News: Drake Links Up W/ Big Papa, Hints At Possible Collabo [Video]
Monday, Apr 30, 2012 11:15AM
Young Money star Drake could very well be falling into the same shoes as Nas and Common by hinting at plans of possibly hooking up with his father for a musical collaboration.
While nothing has been penciled in yet, Drizzy gave paparazzi something to run with over the weekend.
Drake's father knew his son was going to be a star from an early age. TMZ caught up with Dennis Graham as he and his rapping offspring were leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills last night. Graham, who was the drummer for rock star Jerry Lee Lewis, taught Drake how to play piano as a baby and played music for him while he was still in his mother's womb. "He felt it. He really felt it," said the proud pops, who spoke about Drizzy's wild days in the Young People's Theater. A camera shy Drake, who was seated in the car, was asked if he and his father would be doing a duet, to which he responded, "Yeah, it's possible." (Rap-Up)
Last fall, Dennis Graham talked about Drizzy's love for his Memphis hometown.
"I use to hold him in my lap and I use to hold him in my office while I played the piano, so this is how it got started. That's why his metaphors are so phenomenal now because he's been in Memphis. He considers Memphis home more than Toronto." (WMCTV)
Drake is known for mentioning his father in raps, most notably on 2009's "The Calm."
Graham and the rapper's mother split while the MC was still young. Drake has often rapped about his complex relationship with his dad in songs. On 2009's "The Calm" from his breakout So Far Gone mixtape Drizzy spits, "Hopin' Western Union do a currency exchange/ 'Cause my dad called, it got me feelin' guilty and ashamed/ Like how I got a Rolls and I went and got a Range/ And he payin' for his cigarettes with dollars and some change/ And I can only feel his pain, ''cause in Memphis, Tennessee there's only so much to obtain." (RapFix)
Outside of family talk, Drizzy's latest solo album has continued to push units off store shelves.
Young Money star Drake's Take Care returned to the Top 20 moving up nine slots to No. 20 with 15,800. With 23 weeks knocked out, the Canadian-bred rapper's sophomore LP has sold 1,699,200 pieces. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out Drake and his father below: