“No New Friends?”
According to Drake
, not exactly. He has already invited a slew of high-profile guests (Wiz Khalifa
) to join him on stage during his tour
, which already features Miguel
. And at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on November 25, he brought out two extra special guests: fellow Young Money signee Nicki Minaj
and West Coast rap king Snoop Dogg
As Minaj and Drake performed their Take Care duet “Make Me Proud,” the two showed no signs of tension. It’s as if they wanted to show that choice lines from Drake’s “Tuscan Leather,” off Nothing Was the Same, spoke of the past and not the present: “Not even talkin’ to Nicki, communication is breaking / I dropped the ball on some personal shit, I need to embrace it.” They exchanged smiles and playfully sized each other up, before Drake demanded more applause for Minaj. “Los Angeles, make some noise for one of the most beautiful, talented women in the entire world,” he said to the crowd.
And when Snoop Dogg took the stage, Drake made the calm but charismatic rap star feel at home. After he performed “The Next Episode” and “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang,” Drake called him “one of the most important people not only in music, but just in the world.” Then, he asked if Snoop could perform another. Without hesitation, Snoop lit up a blunt, then inhaled before launching “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”
Watch Minaj join Drake up top, then see Snoop’s cameo after the jump. More »
If you thought Drake
‘s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
video was an epic production, well then you’ll be blown away by his 10-minute “Worst Behavior” visual. Drizzy and Director X
helmed the video, which was shot in Memphis and features cameos from Juicy J
, Project Pat
and even Drake’s father, all of whom lip-sync to the Nothing Was The Same
Drake does his best mean-mugging for this one, delivering each “Remember?” and “Muhfucker!” with a glare at the camera, but his hard stance is softened when the vid cuts to a completely superfluous and overlong sketch starring Juicy and a dude dressed as an OVO mascot. The inexplicable bit of comedy makes Odd Future‘s Loiter Squad seem like Monty Python.
Check it out up top. More »
repped one of his idols
on Halloween, dressing as Yeezus-era Kanye West
, including a bald eagle tank top and creepy jeweled mask, for a costume that has been dubbed “Dreezus.” In his Instagram post, Drizzy captioned the photo thusly: “I win the backstage costume contest every time #LightSkinYeezus #IAmAGod #IconicShit #HomeMadeDonda #AllPraiseToTheGenius.”
No word yet on whether Kanye dressed up for the holiday. Last year, he went as Batman with his now-fiancee Kim Kardashian as Catwoman. We’re guessing this time around West was too busy freaking out about his tour woes to worry about that. Although with the shows on hold, he probably had a few masks lying around.
Check out Drake’s outfit below. More »
One of the most anticipated collaborations on Drake
‘s Nothing Was The Same
was “Trophies,” a track co-produced by Hit-Boy
. A snippet of it was first heard in a trailer for the album
, but the album came and went with no sign of the track, nor a Hit-Boy credit. On Monday (October 28), the Canadian star previewed a larger chunk of “Trophies”
at his Barclays Center show before sitting down with Revolt TV to explain what became of the collab.
Basically, ever the perfectionist, Drizzy wasn’t satisfied with the hooks he came up with, and didn’t feel comfortable handing over hook duties to someone else, so he shelved the song. “I wouldn’t even call it a leftover, it was definitely on the album,” Drake said of the track. “I had two different hooks on there. I didn’t like either of them… I’m gonna drop ‘Trophies,’ though. I’m gonna finish it up and drop ‘Trophies.’” More »
was one of the earliest, and biggest, champions of a mysterious singer known as The Weeknd
back in 2011. But late last year and into this summer, there was thought to be some tension between Drake and the now-known quantity Abel Tesfaye
, because the two hadn’t collaborated since 2011 and Tesfaye passed up a chance to join Drake’s OVO crew. In July, though, they reassured everyone
that there was no freeze-out, and s00n after, Drizzy appeared on The Weeknd‘s proper commercial debut
. And now Drake is bringing along the Canadian crooner as the opener for the European leg of his “Would You Like A Tour?”
Drizzy just kicked off the North American iteration of his tour, which wraps up December 16, with Future and Miguel in the supporting slots. In early 2014 he’ll head across the Atlantic for 11 dates with The Weeknd, starting March 1 in Stockholm and hitting up Glasgow and Oslo before finishing with a two-night stand in London on March 24-25. Head below to see the full list of dates. More »
Are you sick of Drake
‘s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” yet? I didn’t think I would ever be. But after endlessly playing the song, and then Dev Hynes‘ cover
, then Drizzy’s gangster video
, then Rick Ross‘ remix
, then Holy Ghost!‘s cover
, I think I have finally reached “Hold On” fatigue. But maybe you haven’t! So maybe you’d like to watch the official video for Rozay’s remix, premiered by Revolt TV.
Cris Le Touche directed the surprisingly poignant visual, which starts at the end and works its way backwards. Check it out up top.
Following pretty compelling reinterpretations by Rick Ross
and Dev Hynes
‘s great “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
gets another cover, this time care of Holy Ghost!
. The New York City neo-disco duo made it into a leaner affair, pairing a snappy four-on-the-floor beat with hushed, reverberating vocals. Basically, they’ve removed the song’s warm, gooey center and left a (dancing) skeleton.
Check out the cover and grab a free download below. More »
Kanye West described himself as a creative genius
, to much fanfare, on Jimmy Kimmel Live
earlier this month, and it’s sort of hard to argue with that — the guy is responsible for “Jesus Walks,” “Gold Digger,” “Stronger,” 808s And Heartbreak
, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
and the overall art-ification of hip-hop. But the Kanye detractors were quick to mock his claim and reject the quote at its face. So Kanye clarified his statements in a radio interview Monday (just a few hours before his big proposal
), saying that he’s a genius because he knows how to surround himself with geniuses, tapping into their brains and directing their work to reflect his vision.
“My creative genius is creating around geniuses. Using creative geniuses to express, getting out of their way,” Kanye said. “If someone is more talented than me at stage design, at art direction, at playing the guitar, at production, at rapping, at anything that it is, I will step out of their way. I’ll ask as many questions as possible. I’ll send Drake 10 tracks, and ask him to write every one of those choruses.”
Check out the interview clip below. More »
postponed his second tour stop in Philadelphia on October 19 nearly an hour after the show was scheduled to begin. According to a Wells Fargo Center spokesman
, the abrupt rescheduling was due to the show’s “elaborate nature” and “an unexpected technical issue.”
His “Would You Like a Tour?” show kicked off in Pittsburgh the night before, after being pushed back by three weeks and (mercifully) without any signs of tension between Drake and opening act Future. “I feel like motherfuckin’ Bon Jovi up in here!” Drake said. Concert footage suggested that he didn’t take the crowd for granted. Even when he invited Wiz Khalifa to perform breakout hit-turned-Steelers anthem “Black and Yellow,” he bounced to keep concert patrons hyped.
Drake’s Philly stop has been rescheduled to December 18; all tickets and parking receipts will be honored. For now, read a great recap at SPIN and check out video clips of his Pittsburgh concert after the jump. More »
‘s future once again includes Future.
Remember all that stuff
about Future shading the Canadian, and Drake subsequently booting the robo-warbler from the tour
, then Future claiming the diss was the result of a Billboard
misquote, then re-negotiations crumbling after Drake wanted to squeeze Future out of some money, then Future deciding to sue Drake for $1.5 million? Do you remember all that? Of course you do, it was only two days ago! But now it’s water under the bridge. Future confirmed on Twitter that he’ll be there for the first stop of Drizzy’s “Would You Like A Tour?”
in Pittsburgh on October 18.
“Back in Atl getting ready for tour..1st stop Pittsburgh,” Future tweeted today, after Hot 107.9 reported yesterday that the two rappers had squashed their beef and decided to resume the tour as planned. (Miguel was presumably playing the Switzerland role during this conflict so as not to jeopardize his supporting slot.)
Head below to see Future’s full tweet. More »