News: Diddy Takes Drake Under His Wing, Reportedly Recording New Music Together
Monday, Aug 24, 2009 3:30PM
Diddy has reportedly become the latest artist to follow Lil Wayne and Jay-Z's blueprint by linking with rap newcomer Drake to record new music.
While details are sketchy, the duo were reportedly together in a recording studio.
The producer took the "Degrassi" grad under his wings for a recording session. And that's a rap! As far as initiations go, hanging out with Diddy in Toronto the other night must have been right up there for Drake, Canada's (and hip hop's) Next Big Thing. There they were at Sotto Sotto. There, again, at Century Room. There, too, in the recording studio above Tattoo Rock Parlour, on Queen, where the Gatsbyish Diddy was said to be recording with the Toronto singer, and where the impressario was seen coming down the common stair well, posing like a pro for pics and jetting off just as fast in his SUV chariot. (National Post)
Aside from collaborating with rap stars, the Canada-based emcee has recently received praise from Nas.
"[I'm listening to] Drake and always Scarface," Nas revealed in an interview earlier this summer. "Drake is new. He's here to show anybody who questions him that he'll get at you. He's like fresh water right now on dry land. Scarface is the realist rapper. He's the most musically serious, besides Kanye [West], right now. What Scarface says in his rhymes is real. You can't get away from [Lil] Wayne right now. So that's what I'm listening to. I'm waiting on Dr. Dre's album." (Omaha World-Herald)
Before announcing his record deal through Young Money, Drizzy also caught the attention of 50 Cent.
"I don't think you can accomplish that right now," Fif said in an interview about comparing his early buzz to the rapper. "Not without finance. I hear his record on the radio. He got a good buzz, I hear him. Sh*t, it wasn't possible for my music to be on the radio when I was coming. You know mine's was completely organic Like when you hear a song on the radio, it means it's being worked. Ain't nothing there 'just because.' Enough for it to be playing every hour on the hour. That song is being worked like he's on the label. I'm sure Syliva Rhone or Universal, they're spending money to get the record played so the public is feeling like it's just happening. He might not be signed yet, but they might work it to get him to sign. Is it worth signing until you develop that?" (XXLMag)
Diddy recently spoke on his upcoming Last Train to Paris album and said the project's delay is in part due to the forthcoming Jay-Z and Drake albums.
"We just vibin' and making music, having a good time," he said in an interview. "The album is gonna be something different for me, and I don't have to support it by myself...The train is coming...It's coming, it's coming. Right now, it's like Jay-Z time and Drake time. Enjoy those guys. But the train is coming. Get your ticket. You don't want to be left out." (MTV)
Check out this clip of Drake speaking with Jamie Foxx & Queen Latifah below: