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Drake tour has no Future – could result in litigation

By | Published on Wednesday 16 October 2013


According to reports, Drake has kicked fellow rapper Future off his upcoming North American tour after his support act dissed his new album to Billboard.

Asked about Drake’s new LP ‘Nothing Was The Same’, Future allegedly told Billboard Associate Editor Erika Ramirez in a recent interview: “Drake made an album that is full of hits, but it doesn’t grab you. They’re not possessive; they don’t make you feel the way I do. I’ve been on the songs of all these rappers that put out an album, and my music is still better”.

Presumably recognising that these were not wise words to be associated with when you’re about to head out of a massive live trek of the US and Canada with Drake, Future took to Twitter to distance himself from the remarks, stating: “Respect to Billboard, disappointed on being misquoted… always love for my fam Drizzy Drake”. Meanwhile his manager said the remarks were given ‘off the record’ during his conversation with Ramirez, and that the quote had been presented out of context in the Billboard interview.

But, despite the backtracking, it seems the damage was done. Or at least that’s the gossip. Reports suggest Drake reacted angrily to the Billboard interview and demanded Future be sacked from the tour. Though in subsequent negotiations it was reportedly suggested Drake would actually reconsider if Future agreed to some sort of financial compensation for his remarks, at which point it was the support act who walked.

Quite how much truth there is in all this isn’t clear, though latest reports suggest Future has now handed the matter to his lawyers, and a lawsuit for lost earnings could now follow. Meanwhile a spokesman for Billboard told reporters: “We regret that miscommunication surrounding Future’s recent visit, one that seemed clear to us was on the record, may have caused any trouble for the artist”.