[UPDATE:] Drake tweeted on Tuesday morning that he and James Prince “stand together on not supporting the Drake Homecoming footage in theaters.” Drizzy clearly wanted to make sure that there was no beef between James and Jas.
Drake took to Twitter on Monday to let fans know that he has no connection with a forthcoming concert film called, Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage.
“The Drake Homecoming film is not something OVO or Drake have any part in. I feel it is my responsibility to inform and protect my fans,” he tweeted.
Drake’s publicist followed up with the following statement:
“To reiterate, OVO and Drake have had no creative input into this unauthorized film project and it is nothing to do with them in any way. Obviously Drake and OVO only put out music and video/ film that is of the highest quality for their brand and what their fans have come to expect and do not want any fans to buy into something that has not come from them.”
The film, set to release in select theaters on Thursday, March 19th, shows footage of a 23-year-old Drake performing during Toronto’s Sound Academy in 2009, prior to him signing with Young Money.
And although Drake denies being connected to the project, a source tells TMZ that Drizzy signed off on a contract stating that “he was paid $15k for the performance” and that if “footage from the concert was used for any future projects — like a movie — Drake would get 15% of the profits.”
The film is executive produced by Christina Milian’s ex-fiancé Jas Prince and Fathom Events.
“When I first listened to Drake I had no idea he was on a hit show, I just fell in love with his sound and talent,” Prince said in a press release back in February. “It was unique and like nothing I had ever heard before. I told him during our first conversation I would make him a star. This film documents the beginning of that journey.”
When announcing the film, Fathom’s vice president of programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens explained in a statement that “Drake is an incredibly talented and dynamic performer. We are extremely pleased to bring this newly unearthed concert footage to movie theaters nationwide. The exciting part of this piece is that it features Drake at a breakthrough moment in his young career in the rarified air and company of his hometown fans in Toronto.”
Neither party has responded to Drake’s denying involvement in the film.
HipHollywood reached out to the rapper’s legal team and are waiting on word back.
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