Get ready to be singing this hook over and over all summer long: “Baby you the best, baby you the best… best I ever had…”
I am a huge R&B fan. Growing up outside of Detroit (AKA Windsor, ON) I was fortunate enough to have early exposure to Hip Hop, Rap, Old Skool jams and my all time favourite RnB.
Commonly as a youth, Anita Baker and DeBarge were heard in my home (at least while Dad was at work). Mom was a fitness instructor and would plan out her aerobics while I played the role of ghetto blaster DJ. I’d sit on the floor rewinding music clips that she would teach the class, get the next cassette tape ready and such. I worked for candy, part time doing this from the ages of 5-8.
But, I digress (it’s the Rose Nylund in me).
Fast forward to this past weekend’s MMVA’s, which my radio station sent me to cover and escort contest winners. In the press room, I was able to be a part of the “circuit”, where performers/stars like Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Perez Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Brody Jenner, and Girlicious all came through for interviews (the Jonas Brothers were too busy hosting the show).
The way these things work is if you have a question after the main interviewer-my girlfriend Tracy Melchor- has done a 1-on-1 with the star, you raise your hand and hope that yours is picked. Often there’s time for 1-2 inquiries from the audience before the next person is ushered through.
This is where I had to decide who I wanted to talk too. To be really frank, most of the “reality stars” are so pompous and “Stepford” with their responses that I could give a rat’s ass. The musicians are cool, but the uber popular ones get the most amount of attention and I didn’t want to be like the kid in 4th grade reaching so high up that my arm popped out of its socket.
The one person who I love and wanted to talk to is an up-and-comer named Drake. Canadian fans may know him as Aubrey “Drake” Graham after appearing in Degrassi: The Next Generation. He’s an actor/rapper/song writer, and lately has been “close” to Rihanna. His new single is getting major adds, called “Best I Ever Had”. The video has just been filmed and was directed by Kanye West, co-produced by Jay-Z. The first time I’d ever heard of him, was on an amazing Toronto compilation of Canadian R&B/Hip Hop/Rap artists by a producer named “Slakah The BeatChild” (finally available on iTunes as of June 11th).
Drake was sweet, and sexy… and I knew that everyone was going to get on the Rihanna bandwagon (“Are you guys dating?… Blah blah blah”.) Instead, I told him how much I liked his work with Slakah and I asked about the progression of working with bigger and bigger stars. Perhaps there were some upcoming duets with some of them? Kanye? Jay-Z? Rihanna? And, could he give us some insight (*** Side note- that’s how you sneak it in, provide facts that aren’t solely the tabloid stuff***.)
He was gracious and said plans were in the works (on a personal note, he also said: “Well, that’s one heck of a radio voice!”)
With over 10 million hits in less than 6 months on YouTube, take a listen and get ready to see this Toronto born professional with passion go to #1! “Best I Ever Had”