Drake Brings Mom to Toronto Raptors’ Game on “Drake Night,” Answers “Hotline …

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“Drake Night” still surreal for Toronto rapper.

TORONTO – It’s been three years since the first annual instalment of “Drake Night” at Air Canada Centre, but the Canadian rapper behind the event still can’t believe it’s happening. “This is surreal,” Toronto-born Drake said prior to the Raptors’ 103-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. “Even though it’s my name it’s something we always do for the city.Toronto councillor and Twitter star Norm Kelly showed off some pretty nifty dance moves Wednesday morning in a tribute to rapper Drake’s Hotline Bling video.

In a now-deleted discussion thread, 4chan users planned the execution of “Operation Drake,” a hoax aimed at convincing the Internet that Drake had died. Kelly — whose Twitter prowess is now legendary — got inside the coloured cube featured in Drizzy’s viral video to shake and shimmy beside the Toronto Raptors’ mascot. “I thought [the video] was outside of the context of most rap videos,” he said. “A lot of performers imitate what’s already there and he’s a true artist in that he’s willing to do things that are new and original and different.” The Hotline Bling box is set up inside the ACC’s Galleria just outside Gate One, giving fans a chance to do their best impression of Drake, or @norm, until 7:30 p.m. Yes it’s named after me but it’s definitely dedicated to the city of Toronto.” Fans at the game were given free black and gold Drake-inspired t-shirts and headbands, which the rapper and his clothing line/record label OVO designed. When the relatively low-key music video for Hotline Bling was released last month, it instantly caused a sensation, sparking the creation countless GIFS and an online meme featuring his exaggerated dance moves. (This one might be the best): Basically, here’s what happened: 4channers started posting comments on the official YouTube version of the Canadian rapper’s video for “Hotline Bling,” offering condolences for Drake’s (fake) death.

He even helped design the Raptors’ alternate gold and black jersey, new this season, which he unveiled at his OVO Fest concert in Toronto over the summer. So now, a full day after this whole thing got underway, the top comments on “Hotline Bling,” now with 17 million views, are a bunch of “RIP Drake” messages. Someone wrote a Buzzfeed community post “reporting” Drake’s death in a fatal car crash, and that post fell into the Internet’s distribution machine – until the post was eventually deleted (the URL now displays an editor’s note explaining that “a BuzzFeed community user posted a false claim about the musician Drake to this space”).

As long as we have wonderful guys like Masai (Ujiri, the Raptors general manager) here, I’m sure the partnership will grow and blossom.” Drake, who was at Staples Centre last week to watch the Raptors easily beat the lowly Lakers, said he wasn’t too concerned with the stiffer competition for Wednesday’s game. “LeBron’s like my brother,” Drake said. “He’s one of my closest friends in the world. Right now, it’s a Raptors thing.” One of many Canadians to dominate the Billboard charts recently — his latest single “Hotline Bling” is currently No. 3 on the Top 100 behind Adele’s “Hello” and Stratford, Ont., native Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” — Drake said he was thrilled to be able to watch a number of Canadians thriving in the NBA as well.

This isn’t even the first death hoax involving Drake – he was the victim of mildly successful death hoaxes at least twice in 2012. 4Chan’s users have a long history of using the Internet’s speed against itself, to spread false information as far as it will go.

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