Drake has announced that his third annual OVO Festival (October’s Very Own, for the uninitiated) will take place on August 5 at the Molson Amphitheatre, and A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and The Weeknd will be performing. The festival has been known to have surprise visitors (Jay-Z, for example), so perhaps we can expect similar famous friends to show (maybe Rihanna, Nicki Minaj or Azealia Banks to add a female to the card?). Surprise guests or not, it is sure to sell out, so fans would be wise to participate in the pre-sale. (YOLO. Which, for the uninitiated, is another acronym Drake likes to use.)
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T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire oil tycoon, isn’t the kind of guy you’d expect to see on Twitter, let alone retweet Drake. But yesterday, the Oklahoma-born oil king, whose Twitter account claims it’s updated “by Boone himself and members of his team,” did just that. Pickens responded to Drake’s tweet “The first million is the hardest,” saying “The first billion is a helluva lot harder.” Why Pickens decided to retweet the Canadian rapper, we’re not sure, but Drake is going to think twice the next time he tries to humblebrag.
Have you ever dreamed of doing the Wheelchair Jimmy next to Drake onstage? Canadians will need to keep dreaming, but it could actually happen for one lucky American (sort of). Drizzy, OurStage and the Real Hip Hop Network have created a contest, and the prize is opening 20 shows during Drake’s Club Paradise summer tour. From May 7 to 11, fans will vote on all of the submissions received on the OurStage website, and the final selection will be made from the 100 artists who receive the most votes. If you want to get Drake’s attention, we recommend being a talented rapper, and not getting a tattoo on your forehead.
Not only are there rumours in the air this month that Drake is collaborating on a posthumous Aaliyah album, but he’s also released two new videos, making him nearly as busy as Justin Bieber (though Drake still doesn’t have a fragrance, or a Disney channel girlfriend). “HYFR” (meaning Hell Yeah, F!@#in’ Right) shows Drake having a “re–bar mitzvah,” with scenes of friends chugging Patrone and mashing up a Torah cake, including, for some reason, someone wearing a knit panda mask. Then there’s the much-anticipated video for “Take Care,” which shows Rihanna and Drake warming each other up (using the scientific principle of friction) because they’re chilly. (Oh, and there’s a bull in the video for no reason at all.)
We learned that a posthumous Aaliyah album may be in production after producer Jeffery “J. Dub” Walker suggested it via Twitter a while ago, and now Drake is fuelling rumours about how he’ll be taking part by saying he has “some great Aaliyah news coming soon.” He further described the secret project as “great for music, period,” but he also felt the need to explain that while “it’s hard for [him] to ride around to a female singer because [he’s] a man,” Aaliyah is an exception because she “always kept it G with the writing and the melodies.” There is still no word from Aaliyah’s record label Background Records, but considering that her music reminds Drake of when he “used to love,” we figure there’s a near guarantee that something big is going to happen very soon.
One of the things we won’t get to see this summer is Drake’s new signature dance move, the Wheelchair Jimmy. It’s an ode to his old Degrassi: The Next Generation character, and while it doesn’t constitute the full-on role revisiting some of us are still secretly hoping for, it’s a pretty close second. And for the record: no one else can pull this off. [Rap Dose]
Drake recently announced a summer tour in North America, and the hometown emo-hop star isn’t making any stops in Toronto, or Canada at all. Here’s where the tour is stopping with French Montana, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, J. Cole and Waka Flocka Flame: California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Dallas, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan (hey, that’s sort of close!), Indianapolis, Illinois, Tennessee, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Sorry, Canada.
Drake now holds the record for the most No. 1’s on Billboard’s Rap Songs chart (he has 11), but he’s got some major ex-girlfriend issues to work through before he can relax and celebrate. Drizzy’s former flame Ericka Lee, who says she’s the mystery woman heard at the beginning of the song “Marvin’s Room,” is suing Drake for recognition as co-writer of the song, damages and a share of profits. Lee alleges she has a text message from Drake that reads, “U basically made that song,” but after the pair split and she tried to seek royalties, things got ugly and she had to hire a lawyer. Drake does credit Lee as the song’s “Syren Lyric Muse,” but it would seem that shout-out just isn’t good enough for her (or a spell-checker, for that matter).
In the escalating feud between Drake and rival rapper Common, the latter has thrown out all kinds of foul insults, calling Drizzy “soft,” “amateur” and even “Canada Dry” (horrors!). Now it seems that Common is trying to change his tune, telling Rolling Stone that he respects Drake as an artist, and that Drake “definitely said some real clever things and made some cool songs. I like his music.” The compliment doesn’t seem all that sincere (Common sounds more like a recalcitrant child being forced by his mom publicist to apologize than an honest-to-goodness admirer), but we’re pretty sure Drake won’t shed any tears over it—he has enough devoted fans already.
Drake news is really heating up now that the champagne of ginger ales, Canada Dry, has been dragged into a weeks-long feud between Drizzy and his rival, the tweed hat aficionado and popular rapper Common. Back in December, Common called Drake “soft” on his song “Sweet,” and Drake eloquently responded with, “Just ’cause I sing, I’m not no bitch” at a concert in L.A. We think that’s a pretty tame reaction, but Common is now firing back with a rhyme in a remix of a Rick Ross track: “I’m taking too long with this amateur guy/You ain’t wet nobody, n—a, you Canada Dry.” This battle has generated some choice tweets, and Drake’s face has been added to Wikipedia’s Canada Dry entry (we’re jealous), but while these rappers continue an ego-filled feud, we’re left thirsty. Canada Dry, 1; petty rappers, 0.
The Find: the hottest celebrity accessory is actually available in Toronto (and frankly, it’s better here)
There are so many reasons to want a tattoo, but so few good reasons to actually get one. For example, we don’t recommend forehead tattoos, no matter how much you love someone (sorry, Drake). And while Justin Bieber may think a giant Jesus on the calf is a great idea, we think that it’s just fine for tattoos to be a little subtler sometimes (sorry, Jesus). We walked by Speakeasy on Harbord and immediately fell in love with its old-school tattoos and custom work—don’t fret though, tattoo artists Lizzie, Adrian and Jen M. all have unique styles, so there’s a lot of opportunity to be modern (well, maybe not by Zac Efron’s definition), should sparrows and anchors not be what you were hoping for. Prices vary (and gift cards are available).
Speakeasy, 299 Harbord St., 647-378-2481, speakeasy-tattoo.com/.
It has the been the year of abs, boyish haircuts, protesting and Maury Povich–style paternity suits for celebrities we love, like Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling, Sarah Gadon, Drake and Rachel McAdams. In short, it was fun for the whole family (except for those families who were left without Christmas concert tickets because of scalpers). Check out our favourite celebrity moments of 2011 after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
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