News: Drake Takes Advantage Of Missing Lil Wayne Tour, "I Finally Made Peace W/ My City"
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009 12:30PM
Drake recently explained how the on-stage injury he receivef while performing with alongside Lil Wayne allowed him to re-connect with his Canadian fan base.
Despite his mainstream popularity, Drizzy said he felt it was necessary to remind his hometown fans that he still represents them.
"[This is] giving me a chance to come home," Drake said in an interview. "With the series of events that have happened since I've been home, I've finally got my first place in Toronto by myself, which has been an amazing experience. I've gotten to see a lot of friends. We did that Toronto show. We had an amazing night -- That and the music I started making. I finally made peace with my city. And that was important for me to start this album, because I didn't feel peace here. I was starting to come home and feel like everybody was staring at me weird. I was starting to feel a little paranoid. A couple things will happen, people will try to check on you. And you just get to the point where it's like, 'I don't feel comfortable at home.' That's a bad thing, especially when Toronto inspires so much of the music that I make." (MTV)
The rapper recently announced the date for his upcoming knee surgery via a Twitter message.
"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)
After informing fans of his well-being via Twitter hours after his collapse in Philadelphia, Drizzy later wrote a personal message in his blog.
"This bottle of Opus One is low but my spirits are high my friends," Drake wrote. "I am about 2 hours away from Toronto, CA where I will be spending the next chunk of time recovering from a surgery that I now must have. I embarked on this tour with a torn ACL, MCL, and LCL and due to the events that happened the other night lord only knows what other damage I have done. On the bright side I will begin the reflecting and soul searching that its going to take to make this album and my outfit on the night I fell was crack. I will forever push myself beyond the limits despite advice and recommendations given because even with this new found success I am still the kid who wanted this more than anything in the world." (October's Very Own)
While not fully re-joining the tour, Drake appeared on-stage during one of the Canada shows earlier this month.
"Look, I wanna say one thing," Drizzy told the crowd. "Before every show I've ever seen this man do, the greatest entertainer I'll ever witness. Make some noise for Lil Wayne. Now listen up, before every show he does, he tells the crowd to make some noise for what they've created. My man, I just wanna shake your hand for what you do..." (YouTube)
Check out Drake's Canada appearance on the Young Money tour below: