News: Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne & Kanye West's "Forever" Music Vid Premieres [Video]

Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 11:05AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The highly-anticipated release of Drake's "Forever" music video, which features Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem, has landed online and includes cameos by NBA All-Star LeBron James and Slaughterhouse.

Initially slated to debut on BET's "106 & Park," the music video began to spread online shortly afterward Tuesday (September 22) evening.

Opening up with LeBron James rocking a pair of shades and beginning a computer Poker application, Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne and Kanye West appear throughout various snap shots. Drizzy starts the track off with a hoody and switching between two scenes flashing at the same time. There are also quick instances of LeBron James footage as a child showing his growth to a superstar. Yeezy enters the video to sparkling flickers of fire with a vest jacket and shades spitting his bars. As Wayne's scene approaches, James has reached his high school success. Wayne, decked with ice in his teeth and black shades, is surrounded by females on a couch with brief instances of fire shots. Wrapping everything up are shots of James as a Cleveland Cavalier with Eminem giving his rap. Surrounded with his own entourage which includes Slaughterhouse, Em spits flares of lyricism in a dark empty area. ("Forever")

James recently revealed how he was able to scoop the foursome for "Forever" which coincides with his new documentary and soundtrack, More Than A Game.

"I got some good friends that manage Drake, Ye and Wayne," James said during a press conference. "So through a mutual friend and we got an agreeance we thought it would be great if they could do a song for us for the soundtrack...Jimmy Iovine from Interscope of course had a huge part, Polow Da Don did a lot of things for the soundtrack. The soundtrack is great, I'm looking forward to it also being an intricate part of the whole movie and everything." (Rap Radar)

"Forever" producer Boi-1da recently spoke on his reception of the star-studded track.

"It was originally supposed to be a song that Drake was supposed to come out to, maybe we were trying to make it like a first single," he explained in an interview. "Somehow it got leaked out onto the Internet, a version with him, Wayne and some dude named [Nut da] Kid and everybody was upset about it or whatever, but we knew that it was just a huge record and we had to do it justice...Honestly I'm gonna have to be biased and say Drake [had the best verse.] Really it's between Drake and Eminem. I've never seen anybody hold up on a song with Eminem, like usually Eminem blows out. Drake's my dude, and he's my favorite rapper, but knowing Eminem I thought he was gonna blow by everybody, but Drake came strong. It's like a toss up. And like that's never been done before, I never heard a toss up between Eminem, it's always just Eminem cause he's a monster." (XXLMag)

Drizzy previously weighed in on who he felt made a strong impact on the collaboration.

"Everybody does their thing on that song," Drake told DJ Drama last month over the Hot 107.9 airwaves in Atlanta. "My favorite line on the song, though, is when Wayne says, 'Life is such a roller coaster and then it drops/ but what should I scream for, this is my theme park.' That right there, word-play-wise, that's my favorite. But everybody does their thing. Kanye does Kanye. Eminem raps in a way where nobody might have heard him rap in a long time and says some things that are great for his fans to hear. I'm just proud to even be on the record. People are telling me they like my verse. I'm just happy I held my own." (MTV)

Check out the "Forever" music video below:

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