News: Drake's "Us & Them" Role Explained, Rep Clears Up Rumors
Friday, Jul 31, 2009 4:00PM
Rap newcomer Drake's forthcoming "Us and Them" television series has been confirmed by a rep for the rapper who said he would opt out of on-screen time to produce.
Despite prior reports, Drake will reportedly help the show from behind-the-scenes.
"'Us and Them' is something he has been working on for some time with some of his actor friends," his rep said in an interview. "They will be continuing to develop the show, but Drake won't be starring in it." (MTV)
Reports landed online late Wednesday (July 29) which suggested Drizzy will have both an actor and producer role with the series.
Also Wednesday, Toronto-based the Nightingale Company said Canadian actor and rap artist Aubrey "Drake" Graham ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") is to develop a new comedy series for the indie producer. Graham, also known as the recording artist "Drake," and fellow actor Mazin Eisadig ("The Line") are to co-star in "Us and Them," a sitcom about best buddies -- and polar opposites -- trying to make their way in the entertainment industry. (The Hollywood Reporter)
The rapper previously made a name for himself as a star on the kids-based show, "Degrassi."
Graham is a Canadian actor, rapper and singer. He is best known for playing Jimmy Brooks, the physically disabled character on "Degrassi: The Next Generation." As a rapper, he performs under the name Drake, and is often billed as the new version of The Fresh Prince. (Yo Drake)
Earlier this year he spoke on his past fame as a television star versus rap celebrity status.
"'Degrassi' is bigger than what I'm doing right now, it really is," he said in an interview. It's bigger than any Drake, Cudi, Wale, you know, up-and-coming rap sh*t. Like I was doing mall tours with 15,000 people [attending] where the fire marshall would come and shut the mall down 'cause there was just too many people in there. I was signing autographs for three, four hours, with a half an hour lunch break and then going back for four more hours. I've been through that crazy phase." (Vibe)
No further information has been released on the series' kick-off date.
In addition to television, Drake has been talking about his signing with Young Money as seen in the video below: