Drake Wants to Start Making Movies 6 Months a Year


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Drake and Will Ferrell share a laugh on the red carpet.
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Not content with playing to packed out stadiums, accepting Grammy awards and racking up more Billboard Hot 100 singles than the Beatles, Drake has a plan for more than one dance on the silver screen. As he recently told

The Hotline Bling artist is no stranger to the world of acting. His eight season stint as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation ended only when the producers found out he was working on his music career and forced the actor to choose. Life on Degrassi or life in the music biz?

Thankfully for us, he pursued music. But it looks like Drake’s ready to get back into film and television, though maybe not in the way we think.

The Drake Effect

Drake’s most recent foray into film premiered during the recent 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Sean Menard The Carter Effect is a documentary about another of Toronto’s favoured sons, NBA legend Vince Carter.

Carter, who played for the Toronto Raptors from 1998 to 2004, was a huge inspiration for the teenage Aubrey Drake Graham. The Raptors had only been around for a few years when ‘Vinsanity’ took hold, turning the normally hockey mad city into hoop loving high flyers. The Carter Effect captures these moments, as well as Carter’s heartbreaking departure from the team through a series of interview pieces.

Everyone from ‘Captain Canada’ Steve Nash and Carter’s cousin (and teammate) Tracy McGrady to Toronto based rapper Kardinal Offishall and Drake producer Boi 1-da lend their voices to the documentary. But it’s Drake’s presence, both as a producer and in the documentary that makes The Carter Effect something special.

It’s telling though, that during the festival premier it’s Drake who did all the talking. At The Carter Effect premier the rapper got up on stage to praise the 40 year old basketballer:

"It just let me know that it was possible. It was confidence. It was the realization that it was attainable. This guy could come over here and lift us up. Imagine if it was one of us that could make it out there."

Content Papi

For Drake, The Carter Effect is just the tip of the iceberg. Along with frequent collaborator Future, the Toronto based rapper has a number of projects in the works.

Rumours include a TV project with Steve Golin of Mr. Robot and True Detective fame and a potential film collaboration with rising studio A24 (Moonlight and Ex Machina, among others). But the big news is what Drake might do for Apple’s content plays.

Drake and the fruit company already have a close relationship. Views was the first album to top 1 billion plays on Apple Music. VP of Content Robert Kondrk is even on record as saying “Drake almost single-handedly helped us become culturally relevant from the day we launched.”

Combine this strong relationship with Apple’s untapped billions, primed for new and potentially exclusive content and it’s easy to see how Drake could become a major player in the company’s future content plans.

For now though, we’ll just have to be content with Degrassi reruns and guest spots on SNL.

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