News: Drake Ready To Hit Every City In The US, "Away From Home Tour" Announced
Monday, Feb 8, 2010 3:10PM
Young Money's Drake is reportedly packing his bags and hitting the road this spring to embark on his own 25-city "Away From Home Tour."
According to reports, the nationwide trek will begin in April.
Titled the "The Away From Home Tour," Drizzy plans on making stops at Penn State, Michigan State University, West Virginia University, University of Central Florida and the University of Kentucky among other schools. He will also be performing at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The Grammy-nominated artist will be taking fellow Canadian-bred MC K-OS with him on the road as well as synth pop band Francis and The Lights. "Away from Home" is part of 5th Annual Campus Consciousness Tour, produced by Pretty Polly Productions and non-profit environmental organization Reverb.The tour will kick off on April 5 and run until May 8. Fans can visit prettypolly.com for more info and a full list of tour dates. (XXL Mag)
He will also be hitting the stage at this year's Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey.
Drake and Ke$ha are the latest artists added to the Bamboozle Festival roster, joining MGMT, Paramore, Mike Posner and Weezer. Drake will be performing right before Paramore on May 1 and Ke$ha on both May 1 and 2. (AZ Central)
Drake recently spoke on wanting to bring his Toronto, Canada hometown more spotlight.
"Toronto is the biggest inspiration behind my music," he said in an interview. "I do everything I do for Toronto. It's a city I really believe in. It's got a bunch of great people. We got a lot of undiscovered things in Toronto, man: women, nightlife, restaurants, clubs and talent. Women, first. I just wanna bring the city to the forefront. I feel like every place needs an ambassador. They need somebody to show the rest of the world how magical that place can be. I think Jay[-Z] does it for New York, a lot of people do it for Atlanta, Kanye did it for Chicago. A lot of rappers take it upon themselves. So I just really wanna be that guy for Toronto." (Canadian Press)
Although known for making hit rap records, Drake recently spoke on his R&B skills.
"With R&B, I know my sound. I know I make records to f*ck to," he explained in an interview. "The way Jay and Wayne write rap, I write R&B. I don't write lyrics down on paper. The other day, I was in the studio with Alicia Keys, and I wrote two songs just speaking to her. I wish I could write that way for rap. With my rap songs, there's so much of me I have to give that I don't know if I could ever just flow. The thing is, I'm a great rapper. There's two elements to rap: having the thoughts, and then being a great rapper. I can really rap the sh*t that I write. My tone, my inflection. When I listen to myself on records, I don't feel like I don't belong there. When I listen to 'Forever,' with three of my heroes, I fit right in." (Complex)
Check out a past Drake live performance down below: