Drake pledges aid to Houston, the city that launched him

Rapper Drake took to his Instagram feed early Monday morning to express his devastation and pledge his support to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Noting that the city has “truly been a home to me over the last 8 years,” he said that along with his DJ and manager Future the Prince, he is “working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas.”

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Drake’s relationship with Houston is long and deep. He credits a show at Warehouse Live in 2009 with launching his career.  Since 2014, he’s hosted an annual Houston Appreciation Weekend in the city. The most recent HAW wrapped up late last month and included a charity barbecue, a pop-up strip club and a rare club performance from the Toronto superstar. Drake also has a Houston Astros tattoo on his shoulder.

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Drake “explained” his love for H-Town when we pretended to interview him before his 2015 Austin City Limits Festival appearance. Here’s what he “said:”

Let’s switch gears. You’re a big fan of Houston.

H-town my second home like I’m James Harden. (“No New Friends” on DJ Khaled’s “Suffering From Success” ft. Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, 2013)

What is it about the city that resonates with you?

The music all slow and the (expletive) all pretty. (“What Up” on Pimp C ft. Bun B., Drake, 2010)

Austin, TX – Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter Drake performed live in concert at the Frank Erwin Center on July 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman.


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