When you picture how Drake is spending his summer, you’re probably thinking of partying in VIP rooms with famous friends and sipping champagne on a tour bus. Turns out the truth is a lot less glamorous.
“I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school,” admits the rapper on a too-rare visit back home. “That’s my main focus after OVO Fest. I only have one credit left, and I’m really excited about that.”
It’s a particularly Canadian answer from a performer who’s somehow managed to turn all the nice and boring bits of our identity into a wildly successful hip-hop brand. Rival rappers can’t even successfully diss him for being soft, because he’s never bothered pretending to be hard. And as exciting as this city can be, we still tend to fear that we seem provincial compared to places like New York or London.
“As close as we are to New York, it still feels far removed. We feel far removed from that American celebrity lifestyle, and from that kind of success.”
But Drake isn’t so removed from that culture any more, although you get the sense sometimes he wishes he were. His people have made it very clear that we are not to ask any questions about Chris Brown and the club brawl in which he may or may not have been involved. Up until the very last minute it seemed pretty likely that the interview wouldn’t even happen.
On the phone, though, Drake’s high-wattage charm melts away all resentment of the seemingly endless hoops you have to jump through to get access to the superstar. How can you stay mad at someone who was late because of his great-aunt’s funeral?
The numbers are in and Drake’s Club Paradise Tour has grossed $42.6 million worldwide putting him above the likes of The Throne (KanYe West & Jay-Z) and Madonna and right below Lady Gaga. This puts Drake at the number seven spot on the top 50 worldwide tours of 2012 so far! The three legs of the Club Paradise tour featured such artists as A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, 2Chainz, French Montana, Meek Mill, Waka Flocka, Rita Ora, Labrinth, J.Cole, and Chase N. Cashe. Shouts to everyone who bought a ticket to Club Paradise as it was definitely one for the books and Drake has the numbers to prove it.
On Wednesday, Drake was spotted at Katsuya Sushi Restaurant in Hollywood. Surrounded by the OVO crew, Drake was snapped leaving the restaurant. A certain lyric comes to mind, “I love your sushi roll, hotter than wasabi..” Oh and that lyric from HYFR too.
Drizzy Drake has a new paaaaad (Nicki Minaj voice) in Hidden Hills, California. Young Money’s prince is renting the 7500 square foot $9 million dollar mansion for $45,000 a month.
Hidden Hills bills itself as a gated equestrian oasis and has drawn celebrities including Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Denise Richards and Sinbad. It’s in the steamy hot San Fernando Valley and built virtually on top of the 101 Freeway. That’s not ocean waves you’re hearing; it’s traffic noise. Hence the relatively good real estate prices.
But as far as homes goes, this one is mighty pretty: waterfalls, pool with a grotto, soaring ceilings with arched wood beams, a hot tub with adjacent fireplace, a built-in library, game room, wine cellar, and a home theater that’s just missing the popcorn. We found an old picture of the property, known as the Old Lion Manor, in which there is a mechanical bull in a sandpit. Boys, that’s how real men settle their differences.
Nice pad Drizzy.
Sorry guys, its been a while since I’ve updated. The website was hacked and had to be recovered. But I’m back now! So in-case you’ve missed it, here’s a music video of Meek Mill feat. Drake – ‘Amen’.
Here is a behind the scenes look as Justin Bieber and Drake record “Right Here” in the studio. Its cool to see Drake & Justin in the studio together and how they interact with one another. “Right Here” is a hit and hopefully the two make more great songs in the future.
Last week, Drake attended the pre-release party for Shi Wisdom’s upcoming EP in Toronto. While there, comedian Trixx caught up with Drake to discuss what he calls a “lightskin, darkskin” matter. In this video, Drake clears the air and recalls when he offered and paid Trixxx $40 to have his 1st ever single played in the club. My what a long way Drake has come! 25 sittin’ on 25 mill. Catch the video after the jump and skip to the 4:30 mark.