After giving his fans a chance to watch the premiere of the "Miss Me" music video, Drake reached out to his fans -- literally -- during a Ustream webcast from his Toronto apartment Thursday night (Aug. 19). The rapper used the webcasting service for an hour to announce the title of his forthcoming R&B mixtape and a "Welcome Home Weezy" concert, show off his Toronto apartment and dial a handful of lucky fans on his Blackberry.
Drake struggled to launch the Ustream for nearly half an hour, but he was ready to answer fan questions once overcoming the technical difficulties. "Ustream is like the new press conference," he said. "I put this [black hoodie] on and sprayed cologne as if you can smell it. It's really as if we're meeting in person."
After answering questions about his mom ("I love her... I might see her tonight") and the pressures he feels as an artist ("Every night I go to sleep, it's like, 'I gotta get better'... I gotta come back with an album that's way better than 'Thank Me Later,' that's way better than 'So Far Gone'"), Drizzy said that his free R&B mixtape will be called "It's Never Enough," and that there is no release date but it will come out "soon." He also said that he is working on his second album and hopes to have it out next year.
As for his incarcerated mentor Lil' Wayne, Drake announced that a "Welcome Home Weezy" concert is set for Nov. 5, but couldn't say where it would be. "You might as well just camp out at all different locations," Drake said. "That's gonna be crazy, the real deal."
Drake also talked about the video for "Miss Me," which premiered last night at 8 PM EST on MTV immediately before the Ustream. The stylish clip features performance scenes in which the rapper stares up at a woman seductively dancing toward him, while Lil' Wayne delivers his guest verse in silhouette form. Drizzy told his Ustream audience that a video for "Thank Me Later" track "Fancy" was due out in a few weeks as well.
The rapper later gave a tour of his apartment, showing off his new chandelier and dimly lit patio. He also flipped through nearly every page of "The Big Butt Book," a picture book of "big booties" that is a fixture on his coffee table, while sipping a glass of Pinot Grigio.
However, the highlight of the Ustream came when Drake asked his watchers to send in their phone numbers and promptly dialed a half-dozen fans. One young girl breathlessly offered to drive the rapper to his upcoming concert in Miami, while a New Jersey fan introduced Drake to her brother, a 10-year-old aspiring rapper.
"You gonna be a rapper? I hope you're ready, man!" Drake told the boy. "You gotta study, you gotta be smart to be a rapper. You gotta work hard to be a rapper, you gotta keep the words flowing. You gotta finish that school up, and you could just change the world being a rapper, so I hope you're coming out here talking about positive things, man."
Before he signed off, Drake explained that he was using the Ustream to stay connected to his fans and give them a chance to see him as a normal person. "Just know, look me in my eye, you haven't lost me yet," the rapper said. "I know sometimes they try to drive a wedge between the artist and the listener, or sometimes wealth and success drives a wedge between me and you... I'm still here for you. I still want to do this mixtape shit, I still want to rap my heart out, I still want to represent the youth and tell you about my life, and hopefully touch on some subjects that's going on in your life. I just wanted to let you know, you haven't lost me to this game yet, and I don't think you ever will."