Billboard.com reports today that the relentlessly-hyped young rapper (and former Degrassi star!) Drake has finally signed to the Lil Wayne-founded Universal imprint Young Money, after what was purported to be a fierce battle amongst various major labels to claim the artist formerly known as Aubrey Drake Graham.
The 22-year-old, who enters the Billboard Hot 100 chart for July 4 with two songs in the top-ten (“Best I Ever Had” at no. 3, and “Every Girl” at no. 10), is certainly hotter than XXtra Flaming Hot Cheetos right now, and will spend the summer on tour with Wayne, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy andSoulja Boy Tell’em as part of the “Young Money Presents: America’sMost Wanted Music Festival” beginning July 27 in Scranton, PA.
Be one of 14-million-plus viewers so far to stream the gleefully profane “Best I Ever Had” (presented here in an edited, safe-for-work version; you’re welcome!) on YouTube below, and tell us, will Drake deliver on his major-league promise? Or is it just too soon to tell?
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