Drake says he has no part in the upcoming film “Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage.”
The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on March 19 across the United States and Canada. Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, was initially thought to be a major part of the production. But the Young Money rapper took to Twitter yesterday to distance himself.
The Drake Homecoming film is not something OVO or Drake have any part in. I feel it is my responsibility to inform and protect my fans,” Drizzy tweeted.
The Drake Homecoming film is not something OVO or Drake have any part in. I feel it is my responsibility to inform and protect my fans.
— Drizzy (@Drake) March 16, 2015
This is particularly surprising since the movie was produced by Drake’s biggest allies Jas Prince and J. Prince who head Rap-A-Lot Records.
The film’s official website also posted a description of what the production is about.
“This live sold out concert filmed at Toronto’s Sound Academy in 2009 just prior to Drake signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money was believed lost and destroyed. After its recent re-discovery, additional production footage was added to the concert film including interviews with James Prince and his son Jas Prince; the latter credited with the actual discovery of Drake. The much anticipated concert film includes the international smashes, “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful.”
“Drake the Grammy-Award winning, platinum-selling recording artist and multifaceted entertainer first stepped on the scene for his role on the highly-successful television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Later going on the road with rap star Lil Wayne after he heard Drake’s music in the summer of 2008. Drake has asserted himself as a trailblazer in the creative world. He now holds the record for the most number one hits on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Chart.”
Sources told TMZ that Drake did signed off to the production back in 2009 when he was doing his his homecoming concert.
Drizzy was paid $15,000 for performing at the concert and promised another 15% of the profits if the footage would be used for any future projects.
But the Toronto rapper’s reps says Drake only take part in music or video productions that are of the highest quality.
“Obviously Drake and OVO only put out music and video/film that is of the highest quality for their brand and what their fans have come to expect and do not want any fans to buy into something that has not come from them,” Drake reps said.
Drake is now getting some support from Jas Prince who agreed that fans should not watch the movie.
“James Prince and I stand together on not supporting the Drake Homecoming footage in theatres. #protectingthefans,” Drake just tweeted.
James Prince and I stand together on not supporting the Drake Homecoming footage in theatres. #protectingthefans
— Drizzy (@Drake) March 17, 2015