Weeks after rumors of a Drake-to-Roc Nation power move flooded the Internet, the Young Money superstar has proclaimed his loyalty to the company Cash Money Records’ Birdman built.
During this past weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities, Drizzy silenced beef rumors once and for all at Birdman’s birthday bash in Houston, Texas.
“I want to say happy birthday to the man that made it all possible,” Drake said at Birdman’s birthday bash during NBA All-Star Weekend 2013. “I got to tell you, tonight, it was an amazing All-Star Weekend — I just want to say that as I’m standing in front of you tonight as a man that’s about to be with Young Money, Cash Money for — I don’t know how many albums, I play for my team and I’m just happy to say that sh*t. … Toast to the Birdman tonight, happy birthday.” (“Derick G”)
Last month, a Young Money insider addressed rumors of Drake’s contract possibly being sold to rap mogul Jay-Z.
Earlier this morning, there was a report by MediaTakeOut.com that stated Drake would be possibly moving to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. Roc Nation and Cash Money/Young Money Records were reportedly working out a $50 million deal for the rights of Drake, which most likely includes his OVO brand, music and more. XXL contacted a source close to the situation that tells us that the rumor is simply not true. It is uncharacteristic of YMCMB to drop, sell and trade an artist as renowned as Drake. Stay tuned for more details as they develop. (XXL Mag)
Rumors of a mega deal heated up the Internet in late January.
January 25, 2013: MediaTakeout.com just got word this morning that Young Money and Roc Nation are working FEVERISHLY to close a deal whereby Drake would be SOLD to Jay Z’s label. The deal is NOT YET complete and there are still a few obstacles to making it work. But MediaTakeOut.com learned that the deal would involve Young Money receiving close to $50 MILLION for the rights to Drake. Developing . . . (Media Take Out)
No stranger to the rumors, Drizzy previously lashed out at Young Money rift gossip at a 2011 concert.
“I’ll tell you, if you ever wake up in the morning and you think Young Money ain’t my team, you out of your motherf*cking mind,” Drake told a crowd of screaming fans. “I’ll tell you that right now. My brother Lil Wayne is all the way in Australia right now but I got my camera on in the back and I just want to let him know how much love me and Hartford got for him, so if you got love for Lil Wayne, make some noise.” (YouTube)
Check out Drake proclaiming his YMCMB loyalty: