Drake Apologizes To Fans About Missed L.A. Performance

Failing to perform at a Los Angeles club this past weekend, Young Money rapper Drake gave a heartfelt explanation about his no show on his own personal blog, octobersveryown.blogspot.com,  Kanye West style.

According to Drizzy, posters for the event at Element nightclub promoted local rapper Japan as a opening act and the Toronto MC as the “main show” on Saturday (May 23), but he had no intentions of delivering a set onstage after performing earlier in the evening at Cal State L.A. alongside the likes of Ryan Leslie and U-N-I.

“I was being paid to host a party and when I showed up, the money I was promised for that simple task was short,” he wrote. “The promoters were asking me to ‘just do one or two songs’ and leave but I am an artist and I take pride in the show I’ve put together. I refuse to step onstage and allow people to believe that I am okay with them paying $40 dollars to see me rap over two records that my DJ plays.”

“I apologize to anybody in L.A. that was deceived and I promise that when I return I will drain my body of all its energy when I hit that fuckin’ stage and give you all the best performance I can,” Drake continued.

The rapper/actor hits the stage again tonight (May 26) in downtown New York City for a sold out Hot 97 showcase at S.O.B.’s. The heavily-buzzed artist, who is still currently unsigned, is reportedlty in talks for a full on tour with hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z, Young Jeezy and Young Money head Lil Wayne. – Devin Chanda

  • vhingrhamesonyomomma

    it’ okay, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay…if they don’t pay me then I ain’t goin on

  • 402

    No disrespect to Drake, you gotta drop an album before I pay 40 dollars to see your show. It only cost me 20 dollars to see Jeezy at a nightclub and thats after the mixtapes and three number one albums.

    • EReal

      Wait, WHO is this flamer?

    • matthew

      the reason you got 2 pay $40 dollars 2 go c him kill it is becuz he’s the best of all time.he should more,i would pay way more than that 2 go c him preform.drake spits shit that is so unreal.he’s the best.remember dat

  • Peru White

    He might be a talented fellow but his buzz is the result of his average 90′s talent being seen thru the eyes of 00′s Wayne heads. He isnt great but compared to todays artist he is damn near legendary. Funny how important timing is.

    • matt

      dude,drake is better than wayne and anybody else in the game.i mean dam,tha fuckin mixtape so far gone was the best fuckin cd out there.

  • http://myspace.com/jaemichelle Jae Michelle

    At the end of the day business is business. If he was to be paid a certain amount to appear and perform, signed or not, he should have got it. Fans should understand music is a job. When you go to work, you don’t work with no pay so why should he ? What people paid to get into Element wasn’t Drake’s decision, but the people decided to pay it without knowing for sure if he would be there or not. Club performamces are rare in L.A most of the time celebs faces and names are used for promotional use.

  • jbird

    C’mon Drake you fn Nigger. Like I’ma pay $40 to see your fn R&B ass. I’d give Ryan Leslie $50 for a nose-bleed seat. Check out Ryan Leslie, this dude blowwws Drake out the water. I’d put Drake in a crate in the basement, or on a plate, your food, face it. Get the fuck outta here Drake!!!

    • Big Paul

      Fuck u jbird!! I cant believe u let that racist shit slip out ur mouth! I cant beleive muhfuckas at xxl let that shit ride! He said it in a KKK type way! Dude better zip his lips before his lips zip him up! Word up!

      • jbird

        My bad Paul. I didn’t mean to come out like that. Ya I know I was wrong. It wasn’t in no KKK type shit tho.

      • jbird

        My bad Paul. I didn’t mean to come out like that. I didn’t mean to come out on a KKK type way. It’s just Drake ain’t worth no cake. He’s too late, money was bein made back in ’98.

        • Madness

          You do realize that they weren’t paying $40 a ticket to see him perform right? The promoters were trying to pay him $40 total for his performance.

  • jbird

    Take your black ass back to Africa or Canada. Ehhh!!!

    • J Dub

      You better watch it those racist comments. You know better

  • jbird

    That’s the thing, ain’t nobody wanna pay to see Drake. Sign a new act in his place. Sit him in the backseat, backburner, you don’t wanna get hit in the back by my burner. I’d stick it in his face, then take what he put in the safe.

  • 402

    I guess lame white people with nothing better else to do use XXL as an stage to promote racial hatred. I mean if you really that “gangster” please show your face so that a real “nigger” can put you in perpective.

  • Beergangsta

    If the money ain’t right Beergangsta won’t do the show either. Another day, another penny you don’t work or hustle you don’t get any. Drake you doing what any smart man would do. Don’t let nobody pimp you. You do all the pimping.

  • jbird

    See that’s the thing he gonna pimp himself. He put the price too high, he ain’t gonna get shit. It’s all economics. Not enough demand for his ass, so he got all the supply. What’s the supply gonna get him? Keep it, but you ain’t gonna get no money. You gotta meet in the middle. Times is rough these days for peeps and their money. So that just goes to show that peeps ain’t gonna part with $40 to see his show. So if you know, go blow your brains out on that snow.

    • matt

      yall are fuckin stupid,there other artist that charge over $100 to c there show,drake is givin yall a break.$40 aint bad to c him.i would pay wat ever it take to go c him preform and meet him.

  • Fresh

    … “sold out Hot 97 showcase at S.O.B.’s”

    The Thing is.. People are paying that kinda money to see him.

  • The_Truth

    ***is XXL being paid to create a ‘Drake’ buzz? That’s all I see here. . .

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    I got invited to this show by a friend of my on myspace and didn’t even bother to go. Haven’t even heard the boy’s music yet why would I pay $40 to check his show out? LOL

    • $ykotic

      What it do E!

      PROMOTERS ARE GREASY! They always try to skim or skate with the bread!

      I don’t know Drake, but the PR statement comes off as genuine. But I wouldn’t drop 40 to see and unproven artist roster.

      At least he didn’t pull a Juelz Santana! Get the dough and still don’t perform!

  • HNIC

    Personally, I think that it’s cool that he decided to post a public apology to the people who paid to see his show. He didn’t have to, so that says something about his integrity & character. I can respect that. No he doesn’t have a whole lot of #1 certified hits, yet. But, I believe that he will, give him time.

    By the way, I also think that that jbird cat needs to fall the fuck back with that “Nigger” shit. Come out from behind the comfort of your keyboard and say that sideways shit, you “fn” coward! Fuckoutahere with that nonsense!

    • jbird

      My bad, my apology. I forgot to put the ‘a’ on the end. Drake a dumb-ass NIGGA!! There you happy now. I’m white, but if black peeps say it with no regrets, FUCK IT I am too!! If you don’t want white peeps to say it, then ya’ll should stop with it. Plus, I got bars!! Ice cream bars.

      • jbird

        See now I ain’t racist. I’ve listen rap since way back. I might have came out wrong, but I just feel peeps is being *TOO GREEDY*. Music is music you just gotta know how to use it. I love Nas, old J, Mobb Deep Infamous, Dupri, Murph Dirt, Bishop Lamont, B.O.B., and all kinds others. When you got your lyrical rap-game history down, then you can come talk to me. Otherwise, talk to my secretary.

  • HNIC

    Personally, I think that it’s cool that he decided to post a public apology to the people who paid to see his show. He didn’t have to, so that says something about his integrity & character. I can respect that. No he doesn’t have a whole lot of #1 certified hits, yet. But, I believe that he will, give him time.

    By the way, I also think that that jbird cat needs to fall the fuck back with that “Nigger” shit. Come out from behind the comfort of your keyboard and say that sideways shit, you “fn” coward! Fuckoutahere with that nonsense!

    • jbird

      HNIC all I see
      is a Prodigy remake
      but see I see cake
      you dream too much, please awake
      i ain’t come sideways
      i come my way
      straight the fuck out my mouth
      no need to duck inside my house
      stand on the porch
      got the street filled like a basketball court
      peeps come to listen
      not shit that’s written
      but hooks on freestyle
      shit ain’t gonna be free but for a lil while
      so when you can come back
      comeback
      but remember i got your girl slumped like a hunchback

      • HNIC

        Jbird, I know that you intentionally baited us, by using that racial epitaph, on a website for a genre that was historically, predominately black. Why else would you blatantly display your ignorance, other than a lame attempt to receive a little bit of notoriety & attention? First of all, the internet is not real. Step outside, on your porch, then walk to the nearest black neighborhood or project building & boldly say the word; “NIGGER!” I’d wager that you wouldn’t make it back to your house unscathed, that’s for damn sure. Therefore, your manhood is questionable, to say the least. Estrogen pumps throughout your veins & your heart beats kool-aid. Then your attempt to diss my with those “rhymes” (I use that term loosely in reference to what you said) was laughable, at best. And you have the audacity to name men like Nas, Jay-Z, Mobb Deep, etc… etc… as your influences? Are you serious?! I’ve heard better rhymes on an elementary playground. Your shit was certified; HOT GARBAGE & pure blashphemy to the culture that I grew up on for over 20 years & counting, until this day. Bottom line; you suck at life & I feel sorry for your Mother! BITCH!!!

        • HNIC

          I forgot to mention that you bleed every 28 days & you sit down when you pee.

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    yeah they tryna create a buzz 4 dis nigga sum serious. he missed dat show cuz he was caked up w/ rihanna… how many dicks dat bitch done took in the last couple weeks/months? by my count, too many.

  • Nate

    Haven’t heard the music, but you have to do that with the shady promoters. Promters want to get the best artists they can for the least money, then complain about even paying a G or 2 when they can pack some large clubs with a thousand or so people. Then the artist at some point blows up and they won’t ever get the opportunity to book the artist at a reasonable price. Mac Dre got killed over shady promotions when he left and refused to perform when they didn’t keep their end of the bargain.
    Some promoters are coward ass mofo’s who try and make a quick buck. They never learn that having good quality (PAID) performers brings in the box office $$ and buys drinks. They always try and pay next to nothing in case they fail and nobody shows up.

    A good performer is much more valuable than a shady ass promoter. Doesn’t take any skills to make some fliers. You have to come up with the dough you agreed on and have riders, real contract paperwork.

    Drake’s manager (does he have one?) should have worked out the business end better also, such as getting half up front or a standard agreement to gurantee proper payment be made.

    • $ykotic

      For real. Don’t even leave the telly!

      Manager-Man is supposed to handle that.

      “The heavily-buzzed artist, who is still currently unsigned, is reportedlty in talks for a full on tour with…”

      He better get one!

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  • SMiley

    Not only was it ma first time hittin CLub element but Drake made it a bad experience. Besides da over crowdedness, due 2 da club letting too many damn ppl in bcuz dey were money hungry. Ur supposed 2turn ppl away after a certain number of ppl have entered. But I payed $ 2 see a performance and it didnt even happen, so drake, i dnt care about ur apology. ANd anybody can apologize, so JUST bcuz he apologized doesnt mean dat he truly meant it. Hell, cheaters apologize N do it again, am i lying? lol. EXXXAAACTLY, so its whatever, but I’ll never hit ELement again…..unless its an artist that I REALLY want to see, and they’re guaranteed to show up.

  • rafa

    Im the dude that booked drake to perform at my school- csula. Drake was really never supposed to perform at ALL at element. I know some of those promoters, they false advertise all the time. After all that, they had the nerve to be short with the money. Trust me, Drake is so big out here in LA, ppl were in the front paying 100 to get in. He is not a little artist. When he performs it just has to be an official show. These promoters need to get more organized & treat official ass artists like they are official & stop lying & having the nerve to pay people less than what they promise.

    Also, these club people were doing dumb shit! Corey Maggette & some other celebs walked up & they let them in for free!!!whyyy the hell would they not charge people that we all know have plenty of MONEY!! one of the main problems in LA

  • fokus

    Does Drake have a manager now and if he does what is his name?

  • RAFA

    Cortez Bryant is his manager..same manager as lil wayne…he just signed to his record label…aspire music group/ young money ent.