Plenty of rap artists have had their debut release go through the hype machine, but how many arrive with songs already complaining about the price of fame? Toronto native Drake*, 23, might just be the first, as his popularity is already through the roof thanks to some famous friends and a big single (2009's "The Best I Ever Had").
And yes, the artist born Aubrey Graham chose a great stage name, don't you think?
Drake's debut release, Thank Me Later, dropped last week to critical raves and features a star-studded guest list, with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., Young Jeezy and Lil' Wayne. To promote the release, the former DeGrassi High star is making appearances on The Tonight Show on Wednesday, Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday and a special performance on the 2010 BET AWARDS on Sunday night. On top of that, MTV is airing a documentary Wednesday night entitled Drake: Better Than Good Enough. This week is turning out to be just like my life -- all Drake, all the time.
Meanwhile, what should be the crown jewel of the re-launched VH1 franchise Behind the Music debuts this Monday, and it just might be required viewing. Courtney Love has always had a reputation for being a bit crazy, and the two hours spent watching this show do nothing to dissuade one from that opinion. In fact, she just might be even more insane that we originally thought. Trainwrecks like this make for good TV, but at a certain point, it becomes kind of sad. Take a look below at this uncensored clip pulled from the spectacle and form your own opinion (warning: foul language).
Finally, this Friday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, so there will be a few (too many) pieces on the former King of Pop, including the debut of a documentary called Gone Too Soon on TV Guide Network. The two-hour special comes from writer/director Ian Halperin, who predicted Jackson's death six months prior and wrote the 2009 New York Times best-selling book Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson.
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