitch out on a world tour/ My lil’ homie made a million on his girl tour/ We back to back and down to whack a n—a unborn/ Miami n—as got them changing all the gun laws/ So run, Forrest, got some shooters and they dying, too/ I got more money than that p—y that you’re signed to.”
During a December 3rd interview on the Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club program Ross was asked whether he was trying to take a shot at Drake because of the Drizzy/Meek Mill feud. Ross responded by saying “That record is what it is. It’s a lot of different people that’s gonna interpret it a lot of different ways, and it is what it is.” When the interviewer tried to determine whether Ross was simply playing with words or if the artist meant to diss Drake on purpose Rick commented “Everybody who know Rozay, know how I get down. And when I come, I come. So, I’d just say, let’s see how it unfold. We most definitely know how I come and what I do. I don’t play no games.” Apparently Ross meant to hit at Drizzy and his lyrics were no coincidence.
The Color Money lyric “that p—y that you’re signed to” has also raised questions. Is Rick Ross talking about J. Prince? Is it a reference to Birdman? Is it a diss at Lil Wayne as well? When Ross was questioned about this line and who it was referring to he stated “Weezy my homie. I was just with Weezy the other night at the club; he was just on the remix with me. J. Prince, that’s my big homie. Anything else, take it how you want it. Take it how you want it.”
What about Birdman? Ross denied a relationship with the big boss, saying “I don’t have one with Birdman. If you read The Source magazine, you would see that, right now, me just seeing what Wayne going through as an artist, him being a boss, me idolizing Birdman at a time, me looking up to Lil Wayne, Wayne being the first artist to make so many feats, not just as an artist, but an artist coming from the South — that’s something that I took personal. So, for me to see the way things are transpiring, I can’t respect that. And I don’t respect that. That ain’t the way this game built to be on, and I ain’t wit it. And I ain’t nobody you could play with.”
Erykah Badu has been busy promoting ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’, her newly released mixtape, and on The Real the singer discussed Drake and the friendship that has grown between the two of them. Badu discussed how the two musicians started to become friends and she details the fact that Drake was the inspiration for her new mixtape.
Badu is such a fan of the Canadian musician that she has created a remix of his new hit Hotline Bling, one of many remixes that have been appearing for this song. The same story was shared in an interview on the Breakfast Club that occurred earlier in the week.
Badu’s new mixtape features phone themed songs and it already has some loyal fans and followers. Two of the songs on the mixtape feature ItsRoutine, a rapper who many mistakenly identified as Drake, but who Badu confirmed is not. Maybe the two musicians will work on a mixtape together in the future. The video of the interview can be found online.
Childish Gambino stopped by Tim Westwood in the UK while gearing up to release his upcoming album ‘Because The Internet’. Gambino had nothing but good things to say about Drake.
“I think he’s one of the best writers of our generation. I think he could be the best, if not one of the best of our generation”
A couple of days ago Drake released the music video for “Worst Behavior” which was directed by X. Director X spoke to Noisey about the video and here is what he had to say.
“Drake writes his own treatments. He came up with the whole concept, and we started in early October. He already had the idea together, and took it to Memphis to see his father’s side of the family. Dennis is the man in Memphis, and Willie Mitchell is his family. In those scenes, those are all of his uncles, in the beginning. It’s all of his family.”
Drake and The Children:
“It’s not like Drake changes who he is when he goes to Memphis, it’s just him. It just makes more sense, it explains a bit of him. The scene with all of the cars, across the street from the soul food place, right around the corner from the studio, those are just neighborhood kids.”
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“The boys had that own suit made for the skit, it was a very free flowing process when they got together. They had the owl suit made. The real reason was just them having fun and just doing something funny. That’s Drake. We wanted to do a skit and we had all of these elements to play with so, it happens very fast and is very free flowing. Drake got Three 6 guys for the video. They’re Memphis dudes, so it just worked.”
“Unsweet Tea was a guy who was just there. It was very organic. [Laughs] When we were shooting the pink limos, I pulled up and I saw him outside and he was dancing. That was before, he was just dancing around. So, one of the guys grabbed him and was like, ‘He’s going to be in it.’ And the next thing you know, meet Unsweet Tea. Just worst behavior, doing what we had to do to get it done.”
The Chicken Spot:
“The chicken spot and the restaurant with the limos outside of it, that’s right around the corner from Drake’s grandmother’s house, where he used to go every summer. And his father would drive around there and that’s where he’d be at. You’re really talking about a neighborhood that he knows. That restaurant and those pink limos, and the pink trailer, that’s part of the restaurant’s whole scene. That’s what Drake knows, that’s where he spent his summers. That’s what it’s all about.”
His Grandmother’s House:
“There’s nothing really to show besides, it’s Drake. I thought it was really important to get to his grandmother’s house so you can see that, and just to go to certain staples and see certain things.”
“You can’t clear Beale St. You just deal with it. That’s why it looks like he’s walking down the street with a freakin’ mob because everyone on Beale St. was following him. Memphis is a town for grown-ups, so you can walk around with alcohol in the street. It’s some real-grown up shit. So you can have your alcohol and be outside.”
“That girl is an artist [Mary Gold], but she’s a really dope artist that Drake wanted to bring out and put in the video. Drake says she’s dope, so she’s dope.”