News: Drake's Label Woes Exposed, "[Motown Prez Wants] Credit For Anything Involving Him"
Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 10:30AM
Drake's publicized issues with Universal Motown have come to light recently and sources claim the rapper may still be controlled by the label's president, Sylvia Rhone.
Despite signing directly through his management, Drizzy may be forced to accept distribution of his upcoming debut album through Motown.
Reps at Motown are requesting all Drake Billboard chart entries be credited to Motown and not Republic moving forward -- a change that will be reflected in this week's charts. A source close to Drake says the rapper is signed to Republic, but that Motown will distribute the album, alleging that Motown -- specifically Rhone -- wants to take "credit for anything involving Drake." But a source at Universal says it seems as if Drake's deal with Republic was never finalized before Drake and his camp started confirming it to the media, and that the move to Motown was made last minute. Motown may get first dibs on any artist signed to Young Money and Cash Money regardless of the artist's preference. (Billboard)
Drizzy hinted at his Motown concerns in the new issue of The Fader Magazine.
"I went through Universal Republic because I don't f*ck with Motown," he explained to the magazine. "At all." Drake has spoken out about his personal beef with Sylvia Rhone the president of Motown Records and the executive vice president of Universal Records -- the parent label to mentor Lil Wayne's Young Money imprint - on record before. On 'Say What's Real,' a track from his critically-acclaimed mixtape So Far Gone he spit: "I've always been something that these labels can't buy/especially if they trying to take a piece of my soul/and Sylvia be telling Tez/D*mn, Drake fly/and he just be like, 'silly motherf*cka I know'" (The Fader)
Aside from his Thank Me Later debut, the rapper is reportedly considering future projects outside of music.
"I want to drop this album, then another, and then take a break to do film and study culinary arts," he tells Rolling Stone in the magazine's current issue. Once he masters his skill, the aspiring chef plans to put it to good use. "Then I'm gonna open a restaurant in Toronto. Hopefully my name will hold more weight by then." He should have no problem as he has quickly become the most-buzzed-about hip-hop act of the year. (Rap Up)
He recently made headlines after being named one of the producers for an upcoming television series.
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. Mazin Eisadig ("The Line") is set to star in "Us and Them," a sitcom about best buddies -- and polar opposites -- trying to make their way in the entertainment industry. Information on when the show will begin production has not been announced. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Check out a recent Drake interview below: