News: Drake Inks Personal Message To Fans, "There Are People That Buy, Sell & Trade Evil On A Daily Basis"
Thursday, Aug 20, 2009 10:35PM
Drake has written a personal message to his fans based on the responsibilities, he feels, which come with being "famous" and he addressed the real reasons behind his upcoming So Far Gone re-release.
Reflecting on his career up until now, as a signed member of Lil Wayne's Young Money record label, Drizzy envisioned what he hoped future icons would be able to embody.
"People often ask me the craziest part about becoming 'famous' and I've never had an answer until yesterday," he wrote Thursday (August 20). "'You'll spend half of your time defending yourself and the other half trying to stay sane resulting in you being forced to find time to be creative.' I often wonder in a time where new artists exist in a impersonal cyber world of instantaneous information, if we will ever have another rap legend that can manage to maintain the image that our idols had prior to this method of promotion. I am not suggesting that this person should be me, I am just urging a generation to understand that in order to have anyone of any significance in our lives that we can look up to there will be things that we must look past. There are people that buy sell and trade evil on a daily basis...when u believe in their brand is when they win...I also want people to know that I am only releasing this EP so that everyone involved in the project can hold a physical copy of the CD in their hands and see it in the store. And for anybody else who feels that So Far Gone marked a moment in time I just wanted to give you the option to have the disc. If you got it for free and want to keep it that way than by all means I urge you too. That was a gift from me to you...Thank Me Later." (October's Very Own)
His upcoming retail mixtape will be downsized from 17 cuts to 7 which will cut off original collaborations with Omarion and Lloyd.
Tracklisting: 1. "Houstatlantavegas" 2. "Successful" featuring Trey Songz & Lil Wayne 3. "Best I Ever Had" 4. "Uptown" featuring Bun B & Lil Wayne 5. "I'm Goin' In" featuring Lil Wayne 6. "The Calm" 7. "Fear" (2DopeBoyz)
Drake announced plans to re-release his So Far Gone mixtape earlier this month and said there would be an unreleased track which will help transition fans to his upcoming debut.
"I did this song that no one has ever heard before, ever," he revealed in an interview. "[It's] a song called 'Fear.' I recorded it when I did So Far Gone -- the first verse and half of the second verse I had gotten through. But then I just stopped because it was getting eerie. It was getting where I didn't know if I could [finish it]. And then the other night I had a moment and I finished the song. That's gonna be the last song on the retail [version of] So Far Gone. And the third verse transitions into Thank Me Later. So the last line of the third verse is gonna be the first line on my album." (MTV)
Aside from the re-release, the rapper is also working on the debut and recently announced his upcoming knee surgery date which was a result of collapsing on-stage late last month during a Philadelphia performance.
"In the studio...," he wrote Monday (August 17) morning. "working on Thank Me Later...magic...surgery September 8th! Then we're back in business" (Drake's Twitter)
Check out Drake speaking on Lil Wayne's influence below: