In honor of the Toronto Raptors 2016 NBA playoff push, we have Continue reading
In honor of the Toronto Raptors 2016 NBA playoff push, we have Continue reading
Drake’s 21,000 square-foot mega-mansion will include a basketball court, spa, and jersey museum.
From a shout-out with his last album’s artwork and (initial) title to acting as the Toronto Raptor’s global ambassador, Drake has been recognized as a vocal supporter of his home city.
Still, because people have to bitch about something, the “what’s up with that?” contingent has taken pains to point out Champagne Papi seems to spend most of his time at his palatial California mansion.
Well, they can prepare to eat crow, because Aubrey’s bringing his fine-living ways back home and building a Toronto mansion that’s literally too big for the neighbourhood.
An entire nation tuned in to watch the Toronto Raptors secure their first-ever seven-game playoff series victory.
According to Sportsnet,
The NBA All Star game is in the beautiful city of Toronto. Nothing would be sweeter than
Tom Ford’s much anticipated 50-strong Lips & Boys collection was always going to cause a stir. In addition to 25 best-selling lippies came the arrival of 25 new Boys, named after men the designer admires. So, which one sold out within minutes? Drake. Obviously!
The shimmery deep plum ‘Drake 60‘ was Continue reading
While taking part in an interview with Hot 107.9’s B High, Atlanta, Georgia rapper Rich Homie Quan recalled being invited to the home of fellow artist, Drake. In a previous interview, Quan referred to the Canadian musician as “one of the best,” and also added that he’s one of his idols.
During his interview this week, Quan revealed that Continue reading
TORONTO – A member of rapper Drake’s entourage was sentenced to six months in jail for assaulting a woman during a domestic dispute.
Travis Savoury pleaded guilty to assaulting a 22-year-old Toronto woman and failing to comply with his recognizance conditions for unrelated Brampton firearms charges, which were withdrawn earlier this year.
Savoury, 37, was Continue reading
Drake once paid respect to the Wu-Tang Clan with his “It’s Yourz”-sampling homage “Wu-Tang Forever,” and it turns out the admiration is mutual — at least for certain members of the Staten Island rap institution.
After that song dropped, some fans sketched unflattering comparisons between the lyrically simplistic Drake single — which reached No. 52 on the Billboard chart — and Wu’s hyper-intricate rhymes.
One meme positioned Drake’s Continue reading
It’s a strange time to be Lil Wayne. His proteges, Drake and Nicki Minaj, are among the biggest rappers in the world; Wayne’s own name still carries enough weight to give Continue reading
Diddy assaulted Drake early Monday morning because of a feud over a song.
As we reported, Diddy punched Drake at LIV nightclub in Miami Beach, and we were told it was because Diddy felt disrespected by the rapper, and now we know why.
Our sources say, producer Boi-1da had given both Diddy and Drake a song to record more than 8 months ago. We’re told Diddy sat on the song, which frustrated Drake because he wanted to record it. So recently Drake recorded the song on his own and it did well, which pissed Diddy off.
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Drake threw a whole lot of cash away Sunday … but he wasn’t making it rain — the rapper was rushing into a club he had just left in a fury, looking like he was ready for a fight.
Drake was celebrating his birthday at Club Stadium in Washington D.C. Saturday night/early Sunday … and we don’t know why, but Drizzy was carrying what looked like thousands of bucks.
Some people inside the club claimed they saw someone punch a member of Drake’s crew … which could have triggered his temper. The rumour right now is it’s his DJ, Future The Prince (we hope not cause that’s our fam). We’re still trying to find out more.
Someone in Drake’s entourage was heads up enough to retrieve most of the loot.
Over the course of his career, Drake has managed to steadily break new Billboard records and pass up some of music’s greatest artists. With this new accolade Drake passes up legendary rock band, The Beatles.
This week Drake’s remix of the ILoveMakonnen original “Tuesday” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #90. This gives Drake his Continue reading
The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments that rap star and team ambassador Drake made about Kevin Durant at a recent concert that the NBA has deemed a violation of its anti-tampering rules, sources with knowledge of the league’s ruling told ESPN.com on Monday.
Rapper Drake, the global ambassador for the Raptors, asked a Toronto crowd to
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A Canadian international pop star is one of several being sued by a Toronto man in connection to an alleged assault outside an entertainment venue. Only this time, it’s Drake, not Justin Bieber.
Akiel Catwell is suing Drake and Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame (born Juaquin Malphurs) among many others in a $4.8-million lawsuit, the Globe and Mail reports. Catwell claims he Continue reading
Drizzy having fun courtesy of some unsuspecting people.
This sucks man. It’s not something I associate with Jonas, but we all have our crosses to bear and having a drink and going for a drive is apparently his.
This happened in Continue reading
In its first three years, Drake’s OVO Fest can only be described as a monumental success, and evidently, the Ontario government agrees. Yesterday, Global News reported that the two-day festival was awarded a $300,000 tourism grant. People weren’t impressed. At first glance, giving a millionaire rapper that much of tax payers’ money seems absurd, especially given the Continue reading
They’ve rarely left each others’ sides in recent weeks, and have been partying it up together in London, Amsterdam and Paris over the past few days alone.
And rumoured lovebirds Rihanna and Drake continued their string of date nights as they hit a Manchester bowling alley until the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Once inside, London’s exclusive Cirque Le Soir nightclub, the pair enjoyed a Continue reading
Toronto rapper Drake has apologized on his blog for lashing out against Rolling Stone magazine’s decision to drop him from its cover in favour of a tribute to the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Drake, 27, took to Twitter on Thursday to complain about the perceived snub in the March issue of the magazine. He has since deleted some of the related tweets, including one that said “RIP Phillip (sic) Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.”
Drake fumes over Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Rolling Stone cover
In one of the now-deleted tweets, the singer said Rolling Stone misquoted him, a claim the magazine denied.
In a blog entry posted Friday and titled “Tough Day At The Office,” Drake said he “completely” agrees with Rolling Stone, but felt “violated” over how the cover decision was made.
He called Hoffman “one of the most incredible actors of our time” and a man who “deserves to be immortalized” by the publication. However, he said Rolling Stone ran the issue without giving him a “choice to be in it or not.”
“I would have waited until it was my time,” the rapper said.
Melissa Bruno, a spokesperson for Rolling Stone, told CBC News in a telephone interview on Thursday that the magazine generally does not comment on its cover decisions.
“I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way,” Drake wrote on his blog. “I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.”
Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment earlier this month. He had a needle in his arm and dozens of packets of heroin were found nearby.
The Oscar winner had faced struggles with addiction during his life.
The tragic nature of his death, juxtaposed with the perceived insensitivity of Drake’s complaints about the magazine cover, led to a torrent of negative tweets aimed at the rapper.
Drake Night in Toronto was the hottest ticket in the city! Move over hockey, there is a new sheriff in town. Check the video highlights below.
Pregame news conference:
Drake joins Paul Jones & Sherman Hamilton on Raptors Game Day:
Drake announces the starters:
Drake applauds the Raptor victory:
Producer Noah “40” Shebib has called off the posthumous Aaliyah album he had been working on with Drake. In an interview with Vibe, Shebib said, “The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it. . . Ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t like the stigma.”
Drake announced the album in August 2012, when he released “Enough Said,” a track that featured his voice alongside that of the R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton, who died in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001. A few days later, Aaliyah’s family distanced themselves from the album. Her brother, Rashad Haughton, said at the time, “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family.”
Shortly after that, longtime Aaliyah collaborators Timbaland and Missy Elliott said that they were not participating in the album’s production. Instead, Blackground Records – a label run by Aaliyah’s uncle and cousin, Barry and Jomo Hankerson – announced the album would consist of 16 unreleased tracks and “fragments” that would be produced by Drake and Shebib. At the time, the label said the record would come out by the end of 2012.
But while those announcements made it sound like the album was conceived as a collaboration between Drake and Shebib, the producer is now saying that wasn’t the case. “Aaliyah’s label Blackground – the Hankersons, her uncle and cousin – came to me and said if she was around, she’d want you to do this project,” Shebib told Vibe. “I’ve been obsessed with Aaliyah forever, and I know Drake has his relationship with her. But that opportunity was mine. Drake said, ‘Can I do it with you?’ And I was like, ‘Of course, we’ll do it together.'”
The negative attention directed at the project, including Timbaland’s statement, ultimately turned the producer off the project. “That was a very sad experience for me,” Shebib said. “I was naïve to the politics surrounding Aaliyah’s legacy and a bit ignorant to Timbaland’s relationship and everybody else involved and how they’d feel. Tim said to me, ‘Don’t stop. Make the album.’ I think that was Tim taking the position of, ‘I’m not going to stop you. If you’re not going to do it, that’s your decision.'”
But Shebib said that the real reason he abandoned the project was that he received criticism from someone even closer to Aaliyah. “We released [‘Enough Said’], but I was seven songs deep,” the producer said. “[Aaliyah’s] mother saying, ‘I don’t want this out,’ was enough for me. I walked away very quickly.”
A month ago, Drake posted an Instagram video that featured Aaliyah music. But as the Guardian points out, Drake said “things went downhill with [the project]” in an interview at NYU’s Skirball Center last September.
Blackground has yet to comment on whether another producer will take on the project. But last June, an artist Drake is not close to, Chris Brown, released his own Aaliyah duet, “Don’t Think They Know” on his album X. The video featured an actor who looked a lot like Drake.
Rumor has it that Toronto’s own Drake was taking advantage of Instagram Direct.
Not sure if it was for business or pleasure.
This lady tho has a very exotic look. Peep the slideshow:
Ahhh to be famous…..
The tabloid reports Defoe was “bowled over” by the call from Drake, who was unveiled in September as the Toronto Raptors‘ “global ambassador.”
Toronto FC and the Raptors are both owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
The MLS club has yet to confirm Defoe’s sdigning in the January transfer window. But privately club officials consider it a done deal.
The Mirror says the 31-year-old Defoe has been offered a deal worth £90,000 a week (C$155,310) as well as unlimited flights for him and his family.
The club will also provide the striker with two houses, according to the paper.
He posted a series of sneaker designs to Instagram, including a few pictures of the OVO Stingray. Drake told the Portland crowd it was “one of the best days of my life.”
“Growing up, I’m sure we all idolized this guy, he goes by the name of Michael Jordan.”So today, I came to Portland and officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family.”
This morning, Jordan wrote on Twitter:
“He’s home. Welcome the newest member of #TeamJordan: @Drake”
Bloggers note: This was courtesy of XXL magazine
Drake’s video for “Worst Behaviour,” a cut from his latest album, Nothing Was The Same, did more than just provide a cool video showcasing his Memphis roots. It was most fans’ first formal introduction to his father. Fans heard Drake’s father’s voice on some of his records (such as “Successful”) and have seen him on TMZ, but have never really been formally introduced. The man who’s been a major influence on Drizzy’s music, both as a positive and sometimes negative figure, has been somewhat of a mystery.
Dennis Graham is a drummer from Memphis, who back in 1962 learned how to play drums by “playing the tin round tubs that people used to take a bath in,” he tells XXL on the phone before he heads back to the studio in Memphis. “I used it as a bass drum. I had a broken mop handle that was used up, I used that as a mallet. But that’s how I got started. Then I finally got my first set of drums. James Brown made his drummer give me his drums.”
He would drive his son from Toronto to Memphis every summer, exposing him to Southern culture. Memphis, a musically rich city, has served as home base for the likes of B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison, to name a few. Now two weeks after modeling his impressive all-white suit with the mustache of the century in the “Worst Behaviour” video, fans finally get to meet Mr. Graham. In a interview with XXL, he spoke about Drake growing up, his son’s music, the “Worst Behaviour” video and his iconic mustache. —Emmanuel C.M. (@ECM_LP)
How did you end up in the “Worst Behaviour” video?
Well, Drake wrote that song pertaining to our family. He set it up, and he wanted me to do it, so I did it. He just let me know he was going to shoot it here, and he wanted me in it. He told me to learn the song.
The suit was nuts. Where’d you buy them?
Drake brought those in from New York. He knew what kind of look he wanted. And what he was trying to make the video look like. So he dressed us up, brought a huge wardrobe for us. We used to wear that kind of stuff a long time ago, but everything comes back together.
Were you nervous? Did he tell you his plan for the video?
Yeah, he told me what he wanted and what he was trying to achieve. He just wanted to show where he spent his summers. People was saying on the streets that he didn’t have any street credit and that type of shit. He just wanted to show where he actually really came from. He grew up there. I brought him down every year. We used to drive from Toronto to Memphis every summer. From the time he was a baby in the car seat to the time he was 17. We lived in a section of Memphis called White Haven, and that’s where he spent his summers. And it is the hood.
How do you feel about the resurgence in the Memphis scene?
It’s a music city; a lot of people came out of Memphis. Drake used to hang out with Yo Gotti when he turned 18. I used to bring him to Memphis, and he’d go out with Yo Gotti, and they’d hang together. Juicy J, I know all of them, Drake knows them. Even Al Green wants to do a collaboration with him. I don’t know what’s going to happen between Drake and Al Green. B.B. King, everybody loves him.
How was Drake growing up? Did you see him becoming a rapper?
Yeah, ’cause he wrote all the time. He wrote on paper all the time, ever since he was a young man. Putting his thoughts down on paper. I think he still has that notebook he used to use to write in. I knew he was going to be a star from the time he was a kid at 5 years old. I told him, “You’re are going to be a star,” and sure enough.
How could you tell?
Because he had it in him. I could see it in him. He told me when he was a kid, “Dad, I want to do music.” When he was a little boy he told me that. And I bet him $5 that he wouldn’t do as much music as I’d done, and he wouldn’t do as many movies as I’d done. Because I was an actor in Hollywood and Toronto also. He told me back then, “Dad, I’m going to do more music than you ever did and more movies than you ever did.” And he did.
Did you used to take him in the studio?
Yeah, I used to take him to the studio. I used to take him to my gigs when he was with me. I’d take him to a Sunday afternoon gig that I was doing in Toronto and let him shake the tambourine on stage.
Do you see qualities of yourself in Drake?
Yes, very much so, and he tells me that himself. “Dad, I am just like you, man, I can’t believe how much I’m just like you.” And he is. Some of the things that I said when I was his age, he says the same thing. I just shake my head. I can’t believe it. His mental thoughts, the way he acts and the way he teases, his laughter, everything. I just look at him and say, “I can’t believe how much he’s like me.”
Will you ever shave that mustache?
I’ve had this mustache since I was 15 years old. 15 I started growing a mustache, and I never shaved it off. It’s been so long. I’ll never shave it off.
What’s your favorite song by Drake?
My favorite one right now is “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” because I always tried to get him to do a song that he wrote called “Young And Restless.” He wrote a song a long time ago called “Young And Restless,” and I always tried to get him to record it, but he didn’t like it anymore so he wouldn’t do it. But this one sounds close to it. So it became my favorite.
During the Degrassi days, did you think he was going to stay an actor and not make music?
He auditioned for it and got the part. I knew he was going to become a musician because that’s where his heart is. I knew that was going to happen. I knew he would mix that in with his acting. I knew the music was going to take over eventually. I got a video of him somewhere when he was 9 or 10, and he was rapping the Fugees CD. He memorized the whole CD. He actually made it for me. Drake actually introduced me to rap music. The Fugees was the first thing I remember him rapping. And, of course, Kanye West.
What do you think of today’s music scene?
It’s basically the same, just the difference in generation. It’s always going to stay the same as far as the venues and sound, but they’re just doing it electronically now and computerized as far as playing with a full band. Drake has a band. A good band, I should add.
Do you find it uncomfortable when Drake puts his family in his songs?
No, I don’t, because I know what he’s doing. I don’t feel uncomfortable at all because I know the truth. We have talked about that, and I know exactly what he’s doing and why he says some things that he does. But that’s personal; I can’t put it out there.
What do you think of Kendrick Lamar?
Kendrick? Okay, I like him. I don’t know what stuff he was talking about. I don’t know what that was. Everybody wants to say they’re the best rapper in the world, I guess everybody should think that about themselves.
When did you realize Drake was musically gifted?
Drake basically did everything himself. I don’t want to say that I did anything except for be his father, and my musical abilities got set into him. Drake did most of that stuff himself. Along with his mother who backed him financially and his grandparents. The talent is strictly Drake.
Have you talked to Drake about fatherhood?
No we haven’t, [but] when it happens we will. He’s not ready for that right now. He’s having too much fun. He wasn’t born until I was 34. He’s got time.