Trippie Redd Speaks About Not Being Included on “God’s Plan” and Hints at Future Drake Collabs

Drake's new single “God's Plan” is the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the third week in a row. Producer Boi-1da says he “instantly” knew it was going to be a smash, and Drake is now calling the accompanying music video “the most important thing I have ever done in my career.”

Basically, less than a month after its release, the song is already a massive hit and a huge success to everyone involved. It would feel horrible to miss out on an opportunity like that, right? Ask Trippie Redd. Before the song's release, most fans assumed the buzzing Ohio rapper would be on “God's Plan” when snippets of an early version played by Trippie's DJ leaked online after it was played at a New Year's party.

No one knows for sure why Trippie didn't end up on the final version of the song, but his DJ said, “Snippet was out for too long. Since last year. New Year's gained it too much traction. Trippie only finished half his verse so I'm guessing Drake wanted to capitalize off the buzz. Him and Trip got plenty shit together they good.”

On Thursday, a fan commented on Drake's Instagram post and tagged Trippie, writing, “You missed a MASSIVE opportunity.”

Seemingly unconcerned, Trippie replied, “You right I'm not gone be salty about it tho I got plenty of time to have the opportunity again.” Then, he alluded at future collaborations with Drake by adding: “1400/OVO”

Since the release of “God's Plan,” more footage of Trippie Redd in the studio with Drake and 40 has surfaced. Trippie also told Big Boy he has more songs with Drake: “They're in the works, they still need to be mixed and mastered.”

So, while it must have been a disappointment to miss out on his first No. 1 hit, it sounds like Trippie will have more opportunities for an OVO collaboration in the future—building on a wild 2017 that saw collabs with DRAM, Travis Scott, Swae Lee, and more. He also teased a song with Lil Wayne recently, which you can hear below.


Trippie Redd previews new song featuring Lil Wayne. How does it sound to you?

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Drake Raptors Role; Kawhi Leonard Out Indefinitely; Player-Coach Beefs | Out of Bounds

Two unexpected guests and social media personalities, #DanTheMan and #NickNackPattyWhack danced their way onto the #OutofBounds set. The crew was thrown off completely, but still managed to talk sports. Drake may now have a title for his fanboy ways on the court. As Toronto’s “Global Ambassador”, he has been involved in “Welcome Toronto” campaigns, helped design OVO uniforms, and influenced a new and improved OVO themed basketball court. The crew reacts to Danilo Gallinari’s bobblehead giveaway while naming other bobbleheads in the past that were either offensive or comical. Gil also expounds on the chemistry between players and their coaches. They close with their NFL playoff picks. 

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Drake and Toronto Raptors Dramatically Expand Deal

As the so-called “Global Ambassador” for the Toronto Raptors, Drake, has worn a lot of different hats for the team over the last few years. He’s done everything from showing up at games to heckle opposing players (which, truth be told, is probably something he would have done even without the fancy title) to helping the Raptors pull off a series of successful “Drake Nights.” He’s also brought a certain visibility to the team that likely wouldn’t exist without him, and he’s even played a role in designing some new OVO uniforms the team will wear during several games this season.

Because of all these things, the Raptors have apparently decided to expand Drake’s role and give him even more responsibilities within their organization. No, he won’t be in charge of pulling off any trade deadline deals this February, and he won’t have anything to do with who the Raptors pick in the draft in June. But he will play a prominent role in the new “Welcome Toronto” campaign the team is launching this season.

The campaign is being billed as an “immersive brand experience focused on art, community, and ball,” and it will include six “Welcome Toronto” and OVO-themed home games between now and the end of the 2017-18 NBA season. During those games, the Raptors will wear their OVO jerseys and play on a brand new court made from northern maple wood and outfitted in the OVO black and gold. And Drake’s working relationship with the Raptors will go even deeper than that.

Since becoming the team’s Global Ambassador, Drake has obviously stirred up a lot of interest in basketball north of the border, and that is expected to continue now that the Raptors and OVO have teamed up to pledge $1 million over the next three years in order to refurbish basketball courts located throughout the local community. The Raptors and OVO will also donate $2 million over the next five years to Canada Basketball in order to continue to develop the sport of basketball at the grassroots level throughout the country.

The Raptors are promising more details on their latest partnership with Drake on Wednesday night.

But until then, here are the six “Welcome Toronto” games that will be played this season:

Friday, Jan. 26 vs. Jazz
Sunday, Jan. 28 vs. Lakers
Friday, Feb. 2 vs. Trail Blazers
Friday, Mar. 9 vs. Rockets
Friday, Mar. 23 vs. Nets
Friday, Apr. 6 vs. Pacers

Stay tuned for any additional details.

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Drake’s OVO Edition Raptors Jerseys Are Tearing Canada Apart

The Toronto Raptors released their exclusive line of “OVO edition” jerseys and apparel today, and fans seem to be pretty divided. The jerseys feature an OVO-inspired black and gold colorway, a chevron pattern to symbolize the six boroughs of Toronto, and the word “North” displayed within the chevron, “to represent a territory all our own,” the official Raptors account writes on Twitter. 

These new city uniforms have a lot of people talking, and while Drake and friends at OVO have nothing but love for the 6, it seems like some people just aren't into the new style.

Fans who aren't digging the jerseys mostly wanted to see a return to the original purple or red colors, or an update to the iconic raptor design. Some could agree the new design is fire, but wished that they better represented all of Canada. 

If you're feeling the new style, cop yours at Real Sports Apparrel now.

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Makonnen on His Relationship With Drake and OVO: ‘It’s All Love’

It’s no secret Makonnen’s relationship with Drake and OVO is a complicated one; however, the 28-year-old Atlanta artist insists there is no beef on his end.

“I think it’s a whole bunch of misunderstandings. Things get so blown out of proportion from other people that aren’t really there […] There really is no issue with me and Drake,” Makonnen told Rap-Up. “We just haven’t had communication so other people that are around that like to stir up shit, they sort of made it seem like we have some sort of issue with each other, but it’s like, they’re them, I’m me. It’s just a lot of miscommunication. From what I’ve heard, it’s all love. […] I don’t have anything to say. People need to ask OVO where they stand with Makonnen because they’re the ones who brought Makonnen to the world stage.”

Shortly after the release of 2014’s iLoveMakonnen EP, it was announced that the rapper/singer had signed to Drizzy’s fledging label OVO; however, less than two years after inking the deal, Makonnen announced he was no longer part of the OVO family, claiming it was his decision and that there was no bad blood.

“I cannot thank OVO, 40, Oliver, Future & Mr. Morgan, enough for all that they have done for my career. No words can express how much I appreciate Drake for being a part of the success of Tuesday,” he told Complex back in 2016. “I’m sure the haters will have something negative to say, but all in all my choice to be solely on Warner Bros Records was the right thing for me and for my best interest. Sorry there’s no beef to report, DRINK MORE WATER.”

It initially seemed their working relationship had ended amicably, but then, following the 2016 VMAs, Makonnen posted several now-deleted tweets that suggested there was some hostility: “All I have is love and respect for everyone, I was there tonight to meet and greet everyone with love, this is so weird,” one post read. “Idk what is all this about?” He then posted a message directed at Drake, writing: “I have no beef or animosity towards u, what happened just now is beyond me, I hope we can talk about this.”

Makonnen later discussed the altercation in an interview with the Fader. He claimed he was threatened during a VMA after party held at the Up&Down nightclub.

“I'm here in the middle of the floor, no security, and they coming and I just step to the side and they see me and stop and the biggest motherfucker in the game goes, woo woo woo, 'Next time I'ma fuck you up!'” he said. “[W]e have a platinum-selling record together! The guy! The leader of the crew! This a nice VMA party, bruh. This ain’t no little back alley on the southside of Atlanta.”

Though it definitely seemed like there was some degree of animosity, Makonnen now claims it was just a misunderstanding that was further complicated by rumors and lies spread online. He told Rap-Up he’s open to speaking with Drake and OVO, and that “there’s no issue or no hard feelings for anybody.”

You can check out the full exclusive interview, in which Makonnen also discusses coming out as gay and his upcoming project, at Rap-Up's website

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Here’s Why People Think Drake Is Opening a New Restaurant in Toronto (UPDATE)

UPDATED 3:21 p.m. ET: It sounds like Drake might be out here diversifying his investments. 

Images showing an advertisement for what looks like a restaurant/sports bar named Pick 6 with the OVO insignia​ over it have appeared in Toronto's financial district. Pick 6's location used to house the Houston Bar and Grill. There hasn't been an official announcement or confirmation from Drake or his camp that whatever that is opening will in fact be a restaurant. But, it does seem like it's a good guess. 


#working #pick6 #dukester #nuffsaid #believethat @chubbsview

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This wouldn't be the first time Drake has been connected to the restaurant business. Back in 2015 Drake came up with the name for chef Susur Lee’s upscale comfort food eatery Fring's in Downtown Toronto. He even DJ'ed for the opening party, which was attended by high profile guests such as Serena Williams, Jaden Smith, and his mother Jada Pinkett.  

Drake is also investing in the green tea company called MatchaBar. The company, which is partnering with Whole Foods for distribution, is having its ingredients sourced from a family farm in Nishio, Japan. Matcha is a type of green tea leaf that is finely ground into a powder and contains a decent-sized dose of caffeine. 

Shortly after these rumors started taking off, a source close to the situation confirmed to Complex that claims of a new restaurant are simply not true.

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The Drake Superfan

Think about your favorite artist for a moment. Think of the music they've given you, the concerts you've attended, the interviews you've watched, the arguments you've endured on their behalf. How much of a fan are you, really? How far would you go? 

Connor Cirillo asked himself that question for years before taking the plunge. The Rhode Island techie first encountered Drake in 2011, and the following years saw Connor's fandom grow into something of a fixation. An all-night drive to Coachella, a trove of memorabilia, and Halloween costumes all followed, but by the time we caught up with Connor, he was ready to make it permanent.

His first tattoo was going to be Drake-themed, but a large question loomed: Drake's face, or the OVO owl? “When I think in my head of what this tattoo should be, it's the face,” he said. “But if you mess up a face, it's a lot more noticeable than messing up an owl.” True. Watch how it played out above. 

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Drake Fans Think ‘Take Care 2’ Is Coming Because of This Instagram Post

Sequels are rarely a good idea. Still, that hasn't stopped nostalgic Drake fans from pointing to a single Instagram post as a sign that a sequel to one of the OVO Sound co-founder's most beloved albums is in the works.

Late Monday night, Drake shared the Instagram post at the top of this page—the one you're probably staring at right now and thinking, wow, that's it?—with the caption “Scuzzi.” The post immediately drew comparisons to the cover of Drake's 2011 sophomore album Take Care, leading some to jump (with no hesitation whatsoever) to the conclusion that a Take Care 2 was being teased.

For comparison's sake, here's the cover of the original Take Care:

Image via OVO

In Monday's Instagram post, there are quite a few differences. Drake's hand placement, for one, isn't the same. The Instagram post is also missing the prominently featured Take Care candle and a number of other items on the table, including the goblet. Fans, however, have pointed to the overall tone of the photo (and Drake's hair) as plenty of reason to get nostalgically stoked, like so:


Also, to be fair, Drake has given us both Views and More Life within the span of 11 months. Relax, enjoy those albums, and let Take Care live in peace.

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Rob Stone Addresses XXXTentacion Situation: ‘It’s Only Going to Get Worse’

Most people are still struggling with how to pronounce XXXTentacion's name, let alone decipher the beef between he and Rob Stone. But after XXX got knocked out at a San Diego show, allegations have been flying about the aftermath of the brawl that took place at his show.

A concertgoer was stabbed in the ruckus following the on-stage sucker punch, and during an interview with TMZ last Thursday, XXX claimed the victim in question was his attacker, though local police disputed that premise. Rumors continued to swirl about the stabbing victim and any possible affiliation with Stone, and eventually the San Diego native saw fit to address the claims himself.

“I'm alive and well,” he said. “I didn't get stabbed, I didn't get stabbed, OK, I'm alive and well, just for all the people that was concerned about me getting stabbed. All my homies is alive and well, I don't know what the fuck that's about. But I feel bad for the person that did get stabbed.”

After establishing that the stabbing victim was not affiliated with him, Stone continued on, and seemed to send a direct message to XXX despite taking steps to make it sound like it was directed at a broader group of people. 

“This shit is just getting crazy, and it's only going to get worse,” he said. “You can not sit and talk shit about people, or talk shit to people, y'all can't do that shit. I'm talking to everybody in the world right now, I'm not talking to a specific person. You can not sit and talk shit to motherfuckers and go to their city and not expect somebody in the city to feel some type of way about that.”

It's not immediately clear when or where the video emerged from; there's no trace of it on Stone's social feeds, but addressing the stabbing rumors in particular makes it appear as though it is from some point this past weekend, following a new diss track from Stone aimed at XXX. 

As much as the on-stage knockout made for great meme fodder, let's hope things don't continue to escalate from here. It's one thing to trade shots on wax and on social media, but once someone resorts to physical violence, it's all downhill from there.

You can watch the full video below, and judge how serious the threat could be for yourself.

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Drake-Approved Rapper Dave is Putting Numbers on the Board

At the beginning of the year we highlighted Dave as one of five British rappers you should look out for in 2017, but his growth over the past 12 months is so impressive that we’re taking a deeper dive with another Numbers on the Board video. Dave has an OVO cosign and has had his song officially remixed by Drake, and he's one of the most talented to rappers to come out of the U.K. for a minute.

Get familiar and see just how crazy his growth has been in the video above. Check out another Numbers on The Board video below.

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