UPDATE: Drake Not Signed To Universal Motown, Close To Inking Deal

Not so fast. Contrary to earlier reports, Drake apparently isn’t signed to Universal Motown. According to Drizzy’s managers, Cortez Bryant and Gee Roberson of Hip-Hop Since 1978, the Toronto rapper is close to signing on the dotted line with an undisclosed label.  “Drake isn’t signed to Universal Motown,” Roberson told XXLMag.com. “He’s currently in the final negotiations of his deal.”

Drizzy reached a deafening buzz in the last few months with the release of So Far Gone, his third mixtape featuring appearances from Lil Wayne, Bun B, Trey Songz and Lloyd, among others. The mixtape has also produced a few fan-favorites, including “Successful” and “Best I Ever Had,” which is presently gaining momentum at radio stations, including New York’s Hot 97. Still high off touring alongside mentor Lil Wayne on his I Am Music tour, Drake recently embarked on his own So Far Gone tour—hitting markets like Chicago, Westchester, NY and more recently Atlanta. Stay tuned as this story develops.-Marvin Brandon

  • Pierzy

    I’ll believe it when his full disc drops.

    Not hating on Drake, hating on the label politics…

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    THAT NIGGA DRAKE RAW….. I LIKE THAT NIGGA…. SO FAR GONE IS A NICE MIXTAPE… HIS FLOW ON BEATS IS RIDICULOUS… YOU CAN SEE WHO WAYNE BEEN BITIN ON THE RAPPIN’ AND SINGIN’ SHIT….. I HATE THE FACT THEY FOUND A WAY TO TRAP THAT NIGGA WIT WACK ASS YOUNG MONEY THO…. O WELL….. LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS…

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “BRAND NEW” WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- DRAKE & LIL WAYNE))

    • JCITYHUSTLA617

      BRAND NEW IS THE SHIT

    • $ykotic

      Good luck brah.

      When this dude start getting his OWN money, Wayne whole style gonna change! LOL

  • HIP HOP NERD

    yo drake is cool but i think people are investing to much intrest in this guy i guess hip hop is so weak it makes a average rapper look like he’s the industry savior lol im still putting all my chips on BUGGS THA ROCKA

    http://www.myspace.com/ROCKABOY

    • Phil

      Bingo. You are enlightnened.

    • RealTalkLA

      To discretit anotehr artist and IMMEDIATELY put yoruself in the forth front is SO amateur. Get it together homie. this aint recess. this the big leagues. Drakes potential is unmatched. Especially by a artists whos name is already partially in use.

      Pee On.

      RealTalkLA

      • Bill

        Yeah, sure. The Big Leagues of Novelty Acts, lol. Y’all are so EASY.

  • dan99

    Drake is so dope. It’s about time, someone recognized his talents.

  • H-DUB

    Universal Motown is on the right Track, they recently signed good Artists and dropped dope Albums ( Asher, Ryan Leslie, Lloyd , Busta…. )

  • http://wattheeff.blogspot.com Queen Kam

    I had did a blog post on him sayin the deal he had with Interscope was actually processed…I guess not lolz ..but yea ill believe it when Drizzy says it out his mouth or on his blog

  • Bill

    YAWN. Failure is imminent.

    • http://www.datpiff.com/Dont_Panic_Entertainment_Max_Profit_The_Drugs_Ar.m44293.html Max Proft

      LMAO!!!!!!!

      You funny – but don’t hate.

    • http://www.datpiff.com/Dont_Panic_Entertainment_Max_Profit_The_Drugs_Ar.m44293.html Max Profit

      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

      You a funny dude – but don’t hate

      • Bill

        I’m not joking. And nothing will make me “like” mediocrity. If that’s hate, then so be it, I hate mediocrity.

        • http://www.datpiff.com/Dont_Panic_Entertainment_Max_Profit_The_Drugs_Ar.m44293.html Max Profit

          Everybody got an opinion I respect that!

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  • CapoStatus

    Congrads to my nigga Drake forsure on this deal..now we need an album and he’s truely in..ive been tellin people that Drake is not signed to YoungMoney..he is just an affiliate.
    FourOneSix!!!

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  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    i glad for the nigga. cuz he was gon be a sitting duck @ young money, like nicki minaj, curren$y & ‘nem.

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    @SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    THE YOUNG MONEY LABEL IS UNDER UNIVERSAL…. THUS MAKING IT UNDER UNIVERSAL MOTOWN…. THUS MAKING DRAKE SIGNED TO YOUNG MONEY SO HE CAN STAY CLOSE TO WAYNE AND KEEP GHOSTWRITIN HIS SHIT…..

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “SUCCESSFUL” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- DRAKE”

    • Bill

      Riding a little too hard for a man, aren’t we?

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  • http://xxl $irr Fresh

    Dude aiiight, but So Far Gone is something I’d play @ night after I brush my mouth and go to bed.

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  • russ

    i think drake deal is 50/50 because lil wayne also sign to universal motown, so i think itz young money and universal is a distribution deal.

  • http://XXL $irr Fresh

    Dude’s aiiight. But the only time I play So Far Gone is in between brushing my mouth, and going to bed.

  • Mutada al sader the king

    I’d rather have a million Drake articles than AsherEM…wow, any one remember that Eminem clone? After the album flop, nappy headed hoes comments, “these black rappers comments”, weed plate album and the return of the real slim shady… There’s hardly a mention of ol AsherEM. It was all good just a weak ago..Literally !

    Of topic question..Was it JadaKiss who coined the term “weed plate” in his beef song against 50 cent ? I dont recall hearing that prior to that song.

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  • newyawka631

    YEA,YA RIGHT IM PUERTO RICAN,
    BUT I AIN’T SORRY FA HURTIN YA FEELINGZ,
    SWAG,AND/OR CONFIDENCE,
    PUSH YA WIG BACK,WIT MY VERBAL DOMINENCE,
    USE MAH WORDZ,AS MY WEAPONRY,
    U AINT IN MY LEAGUE MENTALLY,
    NOR PHYSICALLY OR FIANCIALLY,
    SHIFT GEARZ IN DA “V’ MANUALLY,
    BUT LETZ NOT TAWK SHIT DATZ MATERIAL,
    U TAWK ABOUT ME,
    NOW YA TAWKIN LYRICAL,
    BUT LETZ GET BACK ON DA SUBJECT,
    DA DOLLAR MENU,ONLY THING IN YA BUD-GET,
    DIS NIGGA MUST HAVE A FAST-FOOD FETISH,
    CHOP YA UP LIKE YA EMPLOYERZ LETTUCE,
    IS IT MACATRUEST OR DR.SUESS,
    VERBAL BEATING, GOT YA EGO’Z BRUISED,
    YA LYRIC’S BELONG IN KINDERGARTEN,
    40 YEARZ OLD,WHEN YA GON SMARTEN,
    AND YEA MAH SHIT AINT SPELLED PROPERTLY,
    N-E BITCH U GOT,B MY PROPERTY,
    AND YA NAME AIN’T MAC,ITZ MONOPOLY,
    WIT YA COUNTERFIET GUAPE,
    U LIKE G.M.,
    WIT YA $2 STOCK,
    AND DA GRAMMAR IZ COMPUTA SLANG,
    MY SHIT TIMELESS,LIKE 93 WU-TANG,
    NIGGA WONT GIVE HIS AGE OR LOCATION,
    I GUESS WE GOTTA SETTLE FA DIS MUTILATION,
    AND WHAT EXACTLY IS YA RACE,
    EVERYTHING U SPIT,BE FICTION BASED,
    AND CARTEL,
    U MUST B TAWKIN LIKE ROSS’S TRIPLE C’S,
    KETCHUP BOTTLEZ, B DA ONLY SHIT YA EVER SQUEEZED
    DA SHIT YA SPIT,IZ IMPOSSIBLE TA CONCIEVE,
    IM IN DA MAJORZ,
    YA STUCK IN DA MINOR LEAGUE
    AS 4 DA COMMISION,
    WE DON’T GOT A PROBLEM,
    ILL PERSONALLY PAY FOR YA TRIP TA GOTHAM,
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    PAY ME,LIKE YA STATE TAX,
    I SPIT FACTZ,
    SLIGHTLY EXXAGERATED,
    IM DA REASON YA PROJECTZ B EVACUATED,
    JUST LIKE VIRGINIA TECH,
    ANOTHER BACK IN DA DAY REJECT,
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  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    I know I’m not the only dude here who’s seen “Degrassi”.

    Drake is cool, but it’s hard for me to take him seriously as a rapper after watching “Wheelchair Jimmy” do his thing, lol.

    • makaveli1671

      Dude u always saying the shit that i think therefor i dont have to say..lol…wheelchair jimmy…Cosign

  • Rae Tha Great

    MAY 14TH SCHOOLZ OUT CONCERT PRINCETON, DUSTY McFLY, DRAKE, & BIG SEAN STOP PLAYING DETROIT STAND UP!!!!!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Rodney

    Word, Drake is that dude. I thought he was signing to Young Moula (money) that don’t make since to me. He is like Waynes protege and was once introduced with the young money line up on an online vid. I wonder what changed. But like one of you cats said (Piercy) its all about them label politics. The music business is hell. The music business is like the title to X’s first album (see I make you think) lol. Drake is hot tho, he is a tripple threat: rapper, R&B singer and ghost writer

  • Evildead – Mad Naggins Inc

    WHO??? i know asher roth and b.o.b but who’s drake? reminds me of a damn bird if you ask me!!! if that homie gets signed, its cool!! wheres hot rod at anyway LMAO!

  • hip hop nerd

    BUGGS THA ROCKA over drake anytime! dudes not that lyrical stop hyping this dude up he’s better than alot of rappers out now-a-days coming i can say that but he’s nothing incrediable

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    IS IT ME OR DO YOU OTHER NIGGAS THAT WAS ON HERE YESTERDAY REALIZE THEY CHANGED THE ARTICLE….. HA HA HA HA HA AHA HA…. NOW DRAKE FINNA GET SIGNED TO ROC NATION..

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “AQUEMINI” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP)))

    • Bill

      Suuuuure. Maybe after Roc Nation actually confirms its existence.

  • GETOUUTAHERE

    What the Fuck make yall think that wayne is BITTING this ROOKIE as NIGGA?!!! IF anything it’s the other way around. WAYNE GOT HISTORY THATS DAMN NEAR AS OLD AS DRAKE!!!! WHAT THE FUCK YALL TALKING BOUT?

  • allen

    you can spit drake i heard your song always reppin in tallahasee and the bitches luv your shitand i got the mix tape in the car and i be bumping yo shit homie keeping grinding and shinning on these fuck niggas that hate from your fan in dade county big al

  • acb3000

    only reason ill back drake is cause he’s from Toronto but i know him personally i think hes a dick

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    I NEVER HEARD A REC0RD FR0M THIS DUDE DRAKE , AND HES GETTIN SIGNED T0 R0C NATION??? I D0UGHT ITT , AHER R0TH IS AN SLIM SHADY KN0CK OFFF EMINEM NEEDS TO DISSS HIM LOL THAT W0ULD BE FUN TO WATCH

  • 504Easy

    Okay enough with the anointment of Drake. Dude sounds like Kanye and Wayne. The dude is nice but he lacks originality. People keep talking about he so different. Has it occured to anyone that different is the same now? Different is I rap and sing? Give me a good rap song with a nice beat and chorus, simple right?

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  • Tyler Jam

    yo Drake if fuxxin nice. mah favorite sonqq from him is “I WANT THIS FOREVER” wiff Lil Wayne… wiff Kid Kid too… i think.

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  • rapper

    Hey im 1 out of billions of rappers an I want a record deal pleaseeeeeee I got a myspace

  • alexxx

    drake is dope he can sing a rap…he actually CAN RAP..ppl need to stop hatin…Wayne basically put this nigga on and wayne is his mentor in a certain way…that nigga says it himself(drake)YOUNG MONEY IS ANYTHING BUT WACKK. them niggas can spit!WAYNE IS THE BEST RAPPER EVER!!! NO1 HAS EVER BEEN AS CONSISTANT AS WAYNE-THAT NIGGA CHANGED THE GAME, MADE NIGGAS WANNA GO RECORD MORE RECORDS…WAYNE DOESNT STOP!!!!!!!! i dont care what ya say i think wayne is better then pac and BIG for those reasons. NOT ANY1 has ever been as consistant with music NOT to mention this nigga DOnT WRITE!(over 1000 recording in the past yr-who does that?-NO ONE-thats more than most rappers can say thats been in the game for yrs!) and the shit he comes up with is so crazy..he seriusly b paintin pictures in my head (which other rappers simply dont) dont get me wrong there ARE good rappers out there JUST NOT LIKE WAYNE. YOUNG MULA BABY!!!

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  • Chris

    Drake’s real name is Aubrey. sigh.

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