“This video again was shot in Toronto,” Drake explained on in a “106 & Park” interview. “It’s directed by Jake White who is like a new kid, he’s fresh and fresh talent, which is great for us. And the concept of the video is the fact that ‘successful,’ it applies to so many people that me and Trey just want to get the point across that we see ourselves and we see success in other individuals so really, it’s a video about potential. It’s a video about understanding that no matter what you do, there’s a way to be successful doing it. It’s one of those motivational videos. It actually ends with a quote from Barack Obama which is one of my favorite quotes I’ve ever read, so we decided to put it in the video. It’s vivid.” (“106 & Park”)
On September 7, 2008, Lil Wayne stepped onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards and then stepped decisively away from the words on the lyric sheet circulating in the audience with the following lines…
I’m on my Disney thang, goofy flow/ I’m Captain Hook on the beat and my new car is Rufio/ Damn where my roof just go/ I’m somebody that you should know/ Get to shakin’ somethin’ cause that’s what [deleted] produced it fo’/ I make mistakes that I don’t ever make excuses fo’/ Leavin’ girls that love me and constantly seducing hoes/ I’m losing my mind like, Damn where my roof just go/ Top slipped off like Janet at the Super Bowl
Then, as Leona Lewis launched into the hook of Nina Simone’s “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” he croaked, “Drizzy Drake: I love you, bwoy!” That namecheck was the only clue to most attendees that Wayne had just blatantly violated the unwritten rules of his own freestyle game by spitting another artist’s words. Though almost lost in host Russell Brand’s commentary on promise rings and presidential politics, it was a coronation moment rarely seen in the arena of rap, and with one verse, Wayne introduced the name of his protégé to the mainstream in dramatic fashion. Amongst those already familiar with the various Wayne-affiliated rookies collectively known as Young Money, the lines sparked a fierce debate over whether Drake was in fact ghostwriting for the master (he and Wayne both still claim he never has), but by the time the rap blog drama blew over, one thing seemed clear: Drake was the next big thing, heir apparent to Wayne’s multi-platinum throne and Young Money’s most likely flagship artist.
We got to work a couple nights, actually, we did a few joints and from what I hear we’re going back in to try and get some more stuff done.
Jay has been one of the most special people to me in this game. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the nights me and Jay had in the studio, and the things he’ll tell me and just the way he embraced me. It’s one of the best feelings in my life. Jay is one of those guys that you can say, ‘I look up to this guy,’ or ‘I like this guy’s music.’ I wanted to be Jay. That’s what they say about the best artists. To be a great rapper, men gotta wanna be you and women gotta wanna … you know.
I wanna be myself, but for me to say, ‘If I couldn’t be me, I wanted to be that man’ — that’s huge. … To have that man in my life and to be able to interact with him and talk to him and, best of all, work with him — there’s not a real sentence I can say to describe it. Hopefully Jay and Drake are as powerful as Drake and Wayne. I hope people see that union and it comes up more than once in the future.
Supposed to be hitting radio/iTunes on Friday.
Are you focused?
In collaboration with some More Than A Game movie event with Lebron.
Don’t worry Lebron, get em next year… – Weezy on “Kobe Bryant”
Fun fact: “Swagger Like Us” leaked exactly one year ago this week. And contrary to what Angela Yee YN thinks, we did have the song before it came out, but we decided against posting it. You’ll understand why if you listen to the tagged up version below, which actually includes a different T.I. verse that he had originally laid for the track:
Download: Jay-Z feat. Drake – Off That