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Drake Speaks On Club Paradise Tour and OVO Fest 2012 With MTV

Drake had a short interview with MTV news while on the set of “No Lie” music video. Drake chimed in about his Club Paradise tour, “I tried to put together a tour of, a tour that consists of, to me, everybody you hear in your spare time”. Watch the interview below.

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Drake In Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania! Fireworks Preview.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pennsylvania — Backstage at Slippery Rock University, Drake was calm and cool as always, but you could tell that the 23-year-old Canadian superstar was eager to kick off the first night of his Away From Home Tour.

Since collapsing onstage because of a knee injury last fall, Drake has had to focus more on his album (Thank Me Later, due out June 15) than on live performances. But on Monday night, he showed no signs of rust. With the lights down and the energy all the way turned up, Drake commenced his tour with “Forever.” Backed by a four-piece band and a DJ, Drizzy stepped to the stage and sang, “I want this thing forever, man.”

“I been waiting for this day for a long time,” Drake told MTV News a few hours before he hit the stage. “Ever since that night in Camden, I knew it would be a long time before I got to do my own show. I been training as far as my knee goes, really mentally preparing. I’m super excited. I’m back out here with a great live band, all guys from Toronto. I got great support. I got Francis and the Lights and I got K-OS out here. And I’ve got a new album that I’m proud of. It’s gonna be a good night.”

Even though Drake has obviously been concentrating on being a lyrical bulldozer, the Young Money cleanup hitter hasn’t sacrificed his crooning. Drake’s live singing sounds like it does on MP3s, and his bars cut sharp as the fans rapped along. “Faded off the brown,” he spit.

“Nino!” They answered, finishing his rhyme.

“Unstoppable” came next, and the fans went in extra heavy on the first verse, even drowning Drake out. “Uptown” followed. “I’m so excited to share this moment with you, because it’s really my first show back in six months,” Drake told the crowd, and then turned to the band, saying, “Take me somewhere, please.”

“Lust for Life” and “Houstatlantavegas” came in the aftermath.

Even at this young stage in his career, Drake’s stage presence seems to indicate that it won’t be long until he graduates from college basketball gyms to the Madison Square Gardens of the world. There’s just a certain connection elite MCs make with their audiences. Of course you have to have those monster radio hits and deeper album cuts (in Drake’s case, mixtape cuts), but some performers make the audience buy into the person, not just the rapper.

Drake is there already. He knows when to play up his ferocity, like with “Fear,” where he went with a more conversational style of delivery (especially with the closing verse). Drizzy can also play that shy, unassuming role for the ladies perfectly. He performed his part from “I Invented Sex” and switched around Trey Songz’ lines: “Which one of y’all coming home with Drizzy?” he sang. “Is it you? You sure?” he asked a young lady in the audience. He actually brought a woman onstage to dance with him while the band played Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable,” but she was so nervous, Drake sent her back in about a minute. Another woman threw her bra at Drake during “A Night Off,” but it didn’t quite make the stage. Drake debuted the much-talked-about “Fireworks,” which will start off Thank Me Later. The record starts with the sound of fireworks and gives a snapshot of where the two-time Grammy nominee is in his life.

“Money just changed everything,” he rapped. “My 15 minutes started an hour ago … / Wayne put me right here … / Something I would die for, October’s very own, but it’s feeling like July 4.”

Later, Drake performed his string of collabos such as “Say Something” and “Bedrock,” during which he gave an extra-special tribute to Aaliyah. Lil Wayne was saluted on “Best I Ever Had.”

“When I say, ‘Young Money,’ you say, ‘Free Weezy!’ ” he instructed, and the exchange played out for a few minutes. “Free my brother Lil Wayne,” Drake said. “Over” was the closer as Drake encouraged more crowd participation, chanting, “I’m doin’ me, I’m doin’ me,” before he left.

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Drake Introduces “Drake The Artist” in “Over” Video

While filming a video for his song “Over” on Friday in Los Angeles, Drake stood in front of an all-white backdrop wearing a white tee and white sneakers. What does he do in the clip? He does him.

“This is my first video,” the Young Money franchise player said, sitting in his trailer. “I’ve shot a lot of videos before, but this is my first attempt to establish myself as Drake the artist. Shooting the other videos I’ve done has been great. I really don’t care what other people think about them, they were great experiences for me. I’ve learned a lot from them. Today, I’m shooting with somebody I really look up to and respect. I’m shooting with Anthony Mandler.” Continue reading

It’s done. Drake’s collaboration with Jay-Z

It’s done. Drake’s collaboration with Jay-Z, “Light Up,” is finally finished. The Toronto lyricist had been hopeful all year that he and Hov could connect in the studio.

“Everybody is looking for this one joint with me and Jay, so that needs to happen,” Drake told MTV News back in June. “My goal at this point is to keep making that organic music. I don’t wanna feel pressure now that I have a single and music that’s hot.”

Drake recently sat down with MTV News in his Canadian hometown and explained how the song, produced by Tone Mason and co-produced by his October’s Very Own cohort Noah “40? Shebib, came to fruition.

The track will be included on the rapper’s forthcoming debut, Thank Me Later, tentatively slated for a March release.

“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.”

The pair previously worked together on Jay-Z’s “Off That,” from Hov’s The Blueprint 3 project.

The Timbaland-produced track, however, only featured Drake on the hook instead of contributing a verse alongside Jay. This time, the two MCs both had their say on “Light Up.” Though the upstart MC was able to recruit the Roc Nation head into the fold for his first album, in addition to expected collabos with Lil Wayne and Kanye West, Drake said he’s trying to downplay the guest list and focus on his humble beginnings.

“At the end of the day, one of the biggest things I’ve been toying with on Thank Me Later is that it’s kind of hard for me to come out and be like, ‘I’m still the underdog,’ ” Drake told Mixtape Daily recently.

“I can’t rap about the same things [as I did] on So Far Gone, so it’s just really trying to tell the greatest story that’s never been told, which is the story of a rapper’s come-up, and tell it without being corny or over-bragging or sounding like, ‘Feel sorry for me.’ It’s going to be a very interesting record because I’m really going to have to dig deep and tell stories that people can relate to. But it’s kind of hard, because my life is at a very different place now.

Fire Starter Of The Year Is Aubrey Drake Graham

Shout out to all the new artists we introduced you to this year such as Young Jeezy’s CTE members Boo Rossini, Bama and BW. We also can’t forget the GS Boys, the New Boyz and the cat with the craziest name in rap right now, Waka Flocka Flame.

The Mixtape Daily Fire Starter section has long been a hub for the up-and-comers in the game. We’ve seen some alumni such as Triple C’s, Masspike Miles, Big Sean, Kidd Kidd and Donnis make noise in 2009. Rap’s future is in great hands. All the veterans still doing their thing out there don’t have to step down. They don’t even need to make room; the rookies with staying power will carve out their own niche. And of all fresh talent we’ve featured in Fire Starter this year, there’s one who proved that he belongs at the head of the class.

Fire Starter of the Year: Aubrey Drake Graham

Hip-hop’s future swooped in on the scene with grace and force. The best thing about Drizzy in 2009 is that he dispelled the notion that you have to sell millions of records to be a hip-hop superstar. The 23-year-old Toronto native jumped right into the ranks of the rap heavyweights, bashing the glass-ceiling limits of what a rookie can do. He took off in a gulf stream of acclaim with So Far Gone (our pick for Mixtape of the Year). His guest-appearance résumé has varied from “Money to Blow” and “4 My Town” for the Birdman to “The One” for Mary J. Blige and his most recent takeover on Timbaland’s “Say Something.” And his buzz also earned him the #8 spot on MTV News’ Man of the Year list for 2009.

In 2010, we’re not expecting anything less than a recession-shunning, Billboard-topping debut for his first real album Thank Me Later. We’re also predicting a clean sweep at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards (he’s up for two).

Other Standout Fire Starter Alumni

Young Money: With the biggest tour of the summer and hit smashes “Bed Rock” and “Every Girl,” Lil Wayne has built a collective with a brand name you can trust. Weezy’s clique of artists have shown diversity, swag and performance acumen. Almost all of them rap and sing (and have tattoos). Drake may be leading the charge for the blue chippers, but Nicki Minaj is definitely right on his heels (in her high heels), while Gudda Gudda is coming up slowly but surely. Mack Maine continues to get good looks and Lil Chuckee and Lil Twist should definitely corner the market with youngsters once they start to emerge from the pack.

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

Drake’s So Far Gone Mixtape Makes Drake Rookie Of The Year…

If Drake is not a household name for everyone just yet, the 23-year-old is on the front porch, ringing the bell. That he’s done it without even putting out an official album shows just how far he’s come in 12 months. What a journey it’s been for the Toronto native in 2009.

I first met Drake last year in Los Angeles around Grammy time. Lil Wayne’s co-manager Cortez Bryant introduced me to Drake as a new “singer” that they were working with. Drizzy was cool but barely spoke: At the time, there was no way I’d envision him as having a shot at making the MTV News’ “Hottest MCs in the Game” list, let alone finishing in the top three. He was a “singer,” right? Continue reading

Drake Is An Honest Man

“I think there’s two types of rapping about women,” he explained to MTV News. “There’s rapping about fairy-tale stuff … not to take away anything from an MC like this, but you take a rapper like Bow Wow, who is a genuine ladies’ man and all his songs are to make ladies love him and love themselves. And that’s cool. That’s a brand of music that might not always be what’s real, you may not always be telling the truth, but at least someone is gonna feel good about the songs you’re making. With me, when I touch on women — which I don’t feel like I rap about a lot — I feel like I’m just rapping about myself.”

“I always feel like I’m honest on songs to where I don’t see how anyone can say I’m a ladies’ man,” Drake said. “I think I put myself in jeopardy in songs and put myself out there [too much to be considered a ladies’ man]. I do that so women can learn to love an honest man, ’cause I’m an honest man.

“I figure that’s the best balance I can find between the two [listeners] — between men and women.”

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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.”