Download: Jay-Z feat. Drake – Off That
R&B singer-songwriter Jay Sean is bestowing praise upon his Cash Money/ Young Money cohort.
Drake’s labelmate is comparing him to a certain over-the-top rapper. “He’s very talented. I look at him as like the next Kanye,” Sean tells Rap-Up.com. “He’s got this young female audience into him and that’s the lane you need to stay in because it seems to be working. He’s the next big thing.”
Drake may make an appearance on the 26-year-old Brit’s second single, but he’s remaining tight-lipped. “I don’t want to say anything until it’s all final.”
Jay Sean’s U.S. debut All or Nothing features the Lil Wayne-assisted smash “Down,” and will be available November 24.
And that’s a rap! As far as initiations go, hanging out with Diddy in Toronto the other night must have been right up there for Drake, Canada’s (and hip hop’s) Next Big Thing. There they were at Sotto Sotto. There, again, at Century Room. There, too, in the recording studio above Tattoo Rock Parlour, on Queen, where the Gatsbyish Diddy was said to be recording with the Toronto singer, and where the impressario was seen coming down the common stair well, posing like a pro for pics and jetting off just as fast in his SUV chariot.
In Toronto for a jam-packed sked, Diddy made like the Julius Caesar to Drake’s Mark An tony. (Or maybe more like the Maya Angelou to his Oprah Winfrey?) And while we’re on the subject, it behooves me to mention that Mr. Next Big Thing, a former Degrassi kid, certainly has no shortage of mentors. In the last four months alone — since Drake’s song The Best I Ever Had morphed into the song of the summer — not only has he been courted by Jay-Z, recruited by Lil Wayne and praise-the-lorded by Jamie Foxx but he’s notched up an incredible number of music collaborations with everyone from Mary J. Blige to Justin Timberlake to Rihanna.
Makes you kinda wonder: Is there ever a case of too many mentors in the kitchen? Hey, Drake, don’t you forget to listen to the little guy in your gut.
Source: National Post
Here’s a note drake wrote to his friends on Octobers Very Own
People often ask me the craziest part about becoming “famous” and I’ve never had an answer until yesterday.
“You’ll spend half of your time defending yourself and the other half trying to stay sane resulting in you being forced to find time to be creative”
I often wonder in a time where new artists exist in a impersonal cyber world of instantaneous information, if we will ever have another rap legend that can manage to maintain the image that our idols had prior to this method of promotion. I am not suggesting that this person should be me, I am just urging a generation to understand that in order to have anyone of any significance in our lives that we can look up to there will be things that we must look past. There are people that buy sell and trade evil on a daily basis…when u believe in their brand is when they win.
“Even photoshop couldn’t change me”
I also want people to know that I am only releasing this EP so that everyone involved in the project can hold a physical copy of the CD in their hands and see it in the store. And for anybody else who feels that So Far Gone marked a moment in time I just wanted to give you the option to have the disc. If you got it for free and want to keep it that way than by all means I urge you to. That was a gift from me to you…Thank Me Later.
Rap-Up.com has obtained the cover and tracklisting for Drake’s mixtape-turned-album So Far Gone, releasing to retailers September 15. Drake’s publicist has confirmed to us that the re-released project will consist of seven tracks (vs. the mixtape’s 17), including the never-before-heard “Fear.”
‘I always feel like I’m honest on songs,’ Drake says about allegations that he raps for women.
Despite the runaway success of “Best I Ever Had,” with its sweeping proclamations of devotion to the fairer sex, Drake doesn’t really consider himself a ladies’ man.
In fact, the Toronto MC shot down claims that his favorite topic of discussion is women.
“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.”
The Lil Wayne protégé thinks his brand of music tilts more toward introspection. The 22-year-old MC’s breakthrough mixtape, So Far Gone, although female-friendly, is more of a collection depicting his personal journey into young adulthood, Drake has said. It’s more about honesty than scoring a date.
“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.”
‘I don’t want to jinx it, but things are going so well on this little break until surgery,’ he tells MTV News.
Mixtapes are a movement. For some, giving away music could mean much more than trying to sell their tunes — but Drake played the game right. He started giving away his mixtape So Far Gone earlier this year, and the word of mouth spread with fans, his peers and record-company executives: a recent New York concert found [Warner Music exec] Lyor Cohen in the crowd, standing among screaming fans, along with Kanye West and Talib Kweli.