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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Watch: Drake Drives Through San Francisco and Oakland in 'The Motto'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 2:15 PM

click to enlarge Drake pals around with E-40 and Mistah F.A.B. in "The Motto." - YOUNG MONEY
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  • Drake pals around with E-40 and Mistah F.A.B. in "The Motto."

Canadian rapper/pop star Drake just dropped the video for his single "The Motto," featuring labelmates Lil Wayne and Tyga. It's the third single from Drake's second album, Take Care, which debuted at No. 1 last month with more than 600,000 copies sold in the first week.

"I'm in the building and I'm feeling myself/ Rest in peace Mac Dre, I'mma do this for the Bay," Drake says on "The Motto," an ode to working hard -- a quality still thankfully associated with this region's independent rap scene.

Filmed largely in East Oakland in late November, the video shows off San Francisco, as well as local MCs E-40 and Mistah F.A.B. The clip opens with a message from Wanda Salvatto, Mac Dre's mother, speaking to her late son. "As long as I'm here, you'll be here," she promises.

Have a look-see at Drake in the Bay after the jump.

"The Motto" gets a fair amount of radio airplay here, which could peeve those who'd like to see a local artist get the spins. But then, it doesn't sound miles apart from a homegrown tune that precedes it, "Swaggin" by iamsu! featuring LoveRance, Kool John, and Skipper.

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