Drizzy Drake held court in his hometown of Toronto over the weekend as he and his crew, October's Very Own, hosted the "OVO Fest," their own self-produced concert that featured the likes of Jay-Z and Eminem as guest performers.
But before the show, the Young Money MC took time out to speak to RapFix and open up about the direction he's hoping the take his sophomore set.
Drake said he felt that he had so much to say on his debut, Thank Me Later, that at times he was actually rapping too much.
Here, T.Dot's favorite son talks about what he plans to do different on the next one. Read More...
6:55 PM Just ran into Karla Moy AKA @hustlegrl and @DJFolk on the way backstage for #OVOFest. A lot of people are lined up outside, 40 just pulled up in his Mercedes, and Future the Prince is bouncing around the parking lot. People are talking about all the surprise guests. Hint: one is a Bawse.
7:26 PM Francis & the Lights are getting ready to hit the stage in a few minutes. The band is loose and relaxed ("Let's hit it," Francis is saying). Drake told @RealSway that he likes to get to the show early enough to see Francis perform. He's a big fan of his writing. Francis is set to perform in New York next week and we'll be in the house to talk to him. Send any questions for him to @MTVRapFix.
7:36 PM The man of the hour just arrived backstage with Bun B, Ozone's Julia Beverly, Rap Radar's Elliott Wilson, and Niko. Drake snapped a few photos with fans and chatted them up. The October's Very Own team is sporting their OVO jackets and smiles. This is a huge day for them.
Wiz Khalifa has come a long way from his humble beginnings as a teen rapper from Pittsburgh. Now, a seasoned artist at ridiculously young age, Wiz bypassed the major label system to get himself hot on his own with a slew of mixtapes and independent projects, from Prince of the City to Show and Prove, which netted him a deal with Warner Bros. After sitting on the shelf without an album on the streets, however, the charasmatic MC parted ways with WB last year and hit the independent scene even harder. He scored a slot on the cover of XXL's esteemed "Freshman 10" cover earlier this year, has sold out shows without a heavy co-sign, and the world was introduced to his Taylor Gang following when he dropped the standout mixtape Kush & Orange Juice; the hashtag #kushandorangejuice became the number one trending topic on Twitter.
"Hottest Breakthough MC of 2010" has kept the blogosphere buzzing about whether he'll call another major label home again. During his appearance on "RapFix Live" on Friday (July 30), the upstart rapper put all of the rumors to rest (Has he already? Is he gonna?) and confirmed that he will in fact be joining the Atlantic Records roster.
Kanye West has been cooking up his next album for some time out in Hawaii (again), where a who's who list of hip-hop talent has been collaborating with the Chicago MC and producer. Behind the boards Q-Tip, the RZA, Pete Rock, DJ Toomp, and No ID are just some of the names helping 'Ye orchestrate his hopeful masterpiece. Consequence, Kid Cudi, and Clipse's Pusha T are among the spit kickers sparring with West on his still untitled project.
With the bevy of star power assembled for one album and the overall enthusiasm dedicated to the task at hand--Ross told Sway during "RapFix Live" that Kanye plays tribal movies without the sound in the studio; "I think he's trying to make music that matches those images," he said--the Miami Don said the scene reminded him of how Dr. Dre must craft his classic collections.
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