Rapper claimed 'Drake's Homecoming' is unauthorised days before release
Producers of Drake’s Homecoming are strongly countering the rapper’s claims and have reportedly threatened to respond with a $15 million (£10m) lawsuit.
Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage is built around a 2009 Drake concert at Toronto’s Sound Academy. Featuring a then 22 year-old Drake, the documentary boasts footage “previously believed lost and destroyed”. Watch the documentary trailer below.
Producers of the film claim Drake has known about plans to bring the film to screens since November 2014 and also approved an early trailer.
According to a contract obtained by the LA Times, Drake agreed for the concert to be filmed and was paid a $15,000 cash fee and promised a 15% profit royalty.
A month after the 2009 concert was filmed Drake signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money.
‘Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage’ co-executive producer Mark Berry commented: “Fifteen percent back when he was nobody… and [$15,000] handed to him in a paper bag, that’s a lot. But I think he wants a higher percentage of the movie.
“From what we’ve seen, a lot of fans think it’s a ridiculous scenario that he’s not a part of a movie that he’s performing in.”
The contract also detailed that if Drake’s 2009 concert sold out (which it did), he would play another show for $5,000. This second show has yet to take place.
“We can drag him into a stadium tomorrow if we wanted to,” added Berry. “Personally, I think he should honor his commitments. Even if he does a show and the proceeds go to charity, doesn’t matter to us.”
“Obviously Drake and OVO only put out music and video/film that is of the highest quality for their brand and what their fans have come to expect, and do not want any fans to buy into something that has not come from them,” a representative for Drake added in a statement to The Times.
Drake recently surprise-released his fourth album ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’. Made up of 17 tracks, the album features Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, and PartyNextDoor.
Drake has also been announced as one of the one of the headliners at London’s Wireless festival this year. He joins Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, David Guetta and Avicii on the bill.