It’s a Wrap!
Drake said it on the song “No New Friends”, and he meant it. This past week the rapper was in Houston, Texas celebrating it’s first ever HAW event. HAW, although promoted as Houston Appreciation Weekend, was more like an extended weekend of events hosted by the “Nothing Was the Same” artist.
Why Houston? Well , Drake has always showed love to the city of Houston.He gives insight to how Houston played a role in his success as a rapper in the song titled “Look What You’ve Done” on his sophomore album “Take Care”. He raps in verse 1:
“Then Wayne calls up my phone, conversation wasn’t that long
Gets me a flight to Houston in the morning
Oh it’s my time, yeah, it’s on
He’s thinking of signing me, I come home
We make a mixtape with seventeen songs
And almost get a Grammy off that thing
They love your son man, that boy gone..”
The mixtape he’s referring to is So Far Gone, which has two songs inspired by Houston, “Houstalantavegas” and “November 18th”. The single “Best I Ever Had” off of the mixtape, got the rapper nominated for a Grammy in 2010. Because Houston was the place where he first met rapper and boss Lil Wayne, the city holds a special place in his heart.
In a press interview on June 12, 2014 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, the rapper talks about what Houston means to him. “…Houston is really important to me… I have it tattooed, uh, on my skin and you know in my heart…”. He goes on to say that he appreciates the city for accepting his song “November 18th“, which is a remake of a Houston classic song “June 27”.
“I was really nervous because I made a song for a city that I wasn’t from…a brand of music that didn’t necessarily belong to me ‘cause I’m from Canada… and I got accepted you know… They listened to it, they loved it, they made it one of their anthems here you know and that’s why I’m going back to Warehouse Live, which is the first place I sold out a show…” Drake proclaims.
The sold out show held Friday, June 13, 2014 was just one way of many that he thanked the city. The full HAW event, which was posted on Drake’s Instagram one week ago, show’s the four day schedule from June 12 – June 15, 2014.
The rapper ended the event on Sunday with a HAW Basketball Tournament and wrap party, which included many local Houston celebrities as well as international celebrities.
If this was the line up for this year, I wonder what next years line up would look like? Hopefully it will actually be a full of events.Google+