MySpace is a blast from the past, one that many popular musical artists today would rather forget about. Without this social media platform Drake may not be the same popular Toronto rapper that he is though. Many mistakenly believe that Drizzy’s rise to fame happened because of the 8 years that the rapper spent playing Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi High: The Next Generation but the truth is that MySpace helped Drake get discovered and gave his musical career a big boost.
During an interview with W Magazine Drake discussed that period in his life, explaining “That was part of the reason I was kicked off the show. Back then, I’d spend a full day on set and then go to the studio to make music until 4 or 5 a.m. I’d sleep in my dressing room and then be in front of the cameras again by 9 a.m. Eventually, they realized I was juggling two professions and told me I had to choose.” MySpace was new territory for artists, and Drake talked about the platform and how he used it. “Initially, I think I just didn’t know what would happen. I was this rapper with a little bit of buzz, the internet was taking over, and I didn’t know the power of the internet at that point. The true power of social networking and the things we are so emmersed in now. There wasn’t an artist that had been 100% birthed from that outlet.”
When ILOVEMAKONNEN announced that he was leaving the OVO Sounds label the artist told the media that he was still on good terms with Drake and the company but recent comments show that that may not be the entire truth. Just a few short weeks ago ILOVEMAKONNEN announced that while he was no longer an artist at OVO everything was fine between the parties, but more recently the artist has sung a different tune. Before ILOVEMAKONNEN issued a statement that said “I cannot thank OVO, 40, Oliver, Future & Mr. Morgan, enough for all that they have done for my career. No words can express how much I appreciate Drake for being a part of the success of Tuesday. I’m sure the haters will have something negative to say, but all in all my choice to be solely on Warner Bros Records was the right thing for me and for my best interest. Sorry there’s no beef to report, DRINK MORE WATER. ILOVEMAKONNEN.”
The most recent comments have changed, and now it appears that there is trouble brewing between the former OVO Sounds star, Drizzy, and the label. In a video that was posted to YouTube on the PMWHIPHOP.com page ILOVEMAKONNEN disses his former label and the Toronto rapper who built OVO from the ground up, saying “What’s that n—a album?. What’s that dumb-ass album with the sky shit? Why’d you leave OVO?’ Because I was underweight now. When I was overweight, they was f—ing with me. That’s what OVO stands for: ‘Overweight Only.’” Drake has not responded yet but it is only a matter of time, few could take this type of insult laying down.
October’s Very Own released a promotional video for it’s European fans. You see Drake and the whole OVO crew sporting OVO merchandise through out the video. If you caught your self wondering if you will be able to purchase OVO merchandise in Europe, the answer is YES. video after the jump.