Young Money’s Drake may have to free up some time on his schedule next month as reports claim he will be absent from a “Drake Night” themed Toronto Raptors game.
According to reports, Drizzy is not expected to attend the January 11 celebration in his honor.
With the Nets–a team that used to be part-owned by, and that is still very much associated with, Jay Z–coming to town on January 11, the Raptors are, apparently, turning it into a hip hop battle by dubbing the evening “Drake Night”. And–get this–the Raptors will wear special black and gold jerseys that were inspired by Drake, the team’s “global ambassador,” when they play the team from Brooklyn whose dominant brand color, black, was selected by Jay Z. That’s about it, really, for “Drake Night”. Drake won’t be in attendance, though his DJ will perform. There will be Drake related shirts on sale, too. But hey, the Raptors (13-15) are locked in right now, and they want to take some of that Brooklyn (10-20) swagger away. (Extra Mustard)
Buzz behind the vamped up night bubbled online earlier this month.
The Toronto Raptors have come up with an interesting promotion. For their game on Jan. 11 against the Brooklyn Nets, they will host “Drake Night” at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto will give out Drake t-shirts and Future The Prince–Drake’s official disc jockey–will provide the halftime entertainment, via @steven_lebron. You might remember that the Raptors and Drake formed a partnership earlier this year, via the Toronto Sun’s Cathal Kelly. The rapper will serve as a consultant to the team and help rebrand the franchise. (Bleacher Report)
Over the fall, the Raptors’ new global ambassador dished on his love for the region and what he brought to the table.
In a dramatic new commercial, Drake sets out to prove his worth as the Raptors’ new global ambassador. The brief clip features the Toronto native as he preaches to the camera about creativity, the game of basketball and drawing inspiration from his home town.”In everything I do, I try to channel this city,” Drake says, to a score of moody strings and piano. “I always feel like an album is finished when it sounds like Toronto.” (Rolling Stone)
The Toronto native also recalled some iconic ex-Raptors stars he loved watching as a kid.
The rest of the commercial is filled with equally quotable lines, as the rapper discusses his passion for Ontario and the power it holds over his life and career. “I have the option to live anywhere I want,” he says. “I always end up coming back home, no matter what.” He also discusses his love of the Raptors brand and watching NBA stars Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady. “It’s a franchise that I’m so excited to be involved in,” he says. “Because it is a staple in my childhood.” (Rolling Stone)
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