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During NBA All Star Celebrity Game Drake Receives Key to Toronto

In his latest hit Summer Sixteen Drake raps about receiving the key to his hometown of Toronto, and the rapper got what he wished for on Friday February 12 during the NBA All Star Celebrity Game. Drake has been called “The world’s most famous Torontonian” by some and for good reasons. In fact Drizzy got the key to Toronto from Mayor John Tory before Drake coached Team Canada to a win against Team USA. Some of the other people who have received the key to Toronto include Celine Dion, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama so Drake is in very good company. There is one catch though: Drizzy can not give the key away like he sings about in his song. The lyrics for Summer Sixteen include the lines “Six, six, six, six / Soon as I’m back in the city they throw a parade / I might get a key to the city and give it to Wayne / Or give it to one of the young boys to carry the wave.”

Mayor Tory tweeted a message before he presented Drake with the key to Toronto, with a picture of the wooden box and the gold key with an inscription that reads Aubrey Drake Graham, and the message saying “I’ll tell him he can’t give it to Wayne.” Mayor Tory also said that he has been asked why Drake is being awarded the key, and he explained at the presentation ceremony that “It’s not just because you are the world most famous Torontonian but because of what you do with your great presentation and with your fame as you promote the city, you love the city and you even renamed the city for a lot of people around the world. I think what people may also not recognize is that you inspire people. You inspire us to be a better city and you inspire a lot kids to be better people and we hope you’ll keep on doing that. We’re counting on you to keep doing that as we build a great city, which is the greatest city in the greatest country in the world.”

After receiving the key to Toronto Drake hugged the mayor as he accepted the key and then took the microphone. Drake told the crowd “I’m nervous. First of all, this is probably one of the biggest moments of my life, if not the biggest moment of my life. I just want to say thank you to a city that is unconditionally supportive and unconditionally loving, a place is such a cultural mosaic, always teaching me so much about life as I’ve grown over the years. And with this amazing honor, I just want to say that… I feel like I have a new purpose and new goal which is just to encourage all the youth in the city — actually anyone of any age — just to understand what we have; this place is really special, this place called Toronto. I will never stop loving this city. I will never stop representing this everywhere I go.”

Drake Chimes In On Jay-Z “Light It Up” Collabo, Compares “Forever”

Young Money’s Drake has dished a few details surrounding “Light It Up” his upcoming collaboration with Jay-Z and said the record captures the “triumphant” feel of his recent hit, “Forever”.

According to the Canadian-based emcee, Jay-Z has not yet approved the track.

“I actually did the record with Jay-Z last night,” Drake revealed in an interview. “It’s crazy, I’m really really excited about it. I hope he likes it, I just did it and I’ma shoot it to him and I hope he likes it. But it’s crazy. It’s actually produced by, well, the one that I want him on, produced by this dude from Toronto — it is nice. It’s a special, special record because at first I was like, ‘I don’t know what kinda hook I’ma do,’ I really wanted to make this rap record and I managed to get this rap with a crazy chorus in the lane of like a ‘Forever’ but not really. It’s like that type of triumphant feel though. I’m excited. The record is called ‘Light It Up.'” (Rap-Up)

He recently promised collaborations with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne on his Thank Me Later debut.

“I’m making progress on it,” Drake said in an interview this week. “I’m hoping for March now. It’s just pulling everybody together: I had a wish list for my managers of everybody I wanted involved that stem beyond hip-hop. I’m trying to pull it all together. I’m really trying to work with Sade. Lil Wayne will be on it. Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, Kanye will be doing work on it. It’s in the family.” (MTV)

The singer had previously discussed his hope to grow and advance his skills on the forthcoming debut.

“You can expect the same sound, I’m still going to be telling a story,” Drake explained in an interview. “I’ve got a great story to tell now — it’s been a crazy year. I just want to make it a little bigger, a little more energy. Sonically, I want to advance. I think I’ve gotten better at rapping since the last one so I’m excited to share it with the world. That’s how I come up with songs, I’ll sit there and rap to myself. There are people who are phenomenal at freestyling, but I’m a writer.” (The Boom Box)

He also touched on the importance of lyricism for his debut album.

“Lyrically, I want to keep the album as genuine and honest as ‘Fear’ is, but musically there will be a little more energy,” he promised. “There will be more moments of triumph, because my life is the best it’s ever been in my 22 years of existence. I want my music to reflect that, but I still want to be able to relate and connect with people. It’s a good indication. There will obviously be some variation — not every track is going to sound like that. I was actually going to save ‘Fear’ for the album, but I wanted to give people another reason to buy the [So Far Gone] EP.” (Shock Hound)

Additional details on Drake’s Thank Me Later have not yet been released.

Aubrey Drake Graham Loves Older Women

Drake may be young, but the Toronto rapper’s lyrics can be mature beyond his years.

In the remix to Fabolous’ “Put It in the Bag,” his verse was actually inspired by a previous relationship he had with an older woman.

“I used to talk to this woman that was 35-plus,” Drake laughed. “I’m a mature individual.”

At the time, he was a barely 20-year-old upstart MC. Aside from simply enjoying dating a more experienced woman, Drake said he was drawn to her perspective — she framed the world much differently than he did at the time.

“It was kind of, like, what she saw in me,” the 22-year-old explained. “I say in the song, ‘She just wants that feeling back, I make her feel young again.’ We were doing things young people do, like just going swimming late at night. Just chilling, drinking, like kicking it, talking. But it was so intriguing for me. The appeal was obvious. I think I can also maybe even say I felt guilty to the fact that it was a bit of a story to tell, that’s why I was doing it. But I like older women, period. I never end up dating — seriously — women that are my age.”

The Lil Wayne protégé went on to add that more often than not he finds himself in relationships with women pushing 30. “Maybe it’s the way I carry myself,” he said.

As for that particular older woman?

“When I hear that song now on the radio, I just laugh,” Drake said. “I wonder if she ever hears it. I lost contact with her.”