News: Drake "Lights Up" His Favorite Homegrown Classics
Monday, Oct 18, 2010 1:35PM
Young Money breakout star Drake has allowed fans a closer glimpse into his personal life by revealing his favorite Toronto-based records from the 1990's.
Via his blog, Drake spoke on his enthusiasm for Canadian hip-hop, singling out tracks such as Ghetto Concept's "E-Z On The Motion" and Saukrates' "Hate Runs Deep."
I Love My City: Theres alot of people, and music, that shaped me when I was young. Its amazing to realize that so much of it was from home. There was always something special about hip-hop coming out of this city, I'm just honored to be a part of it. These are just a few of my favorite Toronto classics. Ghetto Cocept's "E-Z On The Motion." Saukrates featuring Marvel's "Hate Runs Deep." Point Blank's "Life/Thinline." Citizen Kane's "Raisin' Kane." (October's Very Own)
Earlier this year, Drake stressed the importance of representing for his hometown.
"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)
In August, Drake displayed his love for Toronto by bringing out Jay-Z and Eminem at one of his shows.
The loudest cheers of the night by far, as Eminem joined Drake on stage for his verse on "Forever." Slim Shady kicked the rapid fire flow, decked out in all black everything. He disappeared as quickly as he arrived. But Toronto showed their appreciation for every second Em was on stage. Things are heating up. There's another surprise up next. Just when things couldn't climb another decibel, Drake takes it up one more level (on top of nose bleeds, as J.Cole would say) by bringing out Brooklyn's finest. Jay-Z joined the Toronto upstart on stage for "Run this Town." (MTV)
Since its June release, Drake's debut album has remained on the sales charts.
Young Money rapper Drake's Thank Me Later received a five-slot boost to No. 33 with 12,400. With 17 weeks in the books, the rapper's debut album stands at 1,112,100 sold copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out a recent Drake interview down below: