Drake Kicks Off HAW at Minute Maid Park
Houston appreciation weekend has officially started
Taylor Berry | 6/13/2014, 10:29 a.m. | Updated on 6/13/2014, 10:29 a.m.
Houston Appreciation Weekend, also known as “HAW”, officially started as Drake presented the celebration at Thursday night’s Astros game. This weekend Drake is celebrating his favorite city in the world. It may seem strange that Drake loves Houston so much since he is actually from Toronto, Canada, but he has a lot of ties here. This city is where it all started for him. Drake signed his first deal with Lil Wayne while he was in Houston. He sold out his first show five years ago at Warehouse live in Houston, so the city holds a lot of first for him.
Drake has turned this whole celebration into something that gives back to the community. He kicked off the 3-day weekend event with an appearance at Minute Maid Park, where he hosted 50 kids from the Astros Urban Youth and RBI program for a meet-and-greet. Drake provided the kids with dinner and tickets to the game. He also teamed up with Rockcorps, an organization that allows you to give four hours of community and receive a free ticket to the concert when you have finished. Volunteering with this organization was the only way to attend Drake’s performance. He is also hosting a charity basketball game Sunday to wrap up the weekend. You can really see how much pride he has for this city.
Drake has a lot of respect for Houston and what it has to offer. "It's just a culture that exists here unlike anywhere else. It's about how proud people are to be from Houston”, said Drake. He even compared it to a Jamaican’s pride for their land. "You go to Jamaica, and all anyone wants to talk about is Jamaica”, he said. "All they want to do is listen to music from Jamaica, they're going to tell you where the best places are to eat food in Jamaica." Drake continued, "Houston is a lot like that. They're very proud of the culture here. You can play the biggest rap record in the world, but nothing's going to get more of a reaction than something that's classic Houston music, and I love that. It shows a loyalty to me", Drake noted.
At the start of Drake’s career, he made a song “November 18th” which is actually about Houston. “I was really nervous because I made a song for a city that I wasn't from, a brand of music that didn't necessarily belong to me because I'm from Canada, and I got accepted. The people listened to it, they loved it, and they made it one of their anthems", said Drake.
Now five years later Drake is taking it back to where it all started to celebrate the city that showed him so much love and support when he was just starting out. Clearly Drake has a lot of love for Houston since it is forever on his body. “ Houston is really important to me… I have it tattooed on my skin and in my heart,” said Drake.