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Drake & Kanye West Compete For Billboards

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Drake & Kanye’s Billboard Battle 

For a while now we have been anticipating the release of “Certified Lover Boy” (CLB)by Drake. For months now drake has been promoting his album that will be released on September 3, this Friday. Drake has been putting in a lot of work promoting his album in his home in city Toronto. Chris has been sending his crew out to give a race free swag from his OVO brand and graphics relating to the upcoming CLB album. 

Drake is known for releasing his album right in the beginning of summer. Most of his albums usually contain a hot or two that is constantly played throughout the summer and the year. His hits are usually called the “Summer Anthem”. However, due to the artist being impacted by the corona virus he was forced to push his CLB album back. Drake is now healthy and ready for his release date; the rapper spares no expense when it comes to getting a buzz and getting his fans excited about his new music and projects. Drake has even gone out to renting a major billboard real estate in Yonge Street Dundas Square; to continuously promote his highly anticipated album. 

Tossing out T-shirts to unexpecting pedestrians on Monday night was a flame gesture compared to the flashy ads on the massive billboard screens at the well-known intersection which is Dundas Square. There billboards were plastered with lyrics from his tracks on the upcoming album. These included lines like “should’ve said you loved me today because tomorrow is a new day”, “something other than me has got to give”, and “I don’t miss, let alone miss you”. These lyrics have already made their way on social media and used in various memes and as caption under picture. This is exactly what the Rapper and his team wanted to happen for the album. 

Drake’s billboards were a bit intimate but also allows intrigue. But if you wait around for a little while as the slides flip from one to the other you would notice Kanye’s ad for his album “DONDA”. Like Drakes billboards, Kanye’s are simple and bold, with just “DONDA” coarse and solid black capital letters on an unambiguous white background. Kanye’s album was released August 29th, despite the fact he stated his album would be released on September 3rd, the same day as Drakes “CLB” album. 

It is known that Dundas Square is Toronto’s very own “Times Square”, and which makes it the most logical place for any artist to want to use it as a promotion tactic.  It makes a lot of sense that both musicians chose that location to promote their latest work. Due to social media the ostensible beef between them makes the timing and location of the ads even more interesting and intriguing to the audience and fans. 

The battle of the sales is still on and fans are excited to see who wins. 

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RAPCAPTO: TOP 10 Toronto Female Hip-Hop – Feb. 25th 2022

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RapCapTO is your trusted source of streaming charts for Unsigned Toronto Hip Hop. We filter out fake streams to give you a clear picture of Toronto Top Talent and provide a fair playing field for all independent artists.

For Toronto Female Hip Hop not a lot changed since last week. Paris Richards is gaining more separation from other artists.

ArtistToronto Listeners

1. Jully Black – 6,891

2. Paris Richards – 5,467

3. Tara Lord – 4,167

4. Haviah Mighty – 3,386

5. Dutchess – 3,244

6. Leila Dey – 1,616

7. Tia Bank$ – 1,346

8. Liyah – 1,315

9. Keysha Fresh – 1,117

10. DvblM – 982

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RAPCAPTO: TOP 10 Toronto Male Hip-Hop – Feb. 25th 2022

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RapCapTO is your trusted source of streaming charts for Unsigned Toronto Hip Hop. We filter out fake streams to give you a clear picture of Toronto Top Talent and provide a fair playing field for all independent artists.

For Toronto Male Hip Hop Burna Bandz closing in on Houdini to take the top spot. Burna is also the hottest artist in the city right now in terms of gains. Houdini held top spot all of 2021.

ArtistToronto Listeners

1. Houdini – 78,644

2. Burna Bandz – 78,163

3. NorthSideBenji – 66,510

4. 88GLAM – 46,610

5. 3MFrench – 43,766

6. Pengz – 41,836

7. Why G – 40,267

8. Duvy – 36,551

9. Roney – 36,523

10. Casper TNG – 35,403

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Daves Hot Chicken Partners With Drake

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Daves Hot Chicken Partners With Drake & Samuel L. Jackson

After announcing that his recent album Certified Lover Boy is number one on the billboard top 200 for the second week in a row and acquiring 849,000 units all in the same time. Today was humbling when it was announced that Drake purchased a minority stake in Dave’s Hot Chicken. For most of you who are not familiar with Dave’s chicken spot; it originally started as a simple idea of turning Nashville Hot chicken and tuning the recipe to make it better than any other chicken spot. With a little money to their name the owners create a pop-up concept in a parking lot somewhere in East Hollywood. Their first menu consisted of simple tenders, fries, sliders, and kale slaw. The company then became viral and was always filled with very long lines.  After 6 months of consistent pop-up shops and everyday being filled with long lines the team then decided to take the risk of opening their first physical store in 2018. The co-founder, Dave, a chef trained and developed his skills in Thomas Keller’s Bouchon restaurant organization came up with a simple and delicious process of creating the best chicken. His idea was to take the best quality chicken, prepare the chicken in a proprietary brine, and after deep frying; top the most tender chicken in the world with one of seven signature spice blends.

Dave’s Hot Chicken chain has locations in Los Angeles and Toronto; two of Drakes favorite city. Drake has already invested in the food industry before when he invested into plant-based chicken earlier in 2021. This would be his second food investment when investing in Dave’s Hot Chicken. 

Drake is not the only celebrity who as notice the growth of Dave’s and has taken the chance to invest into the company. Tom Werner of the Boston Red Sox and famously knowns Samuel L. Jackson is also a major investor into this fast-growing company.  Dave currently has 22 locations open but also planning on adding 25 more locations in Houston and Chicago. 

Drake posted a picture of himself digging into some Dave’s Hot Chicken earlier this year and let’s just say they passed the taste test. This hastened his minority ownership investment. A co-sign from Drake is a big deal for any business; especially with all the accomplishments Drake has helped so many people with over the years. 

Drake also made a statement to solidify his endorsement by stating “I tried the food, and it was amazing.  After meeting the founders and hearing their story, I jumped at the opportunity to invest.” 

Drake owns less than 50 percent of the company; but it is evident that his celebrity status and public acknowledgment of the company is more than enough to maintain the successful growth of Dave’s Hot Chicken

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