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HAW: Houston Appreciation Weekend

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Houston Appreciation Week“H-Town my second home like I’m James Harden…”

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.

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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.

Drake and Jas Prince at HAW Basketball Tournament June 15, 2014. Courtesy of WordonRoad.net

Drake and Jas Prince at HAW Basketball Tournament June 15, 2014. Courtesy of WordonRoad.net

Rapper Drake at HAW Basketball Tournament with NBA Player James Harden Photo Credit @champagnepapi Instagram

Rapper Drake at HAW Basketball Tournament with NBA Player James Harden Photo Credit @champagnepapi Instagram

Houston Rapper Kirko Bangz at HAW Basketball Tournament Photo Credit thestashed.com.

Houston Rapper Kirko Bangz at HAW Basketball Tournament Photo Credit thestashed.com.

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.

Tatrisila “Trish G.” Guidry is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received her undergraduate degree in History. She credits her major for reviving her passion for writing which eventually lead her to receive a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. From the first note belted out by Whitney Houston in “And I Will Always Love You”, Trish G. fell in love with music. As music began to evolve and rap took over the world, she found a new interest in rap and artists ability to use word’s to paint pictures. “Listening to talented lyricists gives me life. From Aaliyah’s “One in A Million”, to Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city”, music has always been my escape.” Writing for So So Active Media allows her the opportunity to combine two of her greatest loves into one website. She is amped to be able to contribute creative, new stories weekly.