News: Drake Signs Major Label Deal, Drops Indie Dream

Monday, Jun 29, 2009 12:03PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After months of speculation, SOHH has learned rap newcomer Drake signed a joint venture record deal ending early talks of him releasing his debut album independently.

According to inside sources, the rapper will join Lil Wayne and Bryan "Baby" Williams.

The long-anticipated wait is over as Drake has signed a record deal which places him under the wings of Young Money, Cash Money, Universal and Republic. While an official statement has yet to emerge, the rapper's long trek of signing speculation has come to an end. (SOHH)

Aside from the announcement, online reports spread last week which said Drake would likely be signing with Universal Motown.

According to several sources on the left coast, Toronto native, and Hip-Hop's second coming, Drake, who's been used as tug toy between Atlantic Records, Universal Records, Interscope Records and Def Jam Records has allegedly inked a deal with Universal Records. From my understanding, Drake was set to announce his new found Hip-Hop residence some time soon, but I guess word got out a little premature and landed directly in my lap. Now, the lil birdie who threw me this tidbit got the information straight from the label, so you can kill the LowKey's making up ish? commentary - ASAP. And if this doesn't serve true, well someone up at Universal Records has a lot of explaining to do. (BET)

Speaking with Big Tigger, Queen Latifah and Jamie Foxx on BET's "After Party" show last night (June 28), Drizzy justified his BET Awards 2009 performance and promised a record deal announcement would be coming.

"I just take it a day at a time," Drake said. "I actually, I tore my ACL. So yeah, I'm back on the canes so yeah, to perform today was a bit of a challenge but you know, I got through it man and it was a great thing. There's an album coming out hopefully by the end of this year, the craziest part, I, uh, you'll hear about the deal. (BET's After Party)

Drake also addressed his performance via Twitter.

"I performed sitting down because I had no choice," he wrote. "I'll make it up to y'all that's my word!" (Drake's Twitter)

His performance received mix reviews from fans and rappers alike including Joe Budden.

"just caught the 'every girl' performance from the awards," he wrote via Twitter. "WTF ?? really ???? Think abou it, if they DID get their wish & f_cked evry girl n the world, not only would they get evry STD, but they'd be f*ckin' relatives!" (Joe Budden's Twitter)

Check out Drake's interview last night on BET's "After Party" show:

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