An Open Letter to Drake: Rolling Stone Did The Right Thing

‘In a series of now-deleted tweets, Drake wrote: “RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.” He added that he was “disgusted” because RS (Rolling Stone) “took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue.”’ (source: http://thegossipblog.com/drake-upset-rolling-stone-cover-philip-seymour-hoffman-yeezus-diss/)

Wow.  Really?  What kind of self important ass tweets this stuff out?  Oh yeah, the answer is Drake!  In today’s instant info society, yet ultra sensitive media and consumer, one should know better. Especially someone as big as an ultra mega-rapper/soul singer.  You would think that someone as big as Drake would have a handler or someone who actually does his tweets for him who ‘might’ have more brains than this.  But, alas, no.

What really should have ran if the greatest actor of our generation did not tragically die?  Not Drake.  It should have been Pete Seeger who affected more people and inspired more musicians than Drake ever will.  All respect due.  But the press is evil.  I’ve seen your live act, and while entertaining, it is nowhere near what Seeger did and what his music will continue to do.  His lyrics contain more in one verse than your entire catalogue.  Oh, but you should have gotten the cover.

Thegossipblog.com also reported, “that isn’t the only thing Drake is furious about. The magazine also made public a snippet of his interview, which Drake was under the impression was off-the-record, where he disses ‘Yeezus’: “There were some real questionable bars on [Yeezus]. Like that ‘Swaghili‘ line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some sh*t like that,” he’s quoted as saying.”  Off-the-record, that’s funny.  How long have you been in the business?  There is not much that is off the record when it comes to talking to the press.  We turn a blind eye to the drugs, the women or men, and a lot of private stuff we see backstage or on the bus.  But generally what comes out of your mouth is fair game…especially when putting down others.  Especially when someone as big as ‘Yeezus’ (hard to write that without a snicker).

What it really comes down to is Drake needs to take a deep breath and put his career into perspective…and then control his mouth.  I know the whole rap thing has a lot of grandstanding and “dissing”, but anyone who has been in the business for the long haul has bypassed these things.  Control your words, control your career, plain and simple.

Drake Gets The Party Started In Pittsburgh

“Would You Like a Tour?” Apparently, the answer is a resounding yes.  Pittsburgh became party central on October 18, 2013 as Drake began his tour in the Steel City amidst a crowd starving for a good time.  As the second major act to open a big tour here in one week (the other being Pearl Jam), Pittsburgh is starting to feel like a launching point for big acts to get their traveling circuses on the road.  But this night was unlike anything this reporter has ever seen.

Coming out from the photographers holding area I was immediately amazed by the party atmosphere that was happening all around.  It’s not the stereotypes of marijuana and alcohol, because that happens at plenty of shows.  It was more the setup of Consol Energy Center that night and the amount of people with a drink in their hand and actually feeling like you were at a party.  On the sides of the stage was an area that was standing room only that seemed like a backstage soiree.  Everyone was on their feet, mingling, talking, dancing, and that was before Drake even came on.Behind the soundboard was a platform for a VIP section as well which had it’s own celebration happening.  Of course the seats in every direction were filled with a very diverse crowd ready to let loose.  Opener Miguel got the throng going with his brand of R & B with huge enthusiasm from Pittsburgh.  But of course they all came to see Drake.  With a very open stage, with a futuristic centered circular clam-like structure with varying levels and bottom lit, along with a huge backscreen, the curtain withdrew and the anticipation was palpable.

From the depths of the stage Drake rose and the event truly began.  The bass was so booming that the ground underneath your feet literally was moving, almost forcing you to move.  The ganja was in high gear as was the alcohol at full flow for the work weary crowd.  The party was peaking at the perfect moment and all hands went up as legs and hips moved about in abandon.  Drake sang in a silhouetted type state as the backscreen projected an extremely bright melange of pinks and blues.  Opening up with “Tuscan Leather,” Headlines” and “Crew Love” he moved like a snake ready to strike, poisonous and dangerous, but beautiful at the same time.

The known guest highlight of the evening almost did not happen. Just before the tour, Atlanta rapper Future, made some remarks regarding Drake’s new album prompting Drake to throw him off the tour and reportedly having Future readying a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit in return for lost wages.  All seemed to be patched up though as Drake introduced Future as “his brother”.  And then it was on.  The crowd went nuts and Future got it amped up just a bit more, including what seemed like his biggest fan, Drake. “Same Damn Time” was a massive sing and dance-a-thon as the thumping shook the rafters.

What is most striking about Drake’s fans is that they hang on and know every word of every song.  Drake is particularly known for his lyricism, prompting Lil Wayne to say, “I can tell, you know, I don’t know nothing else out there that can touch it, including my stuff. That kid is on another planet.”  Some of those tunes he belted out were (surprisingly) a cover of A$AP Rocky’s “[Expletive Problems]”, his own “HYFR, “The Motion”, duets with Jhene Aiko for “Come Thru” and “From Time” , “Hold On”, “We’re Going Home” and “Connect.”

But the huge highlight of the evening, at least for a hometown Pittsburgh crowd, was the appearance of the beloved Wiz Khalifa as he came out for “Black and Yellow” with Drake.  Talk about everyone going nuts.  Maybe Drake heard Pearl Jam brought Jason Grilli on stage last week and wanted to one up them?

All photos ©2013 AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine (shot from the soundboard, first 2 songs only)

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Drake emerges from the depths
Drake emerges from the depths

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Drake takes in the sights and smells
Drake takes in the sights and smells
The crowd goes wild
The crowd goes wild

International DJ Baby Yu touring w/ Young Jeezy in Pittsburgh 6/23/13 (interview)

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Demanded internationally, DJ Baby Yu is one of North America’s most experienced, versatile well respected and highly connected DJ’s. Baby Yu is without a doubt a staple in the entertainment industry world wide. Determined and passionate, he consistently delivers and works along side chief industry leaders.  Layered with many talents, DJ Baby Yu is a prominent international DJ, an exclusive radio show host, and a producer.   Over the years Baby Yu has been at the top of the nightclub scene in Toronto, spinning at a wide range of clubs, lounges and patios which caught the attention of promoters and club owners around the world.  In mid 2008, Baby Yu re-located to Atlanta, Georgia after receiving an offer to be the resident DJ for the ultra-trendy Velvet Room.Top artists around the world have also noticed Baby Yu’s talent and have used his talents to leverage their performance while on the tour.  Baby Yu has been the opening tour DJ for Juelz Santana, 112, Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, The Game; and also has been the top pick to DJ concert after parties for Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Fat Joe, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Akon, Chris Brown, Diddy, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, DJ Khaled, Cassie, Black Eyed Peas, Drake, Georges St- Pierre, Allen Iverson, Lebron James, and more. Expanding to his international appeal, Baby Yu has also worked alongside with K-Pop Artists: The Wonder Girls, Crown J and 2PM.
Pittsburgh Music Magazine caught up with DJ Baby Yu before his appearance here in Pittsburgh at Soldiers and Sailors on June 23rd with Young Jeezy…
As a DJ, radio show host, and producer, can you describe a “typical” day in the life of DJ Baby Yu?

–  Sometimes I dream of having a Baby Yu duplicate.  Usually my day consists of waking up sometime in the afternoon, and straight to the DJ studio to prep for my5PM show with Big Tigger on V-103 FM.  After my show, I usually hit the gym and stay for around an hour and a half.  Later, I’ll put in some production time until I have to go DJ at the club.  When I get home from the club I prerecord my 7 AM morning show for Ryan Cameron on V-103 FM.  After this I usually hit the studio again and see if I can make some beats before I go to bed.  I try and eat between everything as well.

 
You have had some amazing guest opening spots and done some incredible private gigs as a DJ.  Can you relate at least one mind blowing experience or encounter?
 
– DJ Jazzy Jeff invited me to DJ his 40th Birthday in Philly, where I played nothing but soul, funk and 80‘s music.  It was so much fun.  Also in 2006, I DJ’d for Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna during Caribana Festival in Toronto, Canada.  To do a Rocafella medley for them felt like I was DJing at their concert.  Most recently, Kanye West flew me down to one of his concerts during the “Watch The Throne” Tour, to discuss how the concert could be improved.  It was an interesting 2 hour conversation.
 
When people hear your art, what is it that you want them left with?
 
–  Positivity, motivation, and inspiration.
  
Where are your favorite places to DJ?
 
–  Tokyo, Japan – Manila, Phillippines – Vancouver, Canada – Toronto, Canada to name a few.
 
What place or where in the world would you most like to host as a DJ, but have not done so yet?
 
–  Dubai, Rio De Janeiro  and Moscow.  That would be so dope.  
  
Who are the artists that have had the most influence on what you do?
 
–  Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Jodeci, Notorious BIG, Bell Biv Devoe.
 
What was it like collaborating with DJ Swivel in Sato Goldschlag? And who came up with the concept for the Mr. Mister video ?
 
–  It’s an amazing run.  Swivel is very talented, and has learned from the best.  Working around Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Diddy to name a few, he is a grammy winning engineer, so to work with someone that has so much experience in the music work only motivates me to work harder.
The video was an idea by Aaron our video director.  We were both happy with the originality of the video.  (See below for the video)
  
What are your immediate goals in the business and where would you like to see yourself in five years?
–  Producing; making music is my immediate and long term goal.  I want to continue DJing around the world, on V-103 FM, supporting Young Jeezy as his DJ, and take Sato Goldschlag to an international level. 
 
 
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Along with his weekly club residencies- Baby Yu can be heard on Atlanta’s hottest radio station V-103 (WVEE- V103 FM “The Peoples Station”)
Monday- Friday at 5:00pm on the Ryan Cameron show and Saturday’s from 12pm-1pmEST with his “Midday Motivation Mix Show”. Baby Yu
also continues to do his syndicated radio shows, tuned in by thousands around the globe.

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Baby Yu Jazze JD and TI

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