MTV News caught up with Drake at the All-Star Game this past weekend, where he discusses his success. He makes it real clear that he had to put in hard work for the success he’s had, and his life wasn’t so easy coming up. Watch the video below to here everything he has to say.
Hip-hop heartthrob Drake is keeping it all about the ladies in the video for his Swizz Beatz-produced single “Fancy.” The Young Money MC enlisted Swizzy and T.I. for the Thank Me Later joint’s clip, but even with all that hip-hop testosterone on set, Drizzy insisted that his latest clip is for his female fans.
“It’s just made to make women feel special,” Drizzy told MTV News on the set of the video. “It’s a great performance video.” Drake teamed up with director Anthony Mandler, whom Drizzy dubs a “phenomenal cat” and who has, so far, helmed all the clips for Thank Me Later.
Mandler, Tip and Swizz all put in work on the “Fancy” video, but Drizzy was also geeked out about an artist who was grinding behind the scenes. Drake entrusted the clip’s footwork to renowned choreographer Fatima Robinson and gushed that working with the dance diva was “an honor in itself.” Video after the jump.
A 20-something rap phenom with an eye for the finer things, Drake is finding that when it comes to the ladies, not all of them share his champagne taste. In an exclusive outtake from the documentary “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” the Young Money MC visits New Orleans radio station Q93.3, where he spits a freestyle that goes in about everything from finances to females.
“Why has every woman never dined here before?/ Am I the only 23-year-old wine connoisseur?” Drizzy wonders, as the room erupts with rowdy howls co-signing the hip-hop star’s rhyming skills.
After Drake inked his record deal with the Universal Motown family (in partnership with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label), the Toronto lyricist visited his grandmother to share the good news.
Photographer Jonathan Mannion was present, shooting images of the pair, and recalled the moment Drake and his grandmother had, which he explains in this exclusive outtake from the MTV documentary “Drake: Better Than Good Enough.”
New sneak peak to Drake’s Documentary on MTV’s. A lot of fans are digging the documentary. “Drake’s Better Than Good Enough” airs wednesday, June 23 at 10pm. Don’t miss it, it’s your inside scoop to Drake’s personal life.
“What was interesting is that I didn’t know Drake’s mom was sick,” The Source Executive Editor Amy Andrieux said shortly after the screening. “To see him going into his grind — knowing that now — is incredible. I know family is important to a lot of artists, but a lot of people don’t realize how much effort you have to put in these days. I think that was the most prominent thing about the entire documentary from what we saw. As a rapper, yeah, there’s a certain amount of grind you have to do. There’s constant effort. But it doesn’t mean you’re nice [on the mic], you’re dope. But Drake is doing whatever it takes to be that and to maintain his grind. That was really interesting to see it in film, ’cause you don’t see that.”
Drake tells DJ Envy that there will be a Drake and Lil Wayne album. It’s official! Once Lil Wayne gets out. What you all think about that?
After what happen in Boston where Drake called out Lil Kim for starting beed with Nicki Minaj, Drake finally addresses the situation with DJ Envy.
Nobody can deny that Drake has been the recent buzz of 2009. Just recently Drake Was Honored Complex’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums 2010, Best New Artist On Myspace, and Claimed The #1 Spot In The New York Times 2009 Best Pop List.
In an interview with Complex.com, Drake stated that this album would have mostly singing and only three or four hip hop tracks as in his mixtape So Far Gone. Drake has also stated a desire to work with Kanye West, André 3000, Kid Cudi, Kings of Leon and Sade on the album.
On May 28, 2009, independent label Canadian Money Entertainment sold an unauthorized Drake album, The Girls Love Drake, on iTunes, Rhapsody.com, Shockhound, and Amazon.com. Drake’s management sent a cease and desist order to iTunes, which promptly removed the album from sale on June 5. Drake plans to sue Canadian Money.
Drake resumed work on the album in October 2009 following an onstage injury from a July 2009 concert. “Shut It Down”, featuring singer The-Dream, is the possible first single from the album and to be released in January 2010. Hip hop producer Omen told Billboard magazine that a video for “Shut It Down” would be directed by Hype Williams. However, Drake stated in an interview that “Shut It Down” would be a single but not the first one. We all know now that the album is set to release later this year.
In early November 2009, Wayne officially released a statement explaining that Thank Me Later had been completed. MTV News reported in December that Drake plans the album to be released possibly by March 2010.
Drake – Fireworks (Intro)
“The album opens up with a song I’m really proud of called ‘Fireworks….It’s a great, triumphant record right away. That opens up the scheme, and from there, hopefully, it’s a colorful journey for everybody.” First Line: “Money just changed everything”
Drake ft The Dream – Shut it Down
“It’s sexy. It’s slow, but there’s an energy to it. I rap on it. Me and Dream both sing on it. It’s cool….This song is sort of like an anthem for women, like pre-the club. When they go out and they get dressed up and put their make-up on and get their hair done, they have the capacity to shut the club down.”
Drake ft Jay-Z – Light Up
“When I heard that beat, the drums that they had come up with, it was like, ‘Man, this is a moment,’ ” he said. ” ‘This sounds like where I’m at in my life.’ So, we took it and 40 did what he does to pieces of music that I see potential in — he took it to the next spot. Jay-Z’s on it. The song is phenomenal. It’s done now.”
Collaborations: Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, The Dream
Possible Collabs: Sade, Bun B, Kings of Leon, Nickelus F
Production: 40, Kanye West, Boi-1Da, Northern Profit / Arthur McArthur, Just Blaze
Lots of exciting stuff going on but the stuff I’m doing with Drake is craziest. He’s doing stuff that he hasn’t done before. I want to give you a hint – it’s something so big – but I can’t. – Boi-1da
Drake won’t jump on just anybody’s song for a guest appearance, and he also won’t accept just anybody’s verses for his upcoming debut, Thank Me Later. The 23-year-old MC said his collaborators have to fit into his musical plan.
“I really don’t bank on collaborations unless it makes sense,” Drake said recently in Toronto. “If I get people’s verses back and they don’t coincide with the vision I have, I’ll do the whole album by myself. I’m not really worried about the special guests. It’s about linking to me and my story. There’s people that just add to my story.”
One of those people is Jay-Z. As we’ve previously reported, the Jiggaman laid down bars for the Thank Me Later track “Light Up.”
“So far I’ve done a couple songs where the individuals have been willing to come into my world,” Drake added. “I’m not making the song with the purpose of carefully placing them, like, ‘This record serves this purpose, so you can dance in the clubs.’ It’s about continuing with the vibe that I have and being honest.”
Luckily, Drake’s vision has resonated with hip-hop fans.
“I love the fact that I can tell my story and people enjoy it,” he said. “And it’s catchy. That makes me feel good. The fact I have to perform these songs over again, the fact that they have integrity, I never tire of them.”
Thank Me Later has a tentative March release date! :)
(possible “Thank Me Later” cover art)
Drake speaks on some family turmoil, which led to the making of one of his hit songs on the “So Far Gone” mixtape “Successful”. Aubrey Drake Graham Lately is starting to really show some very vulnerable spots in his life. It’s cool, man is doing his thing.
Michael Jackson was a worldwide phenomenon, and like so many others, up-and-coming MC Drake, who signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label last week, was enthralled with the King of Pop as a youngster.
“[Seeing] Michael Jackson, for me, was one of the first times that I really [felt] the power of an entertainer,” he said. “I remember having ‘Moonwalker’ — I remember having that on [VHS] cassette and I remember how religiously I used to watch it. I used to feel like, as a kid, it was the most amazing place for me to escape to, because it was this world that Michael created. He was the first artist that I ever experienced that really … you’d get lost in Michael Jackson, in his music, the imagery. Now that I’m older I can look back and be like, ‘Wow.’ You know, he was one of the most consistent entertainers of all time. For me, I remember just how much I used to watch that movie and study it.”
Drake said he knew every move and loved the animation in the film. The multi-talented performer also took time to reflect on what the Jackson death means to the world.
“It’s a big loss,” he said. “I think he gave a lot to the world, though, so everyone is going to be sad about it. But I think Mike did something that will never be done again, so you can’t be that sad about it, you go to celebrate him.”
In the wake of Jackson’s death, some media outlets said that the King of Pop lost some of his black fans over the years, due to his frequent plastic surgery, among other reasons. Like the Reverend Al Sharpton, Drake disagreed with those claims.
“I think you either appreciate Michael Jackson or you don’t,” Drake said. “I don’t think it matters about him changing himself. I don’t think black people have resentment towards him for what he did to himself. Those were all personal decisions, you know. And nobody knows what that man was going through to make him want to look like that or change himself. I know there’s things about me that I want to change, just because they make me self-conscious. That’s why I get up and I’m pressed to go to the gym because I look at the TV and I see all these dudes with their shirts off, and it makes me self-conscious. It’s not to the point where I would do anything crazy, but then again, you can’t speak for somebody else. I think you either appreciate him and what he did and what he gave us or you don’t.
“I don’t think it’s fair to say that as a race we hold it against him,” Drake continued. “I think that there’s only so much you can expect from the media, and that’s something I’m learning too, on a smaller scale. But on a personal level, there’s outlets with integrity that actually work for the artists and there’s one’s that try to take you apart. The key to it is not paying attention — but when you get to a Michael Jackson level, it’s kinda hard to not pay attention.”