18 items from 2013
Drake talks a big game, but at the end of the day, he's a mama's boy! In fact, the 26-year-old rapper gave mom Sandi Graham the Best Rap Album Grammy he won for Take Care in February 2013. "It's in her kitchen now," he said, per the Huffington Post. "One day she's going to put some shelves up in her house and start displaying some stuff." "My mother is an incredible woman," Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, gushed. "I talk about her a lot on this album [Nothing Was The Same, released Sept. 24]. She's brought me to this point single-handedly…She's the most important person in my life." Precious! And Drake, endearingly, isn't too caught »
Drake contains multitudes. Just ask him — he’ll tell you so himself. On his third album, Nothing Was the Same, the rapper compares himself to Odb and Keith Sweat; to Dwight Howard, Serena Williams, and Dan Marino; to “Guy Pearce in Momento” and to Prince Akeem, the African potentate played by Eddie Murphy in Coming to America. Critics have greeted the new album with their own theories, holding up Drake as a millennial standard-bearer, as a newly beefed-up tough guy, as a misogynist “asshole,” as James Taylor, as Porgy from Porgy and Bess. To this list we may add several other Drakes: avenging geek, Jewish neurotic, noir-pop crooner, tortured family chronicler.Of course, the simplest answer to the question “Who is Drake?” — the answer that Drake himself wants you to give — is, simply, “Drake”: Aubrey Drake Graham, biracial Canadian child actor turned musician. “I'm authentic, real name, no gimmicks, »
- Jody Rosen
"Kendrick’s verse was a moment. It was really cool for a couple weeks. But are you listening to it now? How does that verse start?" Speaking to a packed house at Nyu's Skirball Center, Drake sat like A.C. Slater, only on the front of his chair. "I’m not mad at it, I get it," said the rapper. "I know it’s all love because I saw him, like, five days later at the VMAs. I kind of lost respect for the sentiment, though. My thing is, if it's really 'fuck everybody,' then you can’t be halfway about it." After he said this, his entire section of friends stood up, arms wide like Tupac, as if this were a bar fight or a scene from Step Up 2: The Streets. Moments later, he described himself as "still the guy with the clouds in his picture." Oh, »
- Jeff Rosenthal
When Drake released the cover art for his new album, "Nothing Was the Same," it didn't take long before fans decided there was a similarity between the baby pictured on the art and Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Jay Z and Beyonce. The rapper, real name Aubrey Graham, says it's definitely not the first baby of rap, though.
The baby is actually an artist representation of a young Drake, afro and all, according to MTV. The painting of baby Drake, along with the adult one used as an alternate cover, was done by Kadir Nelson, who has created artwork for Michael Jackson in the past.
"Nothing Was the Same" was originally scheduled for a September 17 release, before Drake pushed the date back until September 24. Though the rapper performed two songs at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, his most memorable moment was a simple reaction to Miley Cyrus on the show. »
Apparently, the Internet has mistaken a baby Drake for Blue Ivy Carter.
Us Weekly reported Wednesday that fans took to Twitter, asking if Blue Ivy is on one of the alternate covers for Drake's new album, "Nothing Was the Same," due out Sept. 24. The artworks, which are oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson, were revealed on Instagram on Wednesday, Aug. 21. One shows the profile of a young child and the other a profile of Drake, both against a cloudy blue sky. When placed side-by-side they appear to be looking at each other.
Instagram users and tweeters alike began chattering about how much the baby in the portrait resembles Blue Ivy. Some even wondered, "Why is Blue Ivy on Drake's album cover?"
While both Blue Ivy and the baby in the painting have curly hair and adorable cherub faces, the illustration is no homage to Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter. It's actually little Drake, »
- The Huffington Post
It's about damn time! At one point, it became a mystery as to whether or not Drake even knew what was being said about him by Amanda Bynes, since the star kept mum through months of being the center of her Twitterverse. But he knew exactly what was going on, he just chose not to talk about it—until now. The rapper finally addressed all of the former child star's bizarre tweets about him—one minute Drake's "stunning" and a second later he's "ugly"—and it turns out he's just as confused as we are. "I don't even know who that is doing that or what that's about," Drizzy told »
A new song from Drake has hit the web. The rapper slows it down in "On My Way," a collaboration with producer and singer James Fauntleroy.
Born Aubrey Drake Graham, the rapper collaborated with Fauntleroy previously on the song "Girls Love Beyonce."
Leaking this week, "On My Way" is a slow jam that has Drake singing, "Baby, I just landed / 'bout to get my bags and, all I need's an address / and I'm on my way." Take a listen to "On My Way" above.
Drake is expected to release his third studio album later this year. To be called "Nothing Was The Same," the album is "almost finished," according to the rapper. While "On My Way" was reportedly recorded a few years back, the track never made it on to an album and may be featured on "Nothing Was The Same." Drake's recent hit, "Started from the Bottom," will serve as the album's lead single. »
- Madeline Boardman
Drake has one question for you: Would you like a tour?
The twist: It doesn't matter what your answer is, because the 26-year-old rapper already went ahead and planned one. A 41-date journey across North America, the rapper's tour will feature R&B standout Miguel and robot-rapper Future as supporting acts.
Drake has a forthcoming album that will eventually join Kanye West, Jay-z, J. Cole, Wale and Meek Mill in the race for the summer. Now that the tour has been announced, look for him to resume releasing singles (or just re-listen to "Started From the Bottom" and "5Am in Toronto," both of which are great songs).
Take a look at the tour dates below, direct from Drake's website. No on-sale information is available yet, but we'll sure Aubrey Graham will share that soon.
September 25 - Portland, Or - Rose Garden Arena
September 26 - Tacoma, Wa - Tacoma Dome
September 27 - Vancouver, »
- The Huffington Post
Anchorman 2: The One with Kanye West has also added one Aubrey Graham to the mix. The Daily News has a snapshot of Drake sporting some big sideburns, a bigger afro, and a dragon T-shirt. It seems like a safe bet Drizzy will be part of the new melee scene, same as Yeezus. But did Drake chat up Will Ferrell about incorporating an old joke sample for his new album, Watch the Throne-style? "Started from the Bottom Remix feat. Buddy the Elf"? »
- Zach Dionne
He started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the Bet Awards: Drake has 12 nominations.
BET announced the nominees Tuesday, May 14. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are up for eight awards each. Drake is nominated three times for the top prize, video of the year. His hit, "Started from the Bottom," will compete with his collaborations with 2 Chainz ("No Lie") and A$AP Rocky ("Problems"). The top award has 10 nominees, including Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie,"
- The Associated Press
As a big fan of music, I long for the days of the ’60s and ’70s, when there was true artistry in musicianship. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie… they didn’t just make albums, they made art. In today’s music industry, it’s not about how well a song is written, or how good an album sounds, but how quickly a single can get downloaded on iTunes, and how much money can be made from each performer.
Most singers in the charts these days don’t write their own music. It’s written for them by various song writing teams, meaning that the songs are interchangeable from singer to singer. For example, “…Baby One More Time,” a massive hit for Britney Spears, was originally written for girl band TLC. This is common practice in the modern industry, but it makes me wonder, do we really need the seemingly »
- Danny Hill
Drake is taking the high road—kinda—when it comes to his feud with Chris Brown. In an interview with online radio show Keep It Thoro on Friday, the rapper tried to be diplomatic when the topic of Breezy (and Rihanna) came up. "Don't ask me s--t about that man when I come up there, and leave that man alone," Drake said. "Stop preying on his insecurities." "His insecurities are the fact that I make better music than him, that I'm more popping than him and that at one point in life the woman that he loves fell into my lap," Drake continued. According to Drake, he "did what a real n--ga would do" and treated that woman, Rihanna, "with »
Amanda Bynes wants Drake to… Take a trip down south. Pay a visit to ladyland. Or, Ok, "murder [her] vagina." Sure, as a standalone tweet, A.B.'s lusty, public confession seems a little laughable. But when you really look at it, she and the Canadian rapper formerly known as Aubrey Drake Graham (!) would actually make an awesome couple. For real! Here are five reasons why. 1. Homegirl's Direct: Wink-face texts? Vague song lyrics? Smiling subtly from across the way? Ain't nobody got time for that! Drake—and every guy, really—should appreciate a lady who comes right out and says what she wants. And it's not like Amanda's proposing marriage or babies or »
Just in case you needed reminding, Drake is very, very rich. The double-platinum rapper lays bare his nouveau riche sensibilities in the brand-new video for "Started From the Bottom," which charts the 2013 Grammy winner's (he took home Best Rap Album in the pre-televised portion of tonight's ceremony) rise from lowly grocery store clerk to world-renowned hip-hop superstar in less than five-and-a-half minutes. Interestingly, the clip leaves out the part where Drake (nee Aubrey Graham) scores a series regular role on "Degrassi: The Next Generation" at the age of 15, but let's not get bogged down in minor details. All in »
- Chris Eggertsen
Los Angeles -- Toronto rapper Drake finally won his first Grammy Award on Sunday afternoon, while the rest of the Canadian field was shut out at an untelevised ceremony where the bulk of the prizes were handed out ahead of the evening gala.
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Skrillex won three Grammys each while Jay-z, Kanye West, Esperanza Spalding, Gotye and Chick Corea all won two awards apiece at a three-hour ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in which 70 Grammys were distributed before the splashy TV broadcast.
Drake has been nominated a total of 12 times, and in 10 of those instances, he wound up losing to one of Jay-z, West or Eminem (in fact, the Jay-z/West combo beat him out in two of his nominated categories on Sunday too).
But the 26-year-old born Aubrey Graham didn't have any of those hip hop titans to contend with in the best rap album category, »
The 55th Grammy Awards have arrived, and music's biggest night promises a ton of trophies, and hopefully some great live performances by today's hottest acts. Who has the best record of 2012? How about the year's best new artist? Stick with Zap2it throughout the night, as we continue updating the list of this year's winners!
All of the award categories are below, with the winners in bold.
Record of the Year"Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson"We Are Young" by Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye, featuring Kimbra"Thinkin Bout You" by Frank Ocean"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift
Song of the Year »
He may be known best as Drake, but "Degrassi" alum Aubrey Graham was formerly known (at least to fans of the Canadian teen drama) as Wheelchair Jimmy, after a school shooting left his character injured from the waist down.
Recently, Drake and fellow "Degrassi: The Next Generation" alum Shane Kippel (who played Spinner) reunited at a rap battle. The Grammy-nominated rapper has never been shy abut his teen TV past, even rapping, "I’m the same little boy that used to play up on Degrassi" in his song "Ransom," featuring Lil' Wayne.
Take a look at Drake's "Degrassi" reunion in the photo Kippel tweeted below.
The reunion with @drake. Congrats to @905arcane, and thanks to @ryanpvpkotd and @scottjacksonbb for the sik time. Kotd twitter.com/shaneykipps/st…
— Shane Kippel (@shaneykipps) January 27, 2013
I assume I'm not alone in hoping they performed Spinner and Jimmy's misogynistic "Degrassi" rap together from a 2004 episode. »
- The Huffington Post
The prophesy has come true! Spinner and Jimmy are together again! Drake, who has sort of shied away from his Degrassi roots, apparently reunited with Shane Kippel, better known to fans as Gavin "Spinner" Mason on Degrassi: The Next Genreation. Kippel tweeted a photo of the former castmates over the weekend, leaving us to imagine that Jimmy's stem-cell cure came through, and now he can walk again. »
- Margaret Lyons
18 items from 2013
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