Mayor Annise Parker Declares June 10 'Drake Day' As The Rapper Kicks Off 'Houston Appreciation Weekend' [Video/Pics]

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Drake has become one of the biggest superstars in the world, but he's never forgotten where it all began. Lil Wayne invited him to the city in 2008 and eventually signed the Canadian to Young Money Records.

The rapper kicked of his Houston Appreciation Weekend on Thursday, June 12, by hosting 50 children from the Astros’ Urban Youth Academy at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night, June 12.

“It’s a really important weekend to me,” he said. “Houston is really where I birthed my entire career. This is where I sold out my first show. This is where I met Lil Wayne. This is where it all started for me.” I have it tattooed on my skin and in my heart. That was a line I was working on, on the way here. I just want to let you to know that it means a lot for me to be here today.”

The song "November 18" off of Drizzy's 2009 mixtape So Far Gone is about H-Town.

"I was really nervous, because I made a song for a city that I wasn't from, a brand of music that didn't necessarily belong to me, because I'm from Canada," he said. "And I got accepted. They listened to it, they loved it, they made it one of their anthems here."

"They're very proud of the culture here," he added. "You can play the biggest rap record in the world, but nothing's going to get more of a reaction than something that's classic Houston music, and I love that. It shows a loyalty to me."

The rapper posed for photos with Astros players and fans. Tonight he will perform before a packed crowd at Warehouse Live. Lil Wayne will be in attendance at the after party. On Saturday Drake will attend a premiere for the movie Think Like a Man Too and a poll party. The weekend will wrap up on Sunday with a basketball tournament.

Mayor Annise Parker declared June 10 as "Drake Day."





Drake @ Minute Maid Park HAW 2014 (Houston Appreciation Weekend)





Drake speaks during Houston Appreciation Night at Minute Maid Park



Sources: Houston Chronicle, HoustonAstros.com and Rap-Up



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Comment by SMP on June 14, 2014 at 1:30pm
this fa-ggot a-ss fruitcake has nothing to do with Houston, fu-ck outta here lol
Comment by paul on June 14, 2014 at 6:36am
H town getting a huge L for giving a day to this lame called Drake. It's understandable if he got a day from whichever city in Canada he came from. But Houston, really? SMFH! Pimp C rolling in his grave.
Comment by King JBZ on June 14, 2014 at 3:12am
I'm from da H..SW to b exact (fondren/bissonnet) and Scareface dont even have his own day, and Drake gets 1???oooooh kay…. I'm moving to CALI..or Denver.
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on June 13, 2014 at 6:58pm
Droopy drakes was sent to Houston to be groomed under j. Prince juss like wiggy azalea was sent to ATL to be groomed under t.i. to get them rap ready...so tha hiphop market would accept them...they BOTH suck gorilla t!ts and is frauds!!
Comment by Lord cezar on June 13, 2014 at 5:04pm
If u aint from hosuton or dont have drake old mixtape dont even open ur mouth ..Dude rep houston since day 1 ...I actually commend Mayor anise parker . June 15 is Drake day.
Comment by George on June 13, 2014 at 3:35pm
Pretty lame considering all the rap legends actually from Houston. But its cool Drake at least gives back
Comment by Them504boyz on June 13, 2014 at 3:13pm
Drake reps houston just so he can feel like he has street cred. Pimp c in heaven like
Damn these ho-mos took. Over

Damn shame.
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on June 13, 2014 at 2:40pm
Well if Donnald sterlin could get 2 NAACP lifetime achievement awards, then droopy D could get his own day in a state and a country where he not from as long as tha right palms get greazed like tye lamez on jerggins lotion night!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on June 13, 2014 at 2:37pm
Tye LAMEZ you still clonin and not bonin negga!!?? Dat negga tye lamez scared to pull his d!ck out in front of betches!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on June 13, 2014 at 2:33pm
Dat negga Drakes is O.G. (Overly Goofy)!!



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