Justin Bieber helped Drake fulfil a "childhood dream" over the weekend.
The rapper joined the "Boyfriend" singer as he headlined the 60,000 capacity Rogers Centre - originally named the SkyDome - in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, on Saturday.
Justin - who also hails from the state of Ontario in Canada - was joined by the rapper for "Right Here" from his Believe album, after which Drake told the crowd, "I'll tell you, there's very few people I met in the world that are as talented and as incredible as this young man right here. I want to thank you for letting me live a childhood dream, which is my first opportunity to perform at the SkyDome. So thank you, my man."
Drake, 26, then stayed on stage for a version of his track "The Motto," with Justin, 18, taking lines originally rapped by Lil Wayne.
Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs).
The two singers are each in the running for four awards, with Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher following narrowly behind with three nods apiece.
Justin, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake and Katy Perry will battle it out for the coveted Artist of the Year prize, while J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are all up for New Artist of the Year.
Nicki's four nominations are for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist - Rap/ Hip Hop, Favorite Album - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Rap/ Hip Hop for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. As well as Artist of the Year, Rihanna is also up for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B for Talk That Talk.
Drake has slammed Chris Brown in his new single "Enough Said."
The rapper's latest track features previously unheard vocals by late R&B singer Aaliyah and has angered fans who have accused him of using the song as a vehicle to diss his love rival Chris.
"Running through the city with n****s I'd give a kidney/ Selling under 150 you n****s got to be kidding/ Is this even still a discussion?/ Don't you ever wake up disgusted?" Drake raps. The line has been perceived as a dig at Chris' mediocre album sales after his latest offering Fortune sold 135,000 copies in its first week while Drake's Take Care shifted 600,000.
Fans took to Twitter in a rage after hearing the song, which has been released to honor the anniversary of Aaliyah's tragic death in a plane crash. "I love Drake but not sure reworking Aaliyah for 10 year anniversary and 'dissing' Chris Brown in it is really in the right spirit!" @Cazba21 posted. @In_Boss_U_Trust asked, "Is the Drake song with Aaliyah in it really a diss to Chris Brown cuz if so, that's disrespectful."
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Drake has no interest in making dance music. The 25-year-old rapper insists he would rather make a club track with "integrity and soul" than collaborate with artists such as French producer David Guetta.
"For me, the David Guetta stuff just doesn't work. I don't really wanna go there. There's other artists, that's their sound. They feel in order to thrive internationally that they gotta do straightforward, four on the flour, David Guetta, Pitbull music. For me, I'd rather go to somebody like Jamie xx and tell him, 'Look, I really wanna turn the club upside down, but I wanna do it with integrity, with soul.'"
Justin Bieber says there isn't a lot of rapping on his new album. The 18-year-old singer can be heard talking/rapping on his latest track "Boyfriend," but he insists his upcoming third LP Believe is still a traditional pop record.
"There's not a lot of rapping on the album. As people know, I'm a singer, and I don't want to get people confused with that, but it's something that I love to do, so you guys will definitely hear more of it," he told MTV News.
On "Boyfriend" the verses are performed in a rap style by Bieber and the lyrics include the lines "If I was your boyfriend, I'd never let you go/ I can take you places you ain't never been before/ Baby take a chance or you'll never ever know/ I got money in my hands that I'd really like to blow/ Swag swag swag, on you."
The music superstar has collaborated with several big names on the record, including Timbaland, Drake and Lil Wayne.
Drake wants his "purpose on earth" to be being "iconic." The 25-year-old rapper admits his main career ambition is for his music to stand the test of time and still be remembered in years to come.
Discussing a lyric to his track "Lord Knows" - in which he raps, "I'm a descendent of either Marley or Hendrix/ I haven't figured it out cause my story is far from finished" - he said, "I didn't really say I was the rap Hendrix or Marley, I said I was the descendant. Because I feel like that's what I want to be for this generation: iconic. That's the purpose I want to serve on this earth. I want my words to be remembered in 10, 15 years."
The "Marvin's Room" hitmaker believes his popularity is down to the fact he doesn't rely on any "gimmicks" or feel the need to create a different persona for his music: "I don't really have a gimmick or a 'thing.' I'm one of the few artists who gets to be himself every day. It doesn't take me six hours to get ready, and I don't have to wake up in the morning and remember to act like this or talk like that. I just have to be me. And people really like that."
Justin Bieber and Drake will record together next month. The "Find Your Love" rapper is "excited" about collaborating with 17-year-old singing sensation Justin for a track to go on his forthcoming third album, Believe.
"Me and Justin are going in the studio in January to work on his new album, so I'm excited about that. That's definitely gotta be one of the most talented kids doing music right now," Drake told a crowd on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Justin previously revealed Drake would be among a number of "cool" artists he had lined up to work on his next record: "I'm working with a lot of cool people. I'm working with Kanye. Drake is gonna work on the album with me and a lot of different artists."
While Justin is pleased with the stars who will feature on his next album, he has previously admitted he would most like to record a track with his girlfriend, Disney starlet Selena Gomez: "Maybe I'd sing with Selena, I've heard all of her new stuff and it's amazing. I would also love to work with Will.i.am as well as Jay-Z on a cool, fun record."
Drake tries not to offend women with his raps out of respect for his mother. The "Make Me Proud" rapper was raised largely by his mother by after she and his father split when he was young, and she taught him to always treat the opposite sex with utmost respect.
"My mother made me truly appreciate women. I obviously make sex-driven, darker, sexier music, but I try not to offend women. It's not in my character. And my father was basically a reverse-role model for me. I'm dying to be a great dad one day, whenever that day comes. Other than that, it was hard just growing up with my mom and watching her fight for me to have a good childhood. It was tough to watch."
The 25-year-old rapper claims his wordplay and musical approach have been greatly influenced by Kanye West and Outkast's Andre 3000, who he feels changed the boundaries of rap in the last decade:
Drake wishes Justin Bieber had kept the swearing in his remix of the rapper's track "Trust Issues." The "Over" hitmaker had expected the 17-year-old singer's take on the song to be the "transformation" of the star, and was surprised when he heard the cleaned-up edit.
"I wish he would've left all the cuss words in it. I feel like that would've been so [gangsta], if he would've done all the swearing. I was excited when I heard he remixed it, because there was like a gang of swearing in that song. I was like, 'Oh, we're about to hear the transformation of Bieber,'" Drake said.
Among the changes Justin made to the track were amending the line "F**k it, I'm on one" to "You know I'm on one" and altering a lyric referring to bitches and drinking. In the original, Drake sings, "You know what I'm sippin'/ I teach you how to mix it/ But you're the only one, 'cause I don't trust these bitches." The remix instead features the line "You just need to listen/ Teach you how to fix it/ 'Cause you're the only one, because I don't trust these women."
Despite the changes, Drake thinks it is "incredible" that the Never Say Never hitmaker tackled the song: "He's like a talented kid ... from Canada, so to hear him even remix that song is crazy. That's incredible."
It looks like Drake will be working with Florence + the Machine in the future.
The "Forever" rapper was joined onstage by flamed haired singer Florence Welch when he played in London on Saturday night, fueling rumors of a collaboration.
Florence -- who is presently writing her second album -- had gone to the rapper's show the previous evening as a fan. That is when Drake reportedly approached the singer about a duet.
The pair originally met each other at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles last year and have stayed in contact since.
When Welch performed with Drake, Florence sang the part recorded by Alicia Keys in the track "Fireworks," from Drake's debut album Thank Me Later. (See video above.)
Florence, will tour the US starting in May as an opening act for U2 on their 360 degree tour.
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