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Fans On Debut “Lost In Emotions”, Drake Hopes…

Drake isn’t a singer-and he’s the first to admit it. When he released his highly touted 2009 mixtape “So Far Gone,” which finds the Toronto-raised artist singing and rapping, he thought he made a huge mistake. “People were like, ‘What is this? There’s way too much singing on here,’ ” he says. “We were really nervous about it and for like a week I was having a serious breakdown.”

But a month later, Drake, born Aubrey Graham, realized there was a method to the madness. “Within like four weeks I noticed I had a brand-new sound that takes a while to digest and understand. Things started to pick up and I started to learn the value of taking risks,” he says.

Now, the venture is paying off. Last month when the Grammy nominations were announced, Drake learned he was up for best rap solo performance and best rap song for “Best I Ever Had” off “So Far Gone.”

“I can’t say this is unexpected, because, I mean, it’s something that’s kept me up many nights,” the 23-year-old says. “I dreamed about this for a lot of years and have lost lots of sleep over it. This is like the highest honor and I am humbled by this. It’s one of the few awards that isn’t a popularity contest; you have to make great music to be honored, and this is completely surreal to me.”

It’s an honor, however, that has an unintended side effect. With the two nominations that stemmed from his mixtape, that puts Drake out of the running for best new artist in 2010, when his debut album is released.

Lady Gaga experienced a similar technicality in 2009, as she was ineligible for best new artist since her track “Just Dance” was nominated for best dance recording the previous year. The best new artist rules say the nominated performer is eligible for “the first recording which establishes public identity,” and a prior nomination indicates that this threshold has already been reached.

But that may be just a tiny regret for Drake, who is set up to receive tremendous exposure for his forthcoming set. Drake, who got signed to Universal Motown through mentor Lil Wayne’s Young Money label shortly after the release of “So Far Gone,” is prepping “Thank Me Later,” slated for a February March release. “The best part about ‘So Far Gone’ was that I didn’t focus on structure. The only thing that was consistent was the story and the emotion. That’s what I want to do with this album,” Drake says. “I make music for people to get lost in it, so, as long as it takes you somewhere, then I’ve succeeded.”

So far, the album features Kanye West, Wayne, Young Jeezy and Jay-Z, and a collaboration with Sade is on Drake’s wish list. “Something happened last night too that might be great-it might serve as the legendary sprinkle for the album,” Drake says about another potential partnership on the set. “Shut It Down” and “Fireworks” are two tracks slated to make the album’s final cut.

“In 2010 I’m really hoping I can stay true to this new way of life I’ve committed myself to,” he says. “I have a special plan to keep the free flow of music going after the album is released. This is definitely a unique path I’m setting out on, and honestly, it’s great. I’m honored to be in this position.“

The Media Center has been update with two new tracks from Drake – Come With Me & Zone. Check them out!

Aubrey Drake Graham Signs With ICM

ICM has signed Aubrey Graham, otherwise known as Drake, the fast-rising, Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist whose “Best I Ever Had” single hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rap Charts and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 — all without having been signed to a label. ICM will rep the rapper-actor in all phases of his career.

Until last summer, Drake was best known as Jimmy Brooks in his role on Canada’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” But all that changed this year when his mentor Lil Wayne and Lil Wayne’s longtime manager Cortez Bryant assisted in launching Drake’s hip hop career, and the success of Drake’s “Best” single helped land a deal with Young Money Entertainment, with distribution through Universal Motown, resulting in a $2 million development payday, as reported by the LA Times. The song is nominated for two Grammy Awards: best rap solo performance and best rap song. He also received an American Music Award nom for hip-hop newcomer of the year.

Drake is working on his label LP debut, “Thank Me Later,” which will be released later this year. The artist’s self distributed mix-tape compilation, “So Far Gone,” has sold 267,484 units to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Drake is co-managed by Bryant Management and Hip Hop Since 1978.

Drake Ranks On MTV’s “Men Of Year Coutdown” 09′

Drake’s rise to superstardom was one of the biggest stories of 2009. From his humble beginnings as Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” Drizzy (born Aubrey Graham) took the hip-hop world by storm, thanks to the success of his So Far Gone mixtape and subsequent partnership with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. Drake collaborated with the biggest names in the game, was co-signed by everyone from Bun B to Kanye, and didn’t let a little thing like tearing the ligaments in his knee stop his climb. Grammy nominated, often-imitated, Drake came out of nowhere to lay the blueprint for success in ‘09. Now he knows G4 pilots on a first-name basis.

2009 Highlights: In February, he made his So Far Gone mixtape available for free on his MySpace page, and it all went nuts from there. Drake jumped on Lil Wayne’s I Am Music Tour soon after, and was quickly named a “Fire Starter” by MTV News’ Hip-Hop Brain Trust. Then, riding a wave of hype, he headlined a Hot 97 “Who’s Next Live” show at New York club SOB’s, wowing a crowd that included the likes of Eminem, Kanye West and Talib Kweli.

With fame came certified sex-symbol status, which meant whispers that he and Rihanna were an item (which he denied), and he tried to downplay it all by proclaiming himself not to be a ladies man, but rather, “An honest man.” Of course, it was kind of difficult to hear him over the throngs of squealing ladies who followed his every move. Continue reading

Degrassi Co-Stars Support Aubrey Graham

Drake has gone from starring on the Canadian teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” under the name Aubrey Graham, to being nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Video Music Awards. And his former “Degrassi” co-stars Lauren Collins and Adamo Ruggiero couldn’t be more excited to have one of their own up for a Moonman.

“You’d better win!” Collins joked to MTV News when the duo stopped by to promote their TV movie “Degrassi Goes Hollywood,” which airs Friday on the N. “I hope he wins. I think he might.”

Meanwhile, Ruggiero has it all planned out about what will happen if Drake wins. “Bring the awards home, and we’ll, like, polish them together,” he laughed. “We’re gonna be so honored to see him there.”

Aside from all things Drake, the pair are also stoked to see what Lady Gaga will come up with when she takes the VMA stage September 13. “No one knows what she’s going to wear,” Ruggiero said. “I think she’ll sing ‘Paparazzi.’ I’m pretty sure she’ll sing that. I think she’s awesome and super cool and breaks the mold. She’s gonna take it over.”

Collins agreed, saying, “I don’t think we can even fathom what she’s going to do.” Plus, Collins thinks Gaga’s biggest VMA competition, Beyonce, probably has enough Moonmen at this point. “I kind of think it’s Gaga’s year. And I’m sure Beyonce has 400 VMAs in her fantastic home.”

Updates: Drake Cartoon Video, Drake Radio, and New Show!

There’s a couple updates that are going on here over at DrizzyDrake.org. I have been working day and night fixing minor subtle glitches on the website, so everybody can view it the way it should be viewed. If your using Firefox your fine, but no need to worry everything is good.

Drake Starring In “Us & Them”

You heard right, Aubrey Drake Graham is starring in a new Canadian Sitcom. TORONTO — Tonya Lee Williams (“The Young and the Restless”) and Grace Park (“Battlestar Galactica”) are making a run for “The Border,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and ION Television action drama. Continue reading

America’s Most Wanted Music Festival Tour Dates

Planning on checking out Drake on Tour at the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival, here are the tour dates.

Wayne, Jeezy, Drake and Soulja Boy

July 27 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
July 29 – Saratoga, NY @ Performing Arts Center
July 30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
July 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 1 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Theater
August 2 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 4 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
August 5 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
August 6 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Pavilion
August 7 – Washington, D.C. @ Nissan Pavilion
August 8 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
August 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
August 8 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
August 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
August 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBD
August 14 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 15 – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
August 17 – Vancouver, BC @ GM Place
August 18 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
August 20 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
August 22 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 23 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center

Drake Premiere: Best I Ever Had Music Video

Drake’s new video for “Best I Ever Had,” directed by Kanye West, premiered Wednesday night. In it, Drizzy coaches a basketball team of well-endowed female lovelies, clad in revealing pink uniforms, who face a more focused and skillful squad of women. Coach Drake doesn’t seem heartbroken that his hoopers won’t exactly draw comparisons to the Dream Team.

“Some of us younger men, we refer to our affiliation with women like a roster,” Drake said, explaining the clip’s concept to MTV News. “You have key women in your life when you’re single and doing your thing.”

“Best I Ever Had” is the first video from his debut LP, Thank Me Later, which he aims to release later this year, now that he’s signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. Of course he does. He’s red-hot right now, thanks to the mixtape So Far Gone.

“I just gotta get this tour knocked out,” he said earlier this week, smiling about going on the road as part of the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival, which will feature Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy Tell’em and Young Jeezy. “I am working on [the album] right now. I’ve actually started. I was in the studio with Pharrell, and it’s basically a pretty lax process for us.

“Basically, So Far Gone worked,” he continued, talking about his strategy for the highly anticipated LP. “So, let’s just try to do it again. You know, let’s try and act as if we were making a second disc to So Far Gone.”

Source: MTV

Nas Talks About All The Drake Buzz

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Nas is currently on tour promoting his shows, but he did have time to give an interview with Obaha World Herald about the latest buzz going on about Drake. Nas talks about who he is currently listening to and what he thinks about Drake, “I’m listening to Drake and always Scarface.” He also goes on to mention in the interview, “Drake is new. He’s here to show anybody who questions him that he’ll get at you. He’s like fresh water right now on dry land.”

He goes on and talks about the the respect he has for Scarface and he thinks that Kanye West right now is the most musically serious. That’s it for now.