Late last week, news came out that Toronto would become the host city for 2016 All-Star Weekend, to which many hip hop-loving basketball fans immediately concluded that Drake is already booked for halftime. While that's still unofficial (it may as well be official), one thing that is official is that Drake is the new "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors.
That's right! Enter Drizzy as the next hip hop artist to be directly affiliated with an NBA team. His responsibilities will include being a host, business partner, and consultant for the Raps. I'm not sure how actively involved he'll be exactly, but I'm pretty sure we'll hear a line from him about saving basketball in Canada on the next album. In the meantime, it's still NWTS and video of the announcement is above.
The best week of interviews in hip hop concludes with Drake's three-part talk with Elliott Wilson and his CRWN series, presented by MySpace. Quotables were released earlier in the week, and today, you can watch all three parts here.
Pt. 1 talks about NWTS, Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse, looking up to Kanye West, and looking ahead as a singer.
Pt. 2 talks about relationships: not with the ladies, but the working relationship with Jay Z and his family relationship. Drizzy also discusses the OVO sound.
Pt. 3 is a fan Q&A as Drake talks about who else he has left to collaborate with and why he discounts Twitter.
So Drake might not move a million records first week, but who cares? The voice of the millennial generation will once again top his pervious work. Drake is set to debut next week on Billboard 200 with sales on track for 675-725,000 copies, according to HITS Daily Double.
Congratulations to Drake because this is great for not only hip-hop, but also urban music in general. Nothing Was The Same has received very favorable reviews from critics and fans alike. Nothing Was The Same and Magna Carta… Holy Grail are hands down two of the best albums of the year.
It's been a busy couple of days on the Blog, primarily featuring new interviews thanks to Kanye West(who's as engaging as ever) and Drake(who talked to everybody today, huh?). But let's get to the music, shall we? I just want to spotlight a couple artistic new music videos in this space, leading off with Drizzy's surprise action-packed, guns ablazing, kidnap rescue short film for "Hold On, We're Going Home". He celebrates the release of Nothing Was The Same today by giving us a collective, "wait, what?" moment, but there's no denying that this video was entertaining.
The other couple big music video releases today were courtesy of A$AP Rocky, who makes a cameo in "Hold On" oh btw, for his "Fashion Killa", which sees Rihanna as his love interest, as directed by #Virgil Abloh# (I felt the hashtags were a nice touch.) Plus, Miley Mania continues as she stars in "23" with Juicy J & Wiz Khalifa for Mike Will's new video, where she dons of the jersey of the G.O.A.T. (and sparks cringes from Bulls fans everywhere). ICYMI, watch above, below, and hit all the categories for even more new music and interviews.
With the release of NWTS the media has been covering and interviewing Drake the entire day to see his thoughts on how his album has been received as well as his interests. Today Drake visited ESPN and sat in for a brief interview on "First Take" where he talks about his friendship with NCAA football phenom Johnny Manziel.
TIBS UPDATE: Here's a rundown of all of Drizzy's interviews today:
It’s officially! Today Drake’s 3rd album, Nothing Was The Same, has officially made its debut on store shelves today. Nothing Was The Same is without a doubt one of the most highly anticipated album to be released this year. Yesterday Drake sat down with Ryan Seacrest for an exclusive 30 minute on iHeartRadio. He talks about the leak of his album, working with Beyoncé, and his best album will be his next album. Check the interview below. Also cheak out his new music video "Hold On We're Going Home."
As you know Sunday night Drake sat down with Elliott Wilson of Rap Radar at NYU’s Skirball Center. The chat was apart of Elliott Wilson’s series of conversations with rap artist CRWN. During the interview said "Pound Cake," his collaboration with Jay Z, presented the opportunity to contribute to Beyoncé’s new album.
“Writing with Beyoncé… She’s got bars!” He stated, even though Beyoncé would be mad him for revealing the info on her upcoming project. He also revealed How Jay Z’s verses for "Pound Cake" came about. Originally Jay Z recorded the two verses you hear on “Pound Cake” for Magna Carta… Holy Grail. Drake heard the verses and loved them so he convinced Jay Z to give him the acapella's for his album, Nothing Was The Same. Wednesday CRWN part 1 of 3 will be aired on MySpace. Nothing Was The Same drops tomorrow so be sure to support it!
Seriously this will never get old! lol
Meanwhile… Still waiting on that album Beyoncé (-_-).
Last night, Drake talked with Elliott Wilson for his next edition of the CRWN series and confirmed the Wu-Tang collab/remix to "Wu-Tang Forever" that was revealed last week as a possibility. We can also expect the "Hold On, We're Going Home" video this week on top of the album's release, of course, tomorrow.
UPDATE: Drake had this to add about Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse (h/t 2db). Pt. 1 (of 3) of Drake x CRWN will be presented by MySpace and air on MySpace.com on Wednesday.
“That verse was a moment to talk about. Are you listening to it now, though? He didn’t come in there on some wild, ‘I’m in New York, fuck everybody.’ I almost wish he had come in there on that shit because I kind of lost a little bit of respect for the sentiment of the verse. If it’s really ‘fuck everybody’ then it needs to be ‘fuck everybody’. It can’t just be halfway”
Plus, more new music is on the way as Drake expresses through MEME on Instagram (tagging Hit-Boy as well). I wholeheartedly support artists revealing news this way.
More laughs can be had with one look at Drake's new sweatshirt.