via Word on Road
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
As his annual OVO Fest concert in Toronto approaches this weekend, Drake is putting his hometown pride in ink. Drizzy recently got a huge tattoo of “416,” a Toronto area code, on his right side according to his official fan site Word On The Road, which had a work-in-progress photo of the rapper getting inked up.
Some of his fans were ecstatic, sharing sentiments like ” S.E.X.Y” and “Toronto with me that’s mayor s—.” while others preferred their Drake more bare, “Whyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!! No more tattooooos.”
Drake has always had an interesting relationship with ink in that, compared to other rappers like his YMCMB boss Lil’ Wayne, he is largely tattoo-free. The OVO head’s most famous body art is undoubtedly the Aaliyah tattoo emblazoned on his back.
Last year, a photo circulated of the rapper-shirtless on a basketball court with some friends-sporting a striking image of R&B star Aaliyah on the left side of his back. Drizzy has shown his ongoing affinity for the singer/actress, who died in a fatal plane crash in August 2001, with references of her life in his music, penning a letter for Aaliyah on last year’s anniversary of her death and most recently, being allegedly tapped to executive produce her new album
Amid a hectic touring schedule, Drake has also spent his summer accomplishing another dream–getting his high school diploma. In a recent interview with Now Toronto he shared that he’s only one credit shy of graduation and following OVO Fest, he’s going to focus his efforts on completion. “That’s my main focus after OVO Fest. I only have one credit left, and I’m really excited about that.”