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Drake lands Billboard Magazine cover story for May 29th issue [News]

Toronto, ON – Congratulations to Drake for locking the Billboard Magazine cover story for their May 29, 2010 issue. Drake takes the cover spot just weeks before the release of his official album debut Thank Me Later which Billboard has labelled “the most anticipated hip-hop album in years”. Shout-out to K’naan for also being featured in the magazine for his incredibly huge single, “Wavin’ Flag” and the connection to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Billboard Magazine has published the Drake interview online.

Click the jump to read the Drake Billboard Magazine cover story.

Drake takes the Billboard Magazine May 2010 issue

Here is an excerpt from the Billboard Magazine interview. The link to the full interview is below.

“Thank Me Later” will feature production from West, No I.D., Boi-1da, Noah “40” Shebib, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and Francis & the Lights frontman Francis Farewell Starlite-whose band opened up for Drake on his Campus Consciousness/Away From Home college tour alongside Canadian rapper K-OS. Collaborators on the set include West, Wayne, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, the-Dream and T.I.

First single “Over” peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Rap chart, No. 4 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 14 on the Hot 100. Second single “Find Your Love” was recently released alongside an accompanying video shot in Jamaica by director Anthony Mandler and starring dancehall artist Mavado.

Other tracks include “Shut It Down,” an empowerment song for the ladies; the intro “Fireworks”; “The Resistance”; and the leaked track “Miss Me,” featuring Lil Wayne, which Al Branch, GM of Hip-Hop Since 1978-Drake’s management company-assures will be the next single. (“Wayne shot his part [of the video] and Drake’s shooting his in a couple of weeks,” he says.)

While Drake’s getting co-signs from the likes of Jay-Z, sharing verses with Eminem and being romantically linked to Rihanna, it’s his wholesome, unassuming and almost average depiction of life through music that already has him touted as the next big thing; even before releasing an official album, he’d garnered two Grammy Award nominations and two Juno Awards. Drake is often mentioned in the same category as the company he now keeps.

The accolades flatter Drake, but he still feels he isn’t quite there-yet. “That’s the most flattering thing in the world but at the same time, real, legendary status can’t be dictated by the people who are still here witnessing it,” he says. “Legendary status is when the next generation comes up. The kids that are 15 right now and will be going to college in five or six years-if they say, ‘Yo, I remember when Drake came to this school. That’s one of the most legendary shows ever,’ that’s when you’re a legend. I’m young. I’m 23. This is too soon. I really want to grow and be that guy.”

Read the full interview

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