News: Drake Defends Ditching Lil Wayne's "I Am Music II" Tour

Monday, Feb 14, 2011 4:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-nominated rapper/singer Drake has come forward to address his absence from Lil Wayne's "I Am Music II" tour despite co-headliners including Young Money's Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross.

Although speculation suggests a rift between Drizzy and Weezy, the platinum-selling artist said he needed to take a break from touring.

Regardless of his plans for a romantic holiday, Drake said that he's focused on his love for the music and probably won't be added to Lil Wayne's all-star I Am Music II Tour. "I've been touring since last March so I'm just going to take time and make my album," he explained. However, the MC said that fans can expect him to make some surprise appearances on the 24-city trek. "But there's always those nights where you get that itch to go and join those legends like Nicki and Wayne and Ross onstage, so you'll see me out there, but I'm just trying to take care of the people," he confessed. (MTV)

Drake's absence made headlines after the tour became public late last month.

Lil Wayne will launch his "I Am Music II" tour in March, his first outing since being released from a brief jail sentence last year. The tour makes a stop at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 2 with special guests Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Travis Barker. One question, though: Where's Drake? It seems like since Wayne is bringing Nicki Minaj with him, it'd make sense to bring his other Young Money protege along for the ride. And it's not as if Drake is busy. (M Live)

Last week, rumors emerged claiming Drake was leaving the Young Money label.

According to a member of YOUNG MONEY, Drake would like to LEAVE the label . . . and join his friend J Cole over at Jay Z's ROC NATION label. The insider explained, "Drake likes making music with [Lil Wayne] and the rest, but he's a different dude. There's a lot of hood [ish] that goes down at Young Money, and Drake's not a hood [dude], so he wants to be away from that."MediaTakeOut.com's insider goes on, "Drake's mother is also worried . . . She doesn't want him around gangs or drugs." And it gets better. MediaTakeOut.com learned that JAY Z is pulling strings - to try and [buy] Drake's contract from Bryan "Baby" Williams - Cash Money's CEO. The insider explained, "[Jay] is playing hardball, he wants Drake and he's not trying to pay too much for him. He's moving in slowly. Right now he's working [behind the scenes] on Drake's tour. Under Drake's current deal [with Cash Money], Drake owes them records, but not tours." (Media Take Out)

However, in addition to a Drake rep's denial, he also took time to remind fans of his loyalty to Young Money.

"YMCMB for the rest of my life. Always All Days.," Drizzy tweeted Friday (February 11). (Drake's Twitter)

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