Drake Debuts Kanye West-Directed “Best I Ever Had” Video
Drake’s new video for his debut hit “Best I Ever Had” was posted on Kanye West’s blog today, with Yeezy himself serving as director on the vid. “Best I Ever Had” seems like it takes its plot line from chapter three of the Official Book of Porn Scenarios, with Drake starring as the high school coach of a voluptuous female basketball team. The girls stretch and dress in a steamy locker room as Drake raps in the Coach’s Office and the gymnasium stairwell. There’s a lot of slow motion running, a la Baywatch. On an intellectual level, the video makes Drake’s old show DeGrassi: The Next Generation seem like Masterpiece Theatre.
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You can tell West is a relatively novice filmmaker, breaking the cinematic principle 180 degree rule a couple times during the clip, but for the most part he establishes that he has a pretty keen cinematic eye. (He definitely does better than music video vet Dave Meyers’ performance on Britney Spears’ “Radar” video.) Drake comes off as a burgeoning comic actor as well, comparing his ill-prepared team of buxom misfits to the Mighty Ducks and telling them not to let him down like the Ducks didn’t let Emilio Estevez down.
As Rock Daily reported yesterday, the much-in-demand Drake finally inked a record contract with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Records, a pretty obvious choice considering Weezy had taken Drizzy under his wing in recent months. Universal will distribute the debut LP. Drake will also be a part of Wayne’s America’s Most Wanted tour later this year. For much more on Drake, check out Rolling Stone‘s feature on the upcoming rapper, Drake’s Big Break: Lil Wayne’s Protege Graduates From Degrassi to Hip-Hop.