Drake has taken over TV Networks starting with MTV network as MTV’s PUSH Artist for the week. MTV give Drake fans a rare glimpse into the life of the most anticpated artist in this new documentary. “Drake: Better Than Good Enough” airs Wednesday, June 23rd @ 10pm ET/PT.
In an exclusive preview of the documentary, we see Drake’s preparation for a show on his Away From Home Tour.
I rarely do the prayer,” says Drake, surrounded by members of his inner circle and road crew. “But I figure tonight is a special night. A night of family. I swear that my stars have aligned in the most magnificent way. More than the success and more than for the money, I’m grateful for my family tonight. Y’all are my family. I love you all so much. God, please bless us. Touch us from the crown of our heads to the sole of our feet. Let us all have an amazing show. God, in your name, we pray. Amen.
Don’t miss “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” airing Wednesday, June 23, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV!
Walmart Soundcheck has posted videos from Drake’s “Away From Home” tour stop at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last month, where he brought out his Young Money family including Nicki Minaj. MTV is also set to air “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” a one-hour documentary on the hip-hop sensation, on June 23 at 10 p.m. EST. [Read more →]
The Drakeover kicked off on Tuesday with Drake’s in-store appearance at Best Buy in New York’s Union Square. Lines wrapped around the block as eager fans, some crying, waited to meet their idol on his long-awaited album release day.
NEW YORK — Drake’s highly anticipated debut, Thank Me Later, is finally available for his legions of fans. And those fans showed their intense support for Drizzy at a Best Buy in-store signing Tuesday (June 15), his first in-store in NYC.
Lines snaked around the block, as fans waited hours for a chance to catch the Young Money MC in person, some rocking homemade Drake T-shirts.
Inside, the crowd swelled, as everyone from bubbly toddlers to weeping girls waited for Drizzy to make his 2 p.m. appearance. Light screams broke out when the store began to pump the first strains of his Alicia Keys-assisted collabo and Later opener, “Fireworks.” When Drake finally took his place at the signing table, the crowd erupted into hysterical shrieks, thrusting camera phones in the air and falling over one another to snap pics. Drizzy flashed his million-dollar grin, mugged for the cameras and began greeting the hundreds of fans who enveloped Union Square. [Read more →]
Wayne decided that he wanted to add a verse to “Light Up.” The track already features Jay-Z schooling Drizzy on what it’s like to live in the spotlight.
Drake was set to perform at the Sounds Like Paper concert series at the South Street Seaport tonight but the NYPD canceled the show – which also featured Ninkasonik and Hanson. Drake wants you to know:
I am humbled by the crowd that showed up in support of my performance and the release of Thank Me Later. I love performing for my fans but unfortunately the show was canceled by the NYPD due to over crowding, leaving me without the chance to give my fans a real show. I’m thankful for the support that the fans have been giving me….I thank you now.
A free concert featuring the hip-hop artist Drake and the pop band Hanson at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan on Tuesday was closed down amid concerns about the size of the crowd, according to accounts from the police, performers and people in attendance.
The concert, which was scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., was widely promoted on social media like Twitter and Facebook, and was planned to coincide with the release date of Drake’s debut album, “Thank Me Later.” There is already speculation, according to MTV.com, that the album could sell hundreds of thousands of copies in its first week of release, and a Drake signing event drew hundreds of fans to the Union Square Best Buy earlier Tuesday, according to The Daily News. [Read more →]
40, Boi-1da, T.I., Bun B, Nicki Minaj Talk Making Of Thank Me Later with Complex Magazine! Click on each song title below to find out how they all came about. Thank you Complex.
1. Fireworks (Feat. Alicia Keys) (Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib)
2. Karaoke (Produced by Francis & The Lights)
3. The Resistance (Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib)
4. Over (Produced by Boi-1da)
5. Show Me A Good Time (Produced by Kanye West)
6. Up All Night (Feat. Nicki Minaj) (Produced by Boi-1da)
7. Fancy (Feat. TI and Swizz Beatz) (Produced by Swizz Beatz)
8. Shut It Down (Feat. The Dream) (Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib and Omen)
9. Unforgettable (Feat. Young Jeezy) (Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib and Boi-1da)
10. Light Up (Feat. Jay-Z) (Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib and Tone Mason)
11. Miss Me (Feat. Lil Wayne) (Produced by Boi-1da and Noah “40″ Shebib)
12. Cece’s Interlude (Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib)
13. Find Your Love (Produced by Kanye West)
14. Thank Me Now (Produced by Timbaland)
Truth be told it was just a listening event but Drizzy couldn’t help gettin’ on the mic as last night’s private event at one of the Big Apple’s top sneaker spots. I missed capturing dude rock “Show Me A Good Time” for the first time, but in the above clip he runs through “Ignorant Shit”, “Forever”, and “Fancy”. After the jump, an Internets’ wet dream as Aubrey lays his “9 Am In Dallas” bars over J.Cole’s “Who Dat”. You can thank me now. TML Day!
Thank Me Later is officially in stores now! The revolution will not be televised, but it will be documented. Support this man and his movement by purchasing Thank Me Later via Amazon or iTunes today.
Congratulations Drizzy, J Prince, everyone in the Young Money camp and otherwise who made this possible for us fans who have been down from Degrassi to the mixtapes to now. Thank me later in this b-tch wasssup…..Free Weezy in this b-tch wasup…..June 15th in this b-tch wasup!
…But it’s almost over
At his show at the 9:30 Club on Sunday night, Drake acknowledged the pressure: “I’ve been on edge – in about 24 hours, I got an album coming out.”
He may have been anxious, but Drake’s performance didn’t show it: with a DJ and band, he ripped through tracks from his mixtapes (including “So Far Gone”), the “We Are Young Money” album and a couple of selections from his debut.
If you missed Drake today on 106 & Park, he co-hosted 106 & Park with Terrence J in order to promote tomorrow’s Thank Me Later release. Oh and he’ll be back to co-host again tomorrow (June 15)
Drake will be having a CD signing tomorrow in New York @ Best Buy Union Square on 14th Street. As you can see the line is geting pretty big already.
’9AM In Dallas’ is one of the two bonus tracks featured on Thank Me Later. Be sure to purchase your copy on tommorrow (Tuesday).
Thank me later in this b-tch wasssup…..Free Weezy in this b-tch wasup…..June 15th in this b-tch wasup
Download: Drake – 9AM In Dallas
DRAKE – 9 AM IN DALLAS LYRICS FREESTYLE
yeah uh yeah
these are my one St Thomas flows
me and my niggas and some madonna hoes
that look just like virgins but trust they down to go
discussin’ life and all our common goals
smart kids that smoke weed, honor roll [Read more →]
Young Money stars Nicki Minaj and Drake are two of the hottest MCs in hip-hop, and their relationship has some thinking that the pair are hooking up in ways beyond a label affiliation. The stars were candid about their feelings for each other in recent interviews with MTV2′s “Sucker Free Countdown” — and addressed rumors that their relationship isn’t strictly platonic.
“Me and Nicki have a really playful relationship,” Drake told DJ Envy. “When I was on tour … I saw Nicki for the first time and, like, literally fell in love. She had this snap-back hat on that said ‘Minaj.’ She used to wear that every single day. She was like a theater student and she was so cold at rapping.”
Drake — who rushed to Minaj’s defense last week after Lil’ Kim said some untoward things about her — said that before breaking through, he had to contend with her somewhat icy demeanor. “I remember one of the first nights that we were out in Miami and I went to Jerry’s [Famous Deli]. I was like [to Minaj], ‘You want food, you hungry?,’ and she was like, ‘Yeah, I want some food.’ I was like, ‘I’m in, we gon’ eat food together.’ I came to her door and she took the food and shut the door in my face! I was just like, ‘Man, this is gonna be a long road for us.’ “
Drake performs to a sold out crowd at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. With an album dropping in less than 24 hours, he told the crowd and The Washington Post:
I’ve been on edge – in about 24 hours, I got an album coming out.
Look for this article in PAPER’s Summer 2010 music issue on newsstands June 21.
It may sound cliché, but Drake remembers October 31, 2009, like it was yesterday.
That was the night Drake knew his transformation from Aubrey Drake Graham — star of teen soap opera Degrassi: The Next Generation — to famous rapper had begun. That was the night Jay-Z performed in his hometown.
“Jay-Z coming to Toronto meant every single person was going to be there, which meant the majority of the people in my life were there,” the 23-year-old rapper recalls. “And there was a big rumor around the city: Is Drake close enough to Jay where he would bring me out? And people were like, ‘No, it would never happen.’”
Well, it did happen. Not only did Jay-Z bring Drake out to perform on stage with him, he let a still-fringe artist perform one of his own songs, “Successful,” in its entirety. “I’ll never forget that. I must have looked in the eyes of 40 people I know in the first 20 rows,” Drake says, sounding still somewhat shocked. “There were ex-girlfriends, guys who hated me, people who loved me, my mother — and it was just like, ‘This is it.’” Like most other testaments to Drake’s success, there’s a video on the Internet to prove the moment actually happened.
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It’s a benchmark in hip-hop that only two MCs have ever realized: selling 1 million album units during an opening release week.
Eminem achieved the feat — with his second and third albums, The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show, respectively — and in 2008, Lil Wayne joined the exclusive club as he pushed seven-digits worth of his sixth set, Tha Carter III, an act that cemented his ascent to super-stardom.
Kanye West came close with his third collection, Graduation, but stalled just short of the platinum plateau. And 50 Cent is the only debuting rapper who ever came anywhere near the mark when he pushed more than 800,000 copies of Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
Now, on the verge of releasing his major label debut, Thank Me Later, many are wondering whether Drake — last year’s mixtape wunderkind — can deliver on all of the hype to become only the third rapper to break the one-million mark in first week sales.
I always said that his setup was so impeccable, so crazy, that I just thought he would get really close to 1 million,” Vibe magazine editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall told MTV News. “The one thing he needed was that big record and I don’t think he was able to get his ‘Lollipop’ out the gate,” he said referring to Wayne’s breakout Carter III single. “But still, I think the setup is incredible and I expect him to sell 500,000 to 600,000 the first week. [Read more →]