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Drake Signs With Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown Records

September 17, 2009

Breakout hip-hop/R&B sensation Drake has officially signed with Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown Records. On September 15, 2009, Drake will drop So Far Gone, his first mini-album with the imprint while continuing to ready his forthcoming full-length debut album, due out in early 2010.

So Far Gone contains seven songs, including the definitive summer jam of 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” which claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B and Hip-Hop Songs chart, as well as the Ringtones chart, plus ranked No. 2 on the all-important Hot 100 chart. So Far Gone also boasts “Successful,” Drake’s sizzling new single featuring Lil Wayne and Trey Songz, which is swiftly edging its way to Top 10 positioning on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Rap Songs charts, among others. Hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne makes multiple appearances on So Far Gone, turning up alongside Young Jeezy on “I’m Goin In” and again on “Uptown,” which also features an assist from Bun B. Other highlights on So Far Gone include the tracks “The Calm,” “Fear” and “Houstatlantavegas.”

“Drake has what it takes to represent Young Money to the fullest,” said Young Money Records CEO Lil Wayne, who has helped Drake cultivate his unique and infectious sound. “When I first heard him, I saw that he had the motivation, the drive, and the raw skills. Young Money is the place for Drake to take his sound to the next level.”

“We are extremely proud of Lil Wayne, the launch of Young Money Records, and the roster of hot new talent that Wayne is getting ready to introduce to the world,” added Ronald “Slim” Williams, Co-CEO of Cash Money Records Group. “Drake is a talented individual and a humble person with a tireless work ethic. We’re happy to have him as part of the Young Money/Cash Money family.”

Drake is a Canadian-born artist who grew up in Toronto and Memphis. He first appeared with Lil Wayne on 2007’s “Man of the Year” after making a buzz worthy impact on the mixtape scene. His collaborations with Eminem, Kanye West and Jay-Z are among the most exciting releases of 2009. A former cast member of the N’s Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake is hardly a stranger to the spotlight—but his best is certainly yet to come.

Omarion Has Left Young Money

August 27, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Omarion has left Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. There were rumors that Omarion was dropped from the label, but in an official statement, Omarion said that “I have a lot of respect and admiration for the genius of Lil Wayne and the entire Young Money family. I asked to be released from the label to pursue other opportunities that were recently presented to me. Because of our relationship, Lil Wayne had no issue with us ending our business relationship and released me from the label. Lil Wayne and I have nothing but love for each other, there is no beef. I also wanted to make it clear that my company nor did I, leak the song, ‘I Get It In,’ and I want to dispel any rumors that have surfaced. I appreciate my relationship with Young Money/Cash Money and look forward to doing business in the future. There will be a major announcement regarding my career and my new album, Ollusion, coming next week.”

Young Money member Mack Maine broke the news of Omarion’s depature by writing on his Twitter page, “ATTN: Omarion is no longer Young Money…the song they leaked featuring Wayne is not official … Good luck to him in his future endeavors.”

Omarion’s last album was 2007’s “Face Off” duet with Bow Wow (who is now signed with Young Money).

America’s Most Wanted: Show Review

August 16, 2009

Written By: Victoria H.
(Urban Editor)

On Thursday, America’s Most Wanted (Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, Young Jeezy, and the true highlight and headliner, Lil’ Wayne) rolled into the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles to perform to a sold out crowd.

Soulja Boy started off the night and performed his hits, “Crank That” and “Ya, Trick Ya!” Soulja’s performance was hyper and energetic as he moved, jumped and danced all over the stage.

Young Jeezy definitely put on for the city (no pun intended), performing “Put On,” “Love In This Club” and other hits off “Thug Motavation.” Jeezy also promoted his up-coming album “TP103” – coming out soon.

Around 10:20 PM, the lights went down. You could feel the surge of energy exploding as the crowd anticipated Lil Wayne’s entrance. The shouts of “Wayne, Wayne” made it feel like the crowd was welcoming a king, Hip-Hop royalty if you will.

With a flash of light and fire, Lil Wayne rushed the stage, opening with “Carter III” anthem, “A Milli.” When Wayne said he’s “I’m sick, I’m ill”, there was no one who disagreed.

“I believe in three things…” Wayne told the crowd just after he performed “A Milli.” “One,” he said, “I believe in God. Two. I’m shit without you, my fans, and three. I’m shit without you!” The crowd roared in approval. Wayne also took time to show respect to the great rappers who came before him…he asked the crowd to put one finger in the air for Biggie…two fingers for Pac…three fingers for Jay-Z and four for himself.

Lil Wayne was on point the whole set; performing “Prom Queen” on guitar, “Lollipop,” his verse of “Swagga Like Us,” “Shoot Me Down,” “Mrs. Officer,” “Kush” and “Tie Me Down,” just to name a few. Wayne also shared the stage with Birdman and gave the spotlight to the up-and-coming artists on his Young Money label.

Lil Wayne is a rock star…and this show was probably the one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.