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Drake Speaks About Michael Jackson

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.”

Drake Speaks About Deal With Wayne

Drake stayed down and stayed loyal: No more is he the hottest free agent in music, Drizzy’s recording contract is done! He has artistic freedom and big backing.

“To go independent is — like I said in a prior interview — it’s a funny term,” Drake told MTV News on Tuesday, addressing the deal that finds his albums being released on Wayne’s independent Young Money label (which is affiliated with Cash Money Records) and being distributed by the major Universal Republic. “Because it’s almost impossible to go fully independent. This was basically like the closest thing I could get to my own independence, to sort of continuing to be that guy to the fans that, you know, is trying to prove something — trying to prove that it can be done. So with that being said, I signed directly to Cortez Bryant and Gee Roberson, my two managers, and their company Anspire. It’s a joint venture with Young Money, so that’s the deal. I know there’s been a lot of stuff on the Internet about different entities, but that’s the people involved in the main record deal. And then it’s distributed through Universal, so it’s great, man. You know, if we can sell some records I think it could be a pretty legendary situation.”

Although Drake decided to stay with his managers (who also manage Lil Wayne), he said he loved the courting process.

“Well, the whole thing with me was, I met some great people along the way. [Warner Music’s] Lyor Cohen is such a special man to me, even though I am signed where I am signed at. You know, [Interscope head] Jimmy Iovine, same thing, a great person that taught me a lot in a very short period of time. But my loyalty lays with Wayne. For him to be able to benefit from the situation and for us to be able to brand Young Money, this is the route that I went.

“I plan to work with Wayne for the rest of my career so I think it’s a smart career move,” he added. “You know, everybody else [on Young Money] will hopefully work out the situations, get the right people on the album. I think it was important for me to show him that I believed in him as much as he believed in me. Because a lot of months he stuck his neck out there for me, you know with the VMAs [where Lil Wayne rapped Drake’s verse from “Money to Blow” at the beginning of his performance of “Misunderstood”], and then ‘Ransom,’ and all the songs that we put out. And the things he would say in interviews, he really put himself out there for me. So I think it was only just and fair to show him that I feel the same way.”

Drake, Wayne, Young Jeezy and Soulja Boy are scheduled to start their America’s Most Wanted Music Festival on July 27. One thing not in Drake’s favor is his health: He tore his ACL playing basketball and is moving around with a cane. During the BET Awards, he had to lean against a stool while performing. He’s hoping to be able to maneuver through his injury enough to not miss any tour dates.

“Well, I got a couple weeks of rehab ahead of me,” he said. “Right now the knee is, it’s slipping, so I would not be able to perform right now. But I’m going to be in the studio and in rehab.”

Drake is hoping to release his official debut LP, Thank Me Later, this year. He said he just finished recording with Pharrell Williams.

Source : MTV