During NBA All Star Celebrity Game Drake Receives Key to Toronto

During NBA All Star Celebrity Game Drake Receives Key to Toronto

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In his latest hit Summer Sixteen Drake raps about receiving the key to his hometown of Toronto, and the rapper got what he wished for on Friday February 12 during the NBA All Star Celebrity Game. Drake has been called “The world’s most famous Torontonian” by some and for good reasons. In fact Drizzy got the key to Toronto from Mayor John Tory before Drake coached Team Canada to a win against Team USA. Some of the other people who have received the key to Toronto include Celine Dion, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama so Drake is in very good company. There is one catch though: Drizzy can not give the key away like he sings about in his song. The lyrics for Summer Sixteen include the lines “Six, six, six, six / Soon as I’m back in the city they throw a parade / I might get a key to the city and give it to Wayne / Or give it to one of the young boys to carry the wave.”

Mayor Tory tweeted a message before he presented Drake with the key to Toronto, with a picture of the wooden box and the gold key with an inscription that reads Aubrey Drake Graham, and the message saying “I’ll tell him he can’t give it to Wayne.” Mayor Tory also said that he has been asked why Drake is being awarded the key, and he explained at the presentation ceremony that “It’s not just because you are the world most famous Torontonian but because of what you do with your great presentation and with your fame as you promote the city, you love the city and you even renamed the city for a lot of people around the world. I think what people may also not recognize is that you inspire people. You inspire us to be a better city and you inspire a lot kids to be better people and we hope you’ll keep on doing that. We’re counting on you to keep doing that as we build a great city, which is the greatest city in the greatest country in the world.”

After receiving the key to Toronto Drake hugged the mayor as he accepted the key and then took the microphone. Drake told the crowd “I’m nervous. First of all, this is probably one of the biggest moments of my life, if not the biggest moment of my life. I just want to say thank you to a city that is unconditionally supportive and unconditionally loving, a place is such a cultural mosaic, always teaching me so much about life as I’ve grown over the years. And with this amazing honor, I just want to say that… I feel like I have a new purpose and new goal which is just to encourage all the youth in the city — actually anyone of any age — just to understand what we have; this place is really special, this place called Toronto. I will never stop loving this city. I will never stop representing this everywhere I go.”

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