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Drake Announces “The Ballet” In Houston

Drake took to Instagram today and posted something about a mysterious event taking place in Houston, Texas on September 5… “The Ballet”

In this mysterious post, Drizzy says “On September 5th we are giving you a chance to experience something that’s here to stay…THE BALLET…10pm”.

What does this mean? Is Drake dusting off his tutu and getting ready to perform ballet like The Rock in “The Game Plan”? Most likely not…

The details regarding this just announced event are very little and knowing Drake, this could mean absolutely anything. As we know, Drizzy likes his dancing so the event that is “here to stay” is becoming very intriguing across social media.

It will be very interesting to see what Drake has in store for the Houston crowd on September 5.

Stay tuned for more information…

 

Drake In The Studio With Future + Preview New Track (Video)

Watch the video below of Drake and Future in the studio together working on there new track. Future release a video blog highlighting some scenes of him and Drake performing in DC as well as them in the studio in Atlanta. Look out for a “future” track soon!

Drake also had this to say about Future, “Probably one of my favorite people to come to the studio with, just based off of his work ethic. Every time I show up here, he just has a like a different album done, he has a new set of like 10 incredible songs to play. So for me, it inspires me.”

Drake Finally Graduates High School

Drake has finally graduated high school, as he has informed us via his twitter about his passing grades. Congrats Drake!

“97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school! Thank you to my teacher Kim Janzen for spending the last 5 months working tirelessly with me!! OVO SOUND”

T-RexXx Gives Speech About Drake At The 2012 Polaris Prize Gala

Yesterday T-RexXx gave a speech on why Drake should win the 2012 Polaris Music Prize Award. Drake was one of the nominees for this award, but unfortunately he didn’t win. Check out T-RexXx’s speech below. Take Care.

Hip-hop is important again. RAPCITY’s back! I’m on TV mama. But I remember when they forgot about rap. I remember when people thought, unless you’re Nickelback, why invest in something that you probably won’t make a nickel back.

So as I stand here to talk about Take Care, I want you all to know that for me this is more than rap. This is more than mansions and vacations – songwriters’ awards, Juno and Grammy nominations.

This is a REVOLUTION in hip-hop for an entire nation.

To the Grand Jury:

Tonight as you pick the #1 album, please consider Take Care ’cause let’s be fair… all the songs are amazing, and my boy 40 went in on those beats, so you can’t deny the affect it’s had from the corporate offices right down to the streets.

Even my landlord was ready to tell me to Take Care until I told him I could get him some seats.

However, tonight we have 10 great albums making it very hard to choose sides. And yes it’s fucked up, Damian, but can you picture the headlines when Drake’s Take Care becomes the first hip-hop album to take the Polaris Prize?

The impact of Take Care is evident. I say that ’cause T remember when rappers from Toronto had fake accents living in the shadow of the U.S. But now we making Young Money and We Da Best more importantly – for our youth this music has created change they don’t wear Yankees fitteds no more, but New Era is sold outta Blue Jays!

Confidence bestowed upon our youth through this music making way for a kid from Brampton, Winnipeg, Scarborough, Forest Hill… that has a love for this art form to confidently use it.

This is more than an album. So many people attach to this body of work for different reasons – this album is 20 songs of celebration, 20 songs of inspiration, and 20 songs of liberation.

‘Cause ‘lord knows, lord knows’ it wasn’t long ago when they’d say that a Canadian kid cant make it rappin’.

Now look what’s happened. The paparazzi can’t stop, won’t stop snappin “DRAKE DRAKE DRAKE Drake!”
Even got your homeboy T-RexXx asking for an interview.

But that’s alright, because Take Care represents us, to the world, from our inner city view.

That’s my rhyme. That’s my time.

Take Care.

Drake & 2 Chainz Nominated At The Soul Train Awards

Drake is dominating the nomination game right now! Drake and 2 Chainz have been nominated for Best Hip-Hop Song for their collaboration on “No Lie” for the 2012 Soul Train Awards. The Soul Train Awards will air Nov. 25th at 9PM on BET and Centric.

Bnous: Drake was also nominated for Best International Act for the 2012 MOBO Awards.

Drake Featured On DJ Drama’s “Quality Street Music” Album

Drake‘s track “We In This Bitch 1.5” featuring Future will be featured in DJ Drama‘s latest project album “Quality Street Music”. The album is set to release October 2nd of this year. Quality Street Music’s tracklist is feature below as well as a few words from DJ Drama.

Quality Street Music will be my fourth studio album, an amazing achievement for a DJ,” said Drama. “This is my favorite and best body of work thus far. QSMfeatures some of the biggest artists and producers in the game. Get ready!

Quality Street Music

1. “Goin’ Down” feat. Fabolous, T-Pain, and Yo Gotti
2. “Never Die” feat. Jadakiss , Cee Lo Green, Nipsey Hussle, and Young Jeezy
3. “My Moment” feat. 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, and Jeremih
4. “We in This Bitch” feat. Young Jeezy, T.I., Ludacris, and Future
5. “So Many Girls” feat. Wale, Tyga, and Roscoe Dash
6. “Clouds” feat. Rick Ross, Miguel, Pusha T, and Curren$y
7. “Chocolate Droppa Skit” – Kevin Hart
8. “I’ma Hata” feat. Waka Flocka Flame, Tyler, the Creator, and Debo
9. “Real N***a in the Building” feat. Travis Porter, and Kirko Bangz
10. “My Way” feat. Common, Lloyd, and Kendrick Lamar
11. “Pledge of Allegiance” featuring Wiz Khalifa, Planet VI, and B.o.B
12. “Same Ol’ Story” ft. Kid Ink, ScHoolboy Q , Cory Gunz, and Childish Gambino
13. “We in This Bitch 1.5? feat. Drake and Future
14. “My Audemars” feat. Meek Mill, Birdman, and Gucci Mane
15. “Monique’s Room” feat. Fred the Godson

Drake Speaks On Aaliyah Project & OVO Fest

T-Rexx from MuchMusic caught up with Drake after his OVO Fest performance in which they talked about his Aaliyah collaboration “Enough Said” and OVO Fest. Drake tells T-Rexx that he has an upcoming Aaliyah project on the way, which he’ll be working on with Noah “40” Shebib. Watch the interview below to get the inside scoop.

Rita Ora Talks Unfinished Track With Drake (Video)

Rita Ora recently talked about her relationship with Drake and a unfinished song titled “What If I Kiss You Right Now”. If the title sounds familiar to you, it’s because a snippet of the track actually leaked online a while ago. Would be great to hear a collab between the two on that track. Watch the video below around 16 minutes where she’s starts talking about it.

Drake Interviews With Now Toronto Before OVO Fest 2012

Drake recently had an interview with NOW which he touched on many different subjects. Some of the topics include finishing up high school, sounding like Toronto, and more. Read the entire interview below.

When you picture how Drake is spending his summer, you’re probably thinking of partying in VIP rooms with famous friends and sipping champagne on a tour bus. Turns out the truth is a lot less glamorous.

“I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school,” admits the rapper on a too-rare visit back home. “That’s my main focus after OVO Fest. I only have one credit left, and I’m really excited about that.”

It’s a particularly Canadian answer from a performer who’s somehow managed to turn all the nice and boring bits of our identity into a wildly successful hip-hop brand. Rival rappers can’t even successfully diss him for being soft, because he’s never bothered pretending to be hard. And as exciting as this city can be, we still tend to fear that we seem provincial compared to places like New York or London.

“As close as we are to New York, it still feels far removed. We feel far removed from that American celebrity lifestyle, and from that kind of success.”

But Drake isn’t so removed from that culture any more, although you get the sense sometimes he wishes he were. His people have made it very clear that we are not to ask any questions about Chris Brown and the club brawl in which he may or may not have been involved. Up until the very last minute it seemed pretty likely that the interview wouldn’t even happen.

On the phone, though, Drake’s high-wattage charm melts away all resentment of the seemingly endless hoops you have to jump through to get access to the superstar. How can you stay mad at someone who was late because of his great-aunt’s funeral?

He exudes the polished professionalism of a major-league superstar, a point in his career he’s arrived at with an image and sound that are irrevocably tied to his hometown. That shouldn’t be so notable, but Toronto has long had an unfortunate tendency to do really good impressions of music from other places.

“When I think of myself, I think of Toronto. My music would never sound the way it does if it weren’t for Toronto,” he says. “You talk about certain artists, and they sound like where they’re from. Myself and the Weeknd, we both just sound like Toronto.”

Our town has never really been known for that particular kind of hip-hop civic pride. Drake started OVO Fest in part to help shift how we see ourselves as a city.

“I just wanted to create a special night for the city. When I grew up, I always used to hear how we never get anything good coming through Toronto.

“We actually do get some great things in Toronto compared to many other places, but it’s true that sometimes you might not see your favourite hip-hop artist for a full year, or even two. Sometimes we do get skipped over here.”

Instead of putting together a huge bill of big names, though, his strategy over the last three years for his hometown mega-concert has been to advertise a relatively small lineup and then blow people away with a stream of superstar surprise guests. Many (including us) were unprepared the first year when people like Jay-Z and Eminem jumped onstage, but by now it’s an established, integral part of the event.

“I don’t want people to just come for the surprise guests, but at the same time I do put in a lot of effort and take a lot of pride in the friends that I can call up to travel to our city. I don’t really call on too many people for favours, but for this one night I do.”

Today, Drake doesn’t need the gimmick of secret guests to fill the Molson Amphitheatre. But after setting the bar even higher last year with a surprise visit by Stevie Wonder (which Drake describes as “one of the most incredible things ever”), he can’t drop that aspect of the experience. Don’t expect many specific hints from him, though – after all, he’s still not even sure who’s going to show up this year.

“I like for it to be a surprise, and a lot of the time we’re working up until the last minute on it. Trying to get Jay-Z up there the first year,? I didn’t even know if he would make it onstage. Trying to get Lil Wayne to land in Canada successfully last year, especially right after he got out of jail?

“A lot of the time it’s very last-minute. Sometimes I’ll only find out 10 minutes before that so-and-so is about to walk onstage. It’s exciting when it works out, but it’s an anxiety attack for the entire time that you’re still unsure about it.”

As much as Drake is all about repping his hometown, early in his career Toronto seemed a bit wary of the former Degrassi star. As has long been the case for Canadian musicians, he had to make it big elsewhere before we embraced him wholeheartedly here.

“Toronto had never really had someone that they thought would take it all the way,” he says. “I can’t fault Toronto for waiting until I broke, through – without getting that approval from America, I wouldn’t have been the guy who took it all the way.”

He almost seems star-struck about himself when speaking of his own success. There’s a palpable sense of disbelief that he turned out to be the guy who finally smashed through that barrier and got Toronto hip-hop on the map globally. Sure, we’ve had local success stories in the past, but nothing on this level in terms of commercial success and influence.

It’s no surprise that he’s booking reclusive local R&B sensation the Weeknd (see sidebar, page 42) to play OVO Fest for the second year running. Drake helped initially expose the singer to the world by posting an early recording on his own blog, and has since developed a close relationship with the emerging artist.

Beyond the two artists’ obvious professional ties, many critics have drawn links between Drake’s confessional, introspective rewiring of rap’s traditionally extroverted bravado and the moody, experimental approach to R&B that’s made singers like the Weeknd and Frank Ocean the current critical darlings.

That sound has been sometimes dismissively labelled “PBR&B” for being hipster-friendly, but there’s something happening to urban music that marks a bigger shift than simply the addition of some indie rock influences into the mix.

“Surface R&B doesn’t work any more,” says Drake. “The whole heartthrob thing, songs about unrealistic love and tearing your shirt off every show – that’s not really where it’s at any more. It’s becoming harder for those guys to sell records, and harder for them to succeed.

“The more you can tap into people’s minds – ‘I think that stuff and I’ve just never been able to say it, and this guy just said it for me’ – that’s the brand of music that’s winning right now, and that’s a great thing. It just makes for better music to listen to.”

It seems that both listeners and critics agree with him. Not only does Drake sell shitloads of records, but he also gets favourable reviews from Pitchfork and stands out like a sore thumb on the indie-dominated Polaris Music Prize shortlist. He’s definitely aware of how unusual a position that is for a top 40 artist.

“At the end of the day I’m an extremely mainstream rapper as far as my popularity goes, so if I can still make music with enough integrity to also please some of the toughest critics, it’s flattering. But I also know the flip side, which is that some people will never give me that moment because I’m part of Young Money, and I’m with Lil Wayne, and I’m not the new rapper who just put out a mixtape that no one knows about yet.”

He seems fairly accepting of the hate that comes at those who are in a position to buy mansions. Of course, having a mansion to come home to probably helps.

It’s not until I ask him why he doesn’t challenge more often the widely repeated myth about his rich upbringing in Forest Hill that I hear frustration in his voice.

“People like to build their own story about my life. I don’t know if it makes them feel better, or if it makes it okay for them to not like me, but the last thing I grew up as was rich.

“I had rich friends, but they weren’t giving me their money. I’m just not the type of guy to go ‘No, no, no, I’m not rich.’ People can say whatever they want about me, though. If they really want to learn them, the facts are out there. But I guess it’s easier on their hearts if I didn’t have to struggle, and makes it easier to not like me. It is what it is.”

When I remark that I also grew up poor in a rich neighbourhood, he tells me he likes that line and might steal it for a song.

I’m pretty sure he’s just buttering me up, but I’m oddly okay with that.

Lil Twist Talks Collaboration With Drake On New Album

Looks like Lil Twist and Drake will be collaborating together on Lil Twist’s debut album, “Don’t Get It Twister”. Drake will be featured on a track called “Yes You Are“. Check out what Lil Twist had to tell Billboard below.

Has anything changed, as far as the track listing goes or with collaborations?
I have a record on there that my fans heard a snippet of on UStream and loved it. I’m actually in the process of putting my brother Drake on it. Drake [will be] on that record. Justin [Bieber] is on the album. Lil Wayne, Tyga, Birdman, and Chris Brown are [all] on the album. There are a lot of people.

What is the name on the song that’s set to feature Drake?
“Yes You Are.”

We can we expect the album?
Shortly after this tour, for sure.