LOS ANGELES — It’s hard to disagree with Jamie Foxx when he calls Drake the rookie of the year.
The host of Sunday’s 2009 BET Awards bestowed the distinct honor upon the upstart MC when he introduced Drake, one of the last performers of the night. The pair, Foxx and Drake, had performed together just weeks ago on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
Drake might have had to perform sitting, but he didn’t disappoint. He launched into his breakout hit, “Best I Ever Had,” sporting a burgundy cardigan, jeans and an all-around casual look. But the rapper was restricted to sitting on a stool for his performance as he recently suffered a knee injury, reportedly a torn ACL.
The crowd, however, rose to their feet for the Toronto-based star.
After one quick verse, Drake then introduced his lyrical mentor Lil Wayne and the Young Money crew. The collective kicked things off with their new anthem, “Every Girl in the World.” The young rappers onstage, Drizzy, Gudda Gudda, and Mack Maine, then gave way for Cash Money head Baby as he and Weezy performed their new track, “Always Strapped.”
Drake is as yet unsigned, but the much-hyped rapper is expected to announce which record label he’s joining very soon.
In the interim, he’s worked with Mary J. Blige and he’s rumored to be appearing on Jay-Z’s not-yet-titled forthcoming single from The Blueprint 3.
“The Mary thing was set up as a single,” he told MTV News earlier this month. “The Jay thing, I don’t now how official that is. I just read that on the Internet. But it’s cool. I’m glad the work I’m doing is something that people are even considering putting out as a single. ‘Cause singles, you have to be confident in those songs when you’re talking about singles. It’s great. I’m glad that I’m delivering for people.”