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Drake’s Houston Appreciation Weekend

He-Haw!! Drizzy Drake’s got mad love for Texas.  The “Started from the Bottom” rapper announced in March on his Instagram a first annual concert series called “Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW).”  Now the big weekend is here, starting Thursday, June 12 and running through Sunday, June 15.  Scheduled HAW activities include: Drake’s Warehouse Live Concert, the launch of OVO Pop-Up Shop, a Habibiz Hookah Pop-Up, an after party featuring Lil Wayne & special guests, Kevin Hart promoting Think Like A Man Too, a basketball tournament, a pool party and, finally, a Club Paradise send-off.  Sounds like a hodgepodge of a few of Drake’s favorite things, and also the Houston party to be at!

But Why Does Drake Love Houston So Much?

A lot of celebs got love for H-Town; Beyoncé’s got a statue erected to her somewhere over there, but she is at least an H-Town native.  Drake hails from Ontario, Canada.  So why the appreciation?  Let’s see if we can figure out his reasons:

  1. Girls & Girlfriends:  On his album Nothing Was the Same, Drake raps on “Too Much”: “Like H-Town in the summertime, I keep it 100 / Met a lot of girls in my times there / Word to Paul Wall, not one fronted.”  Girls.  And, “All my exes live in Texas like I’m George Straight” he raps on “Hell Yeah F**king Right”.  So, more girls.
  2. Strippers:  “Thinkin’ ‘bout Texas / Back when Porsche used to work at Treasures,” he raps on “From Time”.  (Treasures is a popular Houston strip club).
  3. Career Launch: More than a hot-bed treasure chest, Drake loves Texas because it rocketed him into the stratosphere of hip-hop fame.  Let’s take a look back at 2009, shall we? Drake was just a young nobody rapper wanting to be taken seriously.  He rapped his first Houston show at Warehouse Live, anxiously hoping that Bun B (the current kings of Houston rap) would show up.  Show up Bun B did.  Then Drake met Lil’ Wayne in Houston.  And… rocket launch!  After that, truly nothing was the same.

Looks like we are going back to the Warehouse where it all began. Drake now raps about his “Houston leverage,” and will probably sell out the Warehouse Live in 10 minutes.  He has H for “Houston” tattooed on his shoulder.  If he started from the bottom, Houston definitely took him to the top.

Check out Vibe to see the full HAW schedule.

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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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