Female Appreciation: Rihanna Love!

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As most of you know, Rihanna is a global brand ambassador and Creative Director for Puma.  This proves that the songstress isn’t just pushing her vocals, but she’s powerfully building her resume and I just have to show her some love.
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Drake Addresses His Frustration in This Humble Apology!

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I published a post yesterday about my booski, Drake (I’m still trying to remain impartial even though he’s my dream guy).  Just like I knew he would, he addressed his angry reaction toward Rolling Stone by issuing an apology to anyone that took his comments personally.  More celebrities should humble themselves enough and admit their wrongs, especially when the circumstances are of such a sensitive nature.  I don’t like negative press per say; I write about MY perspective and just like I can highlight the not-so-pretty, I strongly believe in highlighting the positive side of the coin as well.  Here is what Drake had to say:

With today being the 5th anniversary of So Far Gone I figured it’s fitting to return to it’s place of its origin in order to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed.

The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment. I am still the same person.

Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it’s your day to be picked apart. After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment.

I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.

Sincerely,

The Boy

Source: Rolling Stone

Source: Rolling Stone

Did Drake Go Too Far During His Latest Rant?

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All of you know that I am a die-hard Drake fan and secretly believe that we will get married one day or at least have a very hot and steamy love affair.  However, putting my personal feelings aside, his latest rant not only gives off an heir of Kanye West-like behavior, but it seems a little misplaced and ill-timed.  Drake was slated to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, but the untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman put those plans on hold, as the magazine paid homage to the late actor in their latest issue by giving him the cover.  Of course, Drake is entitled to feel “some type of way,” but come on; let’s at least be classy about our venting sessions.  The great rapper has also been accused of slamming Kanye West (how ironic) during his interview by calling some of his music “questionable”.

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In true celebrity fashion, Drake hit the Tweet button and expressed his emotions by sending messages out for the world to read.  His tweets went something like this… “I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone.  They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue…I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil…I’m done doing interviews for magazines. I just want to give my music to the people. That’s the only way my message gets across accurately.”

Source: NY Daily News

Source: NY Daily News

Drake was on a roll I guess because he also addressed the infamous Macklemore text that was sent to Kendrick Lamar after he was snubbed at the Grammy’s.  Drake stated, “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message?  Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better – make better music…’ It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?…To name just Kendrick? That sh*t made me feel funny.  No, in that case, you robbed everybody.  We all need text messages!”

It will be interesting to see the unraveling that takes place after his interview is addressed by all parties involved or those effected by his words.  I can’t fault him for being honest, but I do believe that he could have used better judgement in bringing Hoffman into the rant.

Drake Surprises Strawberry Mansion Students in Philadelphia!

Source: ABC News

Source: ABC News

As some of my readers know, I grew up in Philly and know just how rough it can be, especially for the youth.  National news has reported about the Philadelphia School District and its struggling financial status.  Kevin Hart recently donated $250,000 to buy new computers for students and now Drake has jumped on board.  What has once felt like a forgotten city, is now the recipient of some huge donations; people actually do care.  ABC News did a report (click here) on a well-known Philadelphia school, Strawberry Mansion, and it inspired rap star, Drake.  Diane Sawyer highlighted the grim financial state of the school that can barely afford school uniforms, but is trying to be known for something more than its violence.

Drake saw the report and said, “I was so heavily effected that I started questioning major aspects of my life.”  He surprised Strawberry Mansion students and faculty with the announcement that he is building a recording studio.  Knowing how some of the city’s schools struggle, it means a lot to see such big names in the industry taking notice.  Not many celebrities look students in their eyes and say, “This is about you, this is about your school, this is about your principal!”  Take a look at how Drake surprises students:

Drake Gives “Nothing Was The Same” Release Date and Drops New Songs!

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Drake’s junior album, Nothing Was The Same, is slated for release on September 17, 2013.  His loyalty has always been to his fans and for them, he dropped 4 new songs from the upcoming album.  Enjoy and listen below!