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Drake – Obey Your Thirst (Episode 1)

Drake is a superstar—the only guy who could dethrone Taylor Swift on the charts with a mixtape. In a rare interview, he spoke with The FADER.

Coming up in Toronto, people told Drake to move to New York if he was serious about making it. Instead, he stayed where he was and made history by proving that if you’re a truly multi-layered artist, you can make it from anywhere. “Do it the way I did it,” he says in the above Obey Your Thirst documentary. “Do it from where you’re at. If you have the music, that’s all it takes.”

Now, at the top of his game, Drake says he competes not with established legends or other top-sellers, but with the countless kids itching to take his spot.

Now that hip-hop’s playing field is more open than ever before, Drake knows
there are countless kids itching to take his spot. Those up-and-comers are now his competition, not any established rapper. “That’s how I try to keep pushing this forward,” he says. “Just to let that kid know that I’m not done yet.” Watch the full documentary above, and stay tuned for three more by Sprite and The FADER, sharing the stories of Nas, Vince Staples, and Isaiah Rashad.


Comparing Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Big Sean’s 2015 First Week Numbers

The numbers are in, and Kendrick Lamar officially has his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 charts. Even with a few hiccups in the release of Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly, the album still had an impressive first week of sales, with 324,000 actual albums sold, and 363,000 if you include streams.

This was easily the highest selling album of the week, and obviously Kendrick’s biggest first week of his career. In 2012, Kendrick debuted at No. 2 on the charts with good kid, m.A.A.d. city selling 242,000 copies in the first week of release. 2015 is already off to a great start in terms of hip-hop sales, with Kendrick becoming the third rapper to hit the No. 1 spot this year, following Drake and Big Sean. Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly album can be purchased on iTunes here. As a bonus, check out a vlog from TDE that follows Kendrick around following the release of the album.


While Rich Gang stopped by Hot 97, Funkmaster Flex decided to ask Birdman the details behind the Cash Money label mates Drake and Tyga’s beef.

Drake’s Air Ball At Kentucky

Lil Wayne On Lakers Expectations, Raptors’ Fine

Lil Wayne joins First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless to discuss the expectations for the Lakers, the Raptors being fined $25,000 for comments by Drake about Kevin Durant and more.

Drake Pregame News Conference

As Global Ambassador of the Toronto Raptors Drake speaks with media at the Raptors game vs. the Nets, aka “Drake Night” at Air Canada Centre. In the press conference he is asked about his influence on Jermain Defoe moving from Tottenham Hotspur to Toronto FC.

Drake & Kanye West Bromance Hits New Heights

Not only did Drake attend Kanye’s ‘Yeezus‘ show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON, but they both appeared on stage together at the Hoxton nightclub in Toronto afterwards. The clip shows Kanye hanging on the ceiling over fans during ‘Blood On The Leaves’ and Drake performing ‘Worst Behavior’ with Ye on stage singing along.

Drake Pairs With Air Jordan & Kanye West Switches To Adidas

Drake joins the Nike family and releases pics of his OVO Air Jordans. And Adidas confirms deal with Kanye West.

Drake On Q

We are proud to present an hour-long, Canadian broadcast exclusive interview with hip-hop superstar, Drake. The critically acclaimed emcee joins Jian to talk about growing up in Toronto, what he wants to achieve with his music, and what kind of legacy he hopes to leave behind.

“I’m So Sick Of People Saying That I’m Lonely & Emotional”

Drake Vs Future In Huge New Rap Beef

Drake has kicked Future off his ‘Would You Like A Tour’ tour and Future is now allegedly suing Drake for $1.5 million. Is Drake becoming too sensitive?