News: Drake Recalls Getting Shook In The Big Apple, "It Was A Lot Of Nerves"

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 9:54AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money's Drake has reflected on becoming an instant star back in 2009 when he performed at iconic New York City venue S.O.B.'s for the first time and how nerve-racking the experience was.

Despite coming into the rap game alongside mentor Lil Wayne, Drizzy said his first taste of the New York City spotlight had him on his toes.

With S.O.B.'s set to celebrate its 30-year anniversary at SXSW tonight (March 14), Drizzy Drake spoke to about his first show at the historic venue. "When I was at S.O.B.'s, it was a lot of nerves," Drake told XXL. "I was nervous. Not only that, but it just had so much pressure behind the show. Not only that, but I had no band. I had no sense of what makes a great performance." (XXL Mag)

Since the S.O.B.'s show, Drizzy said he has only perfected his on-stage confidence.

Though the Young Money MC's set was a bit unpolished, it clearly showed promise. He's come a long way since then--going on several tours and performing in a number of award shows. "Being able to watch Wayne for the last couple of years, then going out with Jay to Europe, watching Trey [Songz] grow, watching just the people around me grow performance-wise, I've gotten better and more comfortable," Drake explained. "That's the key. You feeling comfortable so the room feels comfortable." (XXL Mag)

Back in May 2009, Drizzy's first S.O.B.'s show drew in mainstream attendance ranging from rap star Kanye West to UGK's Bun B.

Instead of having to prove himself to the crowd, as others in the monthly radio-sponsored showcase have done, the still unsigned -- although probably not for long -- artist powered through selections in front of an audience that featured heavyweights like Kanye West, Bun B, Talib Kweli, Ryan Leslie, Eminem tour DJ/producer Alchemist and executives from multiple record companies. (MTV)

The performance came at a time when Drizzy was unsigned despite an association to Weezy's Young Money team.

If there was a time in hip-hop before Drake, it's tough to remember. On rap Web sites, which abhor a vacuum, seemingly every move he's made in recent months has been captured and archived in what has amounted to, essentially, a Drake lifecast: video footage and photographs of concerts, audio clips of radio interviews, endless personal and professional gossip and, oh, new songs to go with the two, "Best I Ever Had" and "Every Girl," that have already become hits, before this Toronto rapper has even signed a recording contract. A savior was being built, one blog post at a time. (New York Times)

Check out Drake's first S.O.B.'s performance below:

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