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Internationally acclaimed rapper Drake hasn’t been around forever. In fact, his stint in the music business (on a mainstream level) has been just over two years. That hasn’t stopped critics from calling him a legend, and a groundbreaking artist who is moving the genre of hip-hop into a whole new realm.
His new album, “Take Care”, leaked onto the internet prior to its release date last month, but that didn’t bother him too much. The album still went on to sell an impressive 659 000 copies in its first week, making this his second number one album. So when local fans found out the Headline rapper would be heading toSouth Africafor one performance, the tickets became little goldmines.
The star, signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment, jetted at the weekend, where he performed at the Castle Lite Feel the Beat of the Sub Zero Experience party. He was supported by a strong lineup of local artists including beat boxer George Avakian and DJs Naves and Sphectacular . Channel O MVA nominee Khuli Chana put on a fantastic performance too and the 4000 revelers also got a surprise when Morafe joined Chana on stage.
After patiently waiting, fans finally got to see the man of the moment. The Canadian-born star asked that “Joburg show me a … good time”, to which he launched into the hit single. There was a problem with the sound, which hampered his performance slightly, but that didn’t deter him from rocking the stage once it was all sorted out. There were rumors that his mentor Lil Wayne was at Gallagher Estate and those rumors quickly turned into murmurs that “Wheezy would be performing a track or two with Drake”, but that was not meant to be.
All in all Drizzy lit up the stage and blew those lucky enough to see him away.
With the crowd reciting his lyrics back to him, word for word, the star seemed humbled by the response to him visiting the country for the first time. There’s no doubt he’ll be back in the next few years.
American superstar Lil Wayne has rocked the South African chapter of his “I AM STILL MUSIC” tour and gone. And boy were the concerts a huge success, with hoards of fans from all overAfricacoming out to play with the bad boy, Lil Tunechi. Rick Ross and the YMCMB crew held it down and had the crowd mesmerized to the barking (huh) of the Rozay. But it was the prince of hip-hop, Drake’s appearance during Lil Wayne’s performance that got the whole house in a ruckus in Joburg on Saturday night. History was definitely made when according to Drizzy and Weezy: ‘the World’s Greatest Rapper and the Greatest rapper alive’ shared the mic on three tracks on South African soil.
It would be safe to say, the rapper Lil Wayne had a great time, he confessed to Friday night’s crowd in Joburg that: “I wish I could restart my time here in South Africa”.
The phenomenal response by fans to the announcement that hip-hops biggest selling artist ever, Lil Wayne will perform on African soil for the very first time has created hype and excitement across the country. To accommodate the unprecedented demand for tickets, “Canoc Productions”, promoters of the South African leg of the Lil Wayne worldwide “I Am Still Music Tour” and media partner, “Channel O” today announced an extra 2000 tickets are available for the show at the Coca Cola Dome, Johannesburg on Friday, 9 December 2011. Booking at “Computicket” is open.
Big news from “Canoc Productions” and “Channel O” is their second announcement that six-foot-two, 300-pound Rick Ross – a “hip-hop heavyweight,” as described by the New York Times – will be joining Lil Wayne aka “Weezy F Baby” as the supporting act for the Johannesburg concert only.
Continuing their sensational line-up of firsts “Canoc Productions” and “Channel O” are proud to host from the “Young Money Entertainment stable”, Corey Gunz, Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine (Young Moneys President and life-long friend of Lil Wayne), Shannel, T-Streets and Jae Millz will tour with Lil Wayne, performing at the Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town on Wednesday, 7th December followed by the concert at the Coca Cola Dome, on Friday, 9th and ending at the Wavehouse in Durban on 11th December 2011
Cape Town: Bellville Velodrome, Wednesday, 7 December 2011, 20h00
Ticket prices: R350, R600
Johannesburg: Coca-Cola Dome, Friday, 9 December 2011, 20h00
Ticket prices: R400, R600, R750
Durban: Wavehouse, Sunday, 11 December, 20h00
Ticket prices: R400 and R750
Tickets available from Computicket, www.computicket.com, 0861 915 8000
Wait, what, im confused. In the Japanese language when answering the phone, you do not say “Hello” but rather “Moshi Moshi”, you may also use “Moshi Moshi” to grab someone’s attention. Now besides the quick Japanese lesson, I would like to show you our gadget of the day.
“Moshi Moshi” is a retro style telephone, but for use with your mobile devise. Im sure you have seen something like this before and yes, it does the same thing as a home phone but for your cell phone. The difference is that “Moshi Moshi’s” have your health in mind. With all the tree hugging, polar bear saving, free range lunatics out there, it was bound to happen that, yes your smart phones are eating a hole in your head.
At news of hearing about radiation eating my brain I almost walked out the store, but being the dedicated guy I am, I stayed and listened to the man in the store tell me all about the radiation that my Iphone pushes out and that I was in great danger. Beside my self with fear I quickly purchased all the “Moshi Moshi’s” in the store and ran home to check my gamma levels. You know just in case I turn into the Hulk.
Finally getting over the yammering of the sales man, I did in fact give these anti-hulk accessories a try. “Moshi Moshi” is a company that creates a landline for your mobile phone. Simply plug your “Moshi Moshi” into your 3.5mm headphone jack and you are good to go.
The “Moshi Moshi” acts as the ear and mouthpiece, while your phone sits safely in your pocket eating a hole in your leg. The Receiver has an answer button, so when your phone rings simply press the answer button and chat away, knowing that you will not turn into the Hulk.
“Moshi Moshi” also comes in a wireless, and Bluetooth version but I think mixing gamma cells, radiation, and wireless frequencies can only lead to trouble. The General quality and sound of the accessory is very good and they come in a wide range of colours. If you choose the cheaper 3.5mm headphone jack version you could have a “Moshi Moshi” for every day of the week.
Some time between Saturday night and Sunday morning, the entirety of Drakes “Take Care” album, the follow-up to his breakout 2010 debut “Thank Me Later”, found its way onto the Internet.
As news of the leak spread, Twitter exploded with chatter about it, and while any artists get extremely rankled when their music gets out prior to the release date (and, of course, for free), Drake himself was pretty casual about it.
Tweeting late last night:
“Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it…and take care until next time”
The idea of an album leaking is not really a story, after all, pretty much everything leaks, and the timeline for “Take Care” is about right (the release date is next Tuesday, November 15, which means the finished album probably got lifted somewhere along the lines of production).
Drakes casual reaction is the right one. After all, if people had not gone out of their way to leak his album, that probably means people were not interested in the first place. An album leak is something of a validation, and though it may also feel like a backhanded (and bad for business) compliment, it still tells the artist, “You are worth stealing from.”
It will probably cost Drake a bit in album sales, but research shows that for a guy in Drakes position, leaks do not have as negative an impact as you might think — the logic being it is that, people who will download the leak were unlikely to purchase the album in the first place. Plus, considering Drake himself had unleashed no fewer than six of the tracks from “Take Care” himself (including “Crew Love,” which showed up on Saturday on a radio station in Toronto), there was already plenty of Drake music out there for people to take.
In reality, it is a bigger story when albums do not leak. The most famous recent example of that was “Watch the Throne”, Kanye West and Jay-Zs superstar collaboration album. Considering hip-hop records are usually the first in line to leak, the fact that “Watch the Throne” was not available to anybody in its full form until the on-sale date is pretty amazing — and pretty labor intensive.
Sadly, the “Watch the Throne” approach is not easily replicated. Staggering the release was an excellent idea (the album was available to purchase as a download on a Monday, and the physical CD was available on Friday, so during the entire shipping process — where many albums find themselves leaking — the album was available as a paid download), and journalists only got a single listen to it in an isolated space, which meant that there were no dangerous promo copies floating around.
In the lead-up to the release of “Watch the Throne”, the security process was thorough but also prohibitively expensive. Throughout the albums production, West kept control of all the master tracks, and he never let the files out of his sight. If he wanted a producer or an engineer to work on something, West had to be in the room with that person, which often meant that people were flying all over the world just to do a day or two of work on “Watch the Throne”.
When you have a Kanye-sized budget, you can afford to spend thousands on airfare as a way of protecting your work, but West and Jigga are just about the only people with the sort of bankroll who can invest in that sort of protection.
Still, the first part is an excellent idea, and more artists should make their music readily available at download stores just in case the leak occurs. Even if a small percentage of people spend their cash for a download, that is more than what the artist was walking away with before. At the moment, you cannot even pre-order “Take Care” on iTunes, which seems like a bit of a mistake on Drakes camps behalf. But again, it is hard to get riled up about it, especially when you have got Kendrick Lamar on the offensive for you.
Everything leaks. That is the world that we live in now, with high-speed Internet at every turn and armies of hackers looking to one-up one another with their digital discoveries. Getting angry and reactionary only makes you look out of touch.
Drakes music is out there, but he knows that he got to where he is by working hard and establishing a deep rapport with his audience, and that should pay off for him in the long run.
True music fans will support their favorite artists with an album purchase even after they have downloaded the leak, and those who have no intention of paying for music, most likely, never will.